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Samar Das – An Influential Musician

There are many music artists who find fame outside of their country of birth, but there are few who have left an indelible mark locally and internationally. Samar Das was one such a musician, who became a legend in the music industry in Bangladesh, as well as an iconic music director in Pakistan. He composed more than two thousand songs during his lifetime, and is remembered as a musician and member of the music industry who made a major impact and will always be held in high esteem for his contributions.

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Bengal History: Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Born on 22 May 1772, Raja Ram Mohan Roy became a very influential figure in Bangladesh and is considered to be the pioneer of modern India. He reformed numerous practices within the Hindi culture, such as the abolishment of the traditional practice that forced widows to sacrifice themselves on the funeral pyres of their husbands, called sati. He not only influenced religious practices but also education, politics and public administration. He assisted in the progress of the country and laying the foundations to developing the country to what it is today.

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The Kuki People of the Chittagong Hill Tracts

The Kuki people of Bangladesh reside in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and are an ethnic group that was first documented by the author Rawlins. Due to policies brought in by the British, this group can be found across borders in Burma and in India. Lieutenant Colonel Shakespeare included the Kom, Gangte, Chothe, Hmar, Moyon, Anal and others under the term Kuki due to the fact that the term Kuki refers to 'Hillsmen'.

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The Folk Music of Bangladesh

Bangladesh is country that has very deep traditional music roots. Music was not only used as a form of documenting the lives of people by writing songs about them, but it was a vital part of their prayers. With Hindu mythology playing such an influential role in folk music, many of the songs that were written include praise to their gods. Also, the songs were composed for different groups in the community, such as hermits, fishermen and cart drivers, each having specific songs relating to them.

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Jinjira Palace - A Relic of the Past

Dhaka is a city in Bangladesh that is blanketed in history. Some if its structures, temples and monuments stand as reminders to the turmoil and wars that shaped the country. One such a structure is the Jinjira Palace. Although all that remains is mostly ruins, it was once a building that was filled with success and nobility. It is also a palace that is shrouded in tragedy and misfortune. Visitors to this site can gain a glimpse into its former greatness.

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The Garo Tribe

In the year 2001 it was estimated that the Garo population had risen to approximately two million, residing in parts of Bangladesh as well as India. The highest numbers of Garo in Bangladesh are located in Sylhet, Rangpur, Moulovibazar and Gazipur. Almost all the traditions, cultural customs and language are passed down from generation to generation, leaving nearly no trace of the Garo Tribe on paper. Their history can, however, be traced through the documents of others.

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Magpie Robin – National Bird of Bangladesh

Each country has a number of national emblems and Bangladesh is no different. The Jackfruit, or Kathal, is considered the national fruit as it is used in traditional cooking and the Water Lily is their national flower, as it can be found in water ways and ponds everywhere in the country. When it comes to the national bird of Bangladesh, a small but distinctive bird has made its way to the top, namely the Magpie Robin. And Bangladesh is proud to have this little bird as a national emblem, as can be seen in monuments and even on its currency.

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The Bawms of Bangladesh

The Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh are well known for the diverse ethnic groups who have lived there for countless generations, with many of their traditional customs unchanged by modern progress. There are eleven ethnic groups residing in the area – Marma, Tripura, Chakma, Tanchangya, Chak, Mru, Khumi, Pangkhua, Khyang, Lushai and Bawn – the latter being one of the largest tribes in numbers. The Bawm live primarily in the districts of Bandarban and Rangamati. They are part of the Chin indigenous group known as "Lai", and this has resulted in the group being erroneously referred to as Lai. Other names the Bawm have been referred to by authors, researchers and authorities in the past include Kuki, Zo, Bonjugi, Bonzogi, Bom, Banzu, Banjoos and Bawmzo.

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