Bangladesh, Other|January 2, 2018 3:40 am

Art Collecting Couple to Promote Creativity and Religious Tolerance amidst Rohingya Refugee Crisis


Jet-setting, art-collecting Bangladeshi couple Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani made a visit to Hong Kong in December for a series of M+ museum talks on South and Southeast Asian art and design. Additionally, the Collector also grabbed the opportunity to find a first-hand update regarding their motivated art centre, which is presently under construction and located across the northeastern region of Bangladesh.  According to the reports, the 105-hectare Srihatta-Samdani Art Centre and Sculpture Park would be opened in 2018. The art collection would be showcased in the city of Syllet that has a connection with its historic Sufi shrines.

The place would be appropriate for Samdani’s wide-ranging art collection and as a location for artist residencies and various endorsement of creativity across the countryside underserved by cultural institutions.  It would also become a flare of religious tolerance at the present, as there are millions of Rohingya refugees fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in order to save their lives. Rajeeb, 43, is an Industrialist as well as the Managing Director of the Golden Harvest Group. The company is one of the largest privately owned companies in Bangladesh. The company has a widespread presence in the field of banking, food production, property and insurances.

Both their families belong to Syllet, which lies at a closer distance to the India- Bangladesh border and carries the legacy of British colonial tea gardens and a muscular identity of Bengali language and culture could be found as well. While addressing different aspects Rajeeb remarked that this would be the time of Asia and Bangladesh is one of the progressive countries here.  They were about to emerge as a middle-income country and art would be a vital part of this change.

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