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Pay a Visit to the City of Schools

Located on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in the Mymensingh District of the Dhaka Division of Bangladesh, the city of Mymensingh was formed by the British East India Company in 1787 and has a fascinating political and cultural history. It also has a number of interesting landmarks which visitors may want to add to their itineraries. These include the Bishyanath Temple, the Mymensingh Museum, the Fish Museum and Biodiversity Center, the Zainul Abedin Museum and Alexander Castle.

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Abdul Mannan Syed – Literary Master

Award-winning Bangladeshi author, poet and researcher Abdul Mannan Syed was born in 1943 in the village of Jalalpur in what was then the region of West Bengal, now Pakistan. This was a time of famine, unrest and upheaval that forced his family to move to East Bengal and then to East Pakistan, to settle in Dhaka, in the region which is now Bangladesh. This upheaval was very difficult for Abdul Mannan Syed and he reportedly said that he always felt like a refugee. Nevertheless, his contribution to the Bangladeshi literary world is widely acknowledged and he was, and continues to be, viewed as an asset to the country.

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Talented Songstress Runa Laila

Runa Laila may have started her singing career quite by chance, but once her immense talent was recognized, she went on to develop a successful career as a playback singer for the film industry in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India during the period of the late 1960s through to the early 1980s. She is also known for her talent in performing Ghazals – a poetic form of expression based on universally shared themes such as love and separation – as well as performing as a duet with Pakistani singer Ahmed Rushdi.

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SM Sultan: A Talented Artist

SM Sultan, born Sheikh Mohammed Sultan in 1923, was destined for greatness, as doors seemed to open for him around every corner, enabling him to leave behind a legacy of greatness and eccentricity. He was born in East Bengal, which is now known as Bangladesh, and showed passion and immense talent from an early age. After attending school for five years, SM Sultan joined his father at work as a mason. While looking at the buildings his father was constructing, Sultan began to sketch them with the greatest of detail, and dreamt of attending an art school in Kolkata to study his passion for art and enhance his talents.

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Michael Madhusudan Dutt: A Pioneer in Bengali Drama

Michael Madhusudan Dutt is said to be Bangladesh's pioneer in drama – a respected dramatist and poet from the nineteenth century. Meghnadh Badh Kabaya is a famous epic written by Dutt, which is filled with tragedy and consists of nine cantos that complete this work. Michael Madhusudan Dutt wrote poems about love and sorrow as seen through the eyes of women, placing him amongst the greatest poets of his time. He was born in 1824, in East Bengal, which eventually became Bangladesh, and passed away in 1873, leaving behind a magnificent literary legacy.

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The Bihari People in Bangladesh

The Bihari are spread out across a wide area, with this unique ethnic group found in West Bengal, Pakistan, North India, Maharashtra and Bangladesh. They have a rich history and spread out to various destinations in search of work, working in rubber plantations and in sugar cane fields in countries such as South Africa, Surinam, Fiji and Trinidad and Tobago. In 1947 the partition of India took place and a large number of Islamic Bihari people moved to East Bengal, which eventually became Bangladesh.

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Golfing Champion Siddikur Rahman

Born in Bangladesh on 20 November 1984, and currently resident in the capital city of Dhaka, Mohammad Siddikur Rahman is a professional golfer participating in the Asian PGA Tour. Played in Malaysia on Sunday 10 July 2011, the Negeri Sembilan Masters Invitational was won by Siddikur Rahman as he fired an eagle on the final hole of the game. Starting the fourth day of play three strokes behind Malaysian Airil Rizman, who was in the lead at the end of day three, Siddikur fired a seven under 65 claiming a four-shot victory over Danny Chia of Malaysia. In addition to the satisfaction of winning a championship game, Siddikur takes home the prize money of RM78,750.

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History of Hardinge Bridge

Located in the western region of Bangladesh is a structure that was once used as a railway to enable more convenient communication between Assam, what was Eastern Bengal and Calcutta. The proposal to construct the Hardinge Bridge was put forward in 1889, but it took twenty years before the commissioning of the bridge was passed. Today it is the second biggest railway bridge in the country. Just recently the Lalon Shah Bridge was constructed next to the Hardinge Bridge, but it remains a remarkable attraction in Bangladesh.

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