Old Dhaka Proofsheet

A Photo Gallery By Heather Farish

Visiting Old Dhaka in Bangladesh is like stepping back in time with its treadle sewing machines, rickshaws as the main form of transport, the pounding mortar and pestles and goods being transported atop peoples heads.

Bearded man with chickens on his head
Bearded man with chickens on his head
Two metal kettles heating over a flame
Two metal kettles heating over a flame
One man sits among wooden boats
One man sits among wooden boats
South Asian boys looking through a metal gate
South Asian boys looking through a metal gate
Conch shell bracelets
Conch shell bracelets
Sitara Mosque, Dhaka
Sitara Mosque, Dhaka
Lalbagh Fort in Dhaka with flowers
Lalbagh Fort in Dhaka with flowers
A water taxi with people in it
A water taxi with people in it
Selling pumpkin flowers
Selling pumpkin flowers
Man sitting behind a fruit stall
Man sitting behind a fruit stall
Girl in Old Dhaka courtyard
Girl in Old Dhaka courtyard
Pink Palace in Old Dhaka
Pink Palace in Old Dhaka


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Caption List:

Photo 1. The area around Sadarghat Port in Old Dhaka is busy with activity including this man who was selling chickens. This man transports them in a basket carried on his head.

Photo 2. Two metal kettles heating over a flame in Shankharia Bazaar, a Hindu section of the city where there are many stalls and shops selling all sorts of goods.

Photo 3. One man sits among wooden boats on the Buriganga (or Old Ganges) River, which is the main waterway in Dhaka.

Photo 4. These boys are looking through a metal gate next to the mosque that forms part of the Lalbagh Fort complex.

Photo 5. Conch shell bracelets are found in Hindu Street or Shankharia Bazaar in Old Dhaka. Each design is individually filed into it by hand.

Photo 6. The Sitara or Star Mosque, in Old Dhaka, dates from the early 18th century but has been changed dramatically since then.

Photo 7. Lalbagh Fort is a reminder of Bangladesh's Mughal past. It was begun in 1677 but never completed. The complex consists of three monuments: Diwan or the Hall of the Audience, Quilla Mosque and the Mausoleum of Pari Bibi.

Photo 8. A water taxi with people in it on the Buriganga (or Old Ganges) River is the main waterway in Dhaka. Sadarghat Port is the base for both wooden water taxis and the large ferries that provide transport around Bangladesh.

Photo 9. Located in Old Dhaka, Shankharia Bazaar is a Hindu section of the city where there are many stalls and shops selling all sorts of goods, pumpkin flowers being just one.

Photo 10. Man sitting behind a fruit stall located in Old Dhaka. Here Shankharia Bazaar is a Hindu section of the city where there are many stalls and shops selling all sorts of goods.

Photo 11. Located in Old Dhaka, Shankharia Bazaar is a Hindu section of the city where there are many stalls and shops. Behind the shop facades are fading buildings such as this containing colonial, Hindu and Muslim architectural features.

Photo 12. Ahsan Manzil or the Pink Palace in Old Dhaka was built in 1872 by one of the city's wealthiest land owners. It was restored in the late 1980s.