Bhabanagara Foundation

Safeguarding for Intangiable Cultural Heritage of Bangladesh


Bhabanagara Foundation dreams of establishing a cultural force through its vision and mission to highlight the national image in the eyes of the international audience. It is committed to reviving the cultural origin and spreading the essence of its beauty in order draw back attention to the roots.

Bhabanagara Foundation aims at articulating age old multidimensional language, literature, education procedure and cultural performances among people in-country and abroad.
Bhabanagara Foundation intends to coordinate relevant research works done and going all over Bangladesh and West Bengal of India as well as overseas on Bangla language, literature and culture.
Ancient and medieval Bangla was really rich in education for spreading knowledge, cultural performances, productions, economics and development of civilization. Bhabanagara Foundation will work to revive the historical glory of Bangla through field based research and indicating their significance through the motivation of all level stakeholders.

Chairperson of Bhabanagara Foundation

Saymon Zakaria

Saymon Zakaria is internationally recognized for his ethnographic field-surveys that relate to Intangible Cultural Heritage. A scholar of Bangladeshi folklore, he wrote a doctoral dissertation titled “The Traditional Theater in Bangladesh: Content and Mode of Language”. Besides writing plays, he has conducted ethnographic field surveys related to Intangible Cultural Heritage.

He has delivered academic lectures on language, literature, and culture to the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California (Santa Barbara), the University of Washington, the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and the Sapientia-Hungarian University of Transylvania. Additionally, he has attended and conducted various workshops in France, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Philippines and different regions of India. He is currently Assistant Director of the Bangla Academy.

His books include Pronomohi Bongomata: Indigenous Cultural Forms of Bangladesh; Prachin Banglar Buddho Natok [The Buddhist Theatre in Ancient Bengal]; Bangladesher Lokonatok: Bisoy o Angik-Boychittra [Folk-Theatre in Bangladesh: Variation of Content and Phenomenon]. He has co-edited, with Keith Cantu, Carol Salomon’s City of Mirrors: Songs of Lālan Sāi (Oxford University Press, 2017). He received Bangla Academy Literary Award 2019.

He is Deputy Director in the Department of Culture of the Bangla Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Saymon Zakaria was born on 3rd December 1972 in Kushtia, Bangladesh.

Bhānagara Publications

সাধুপরিবারে গান

ভাবনগর ২০১১ খ্রিষ্টাব্দের ৩০শে সেপ্টেম্বর ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের নাটমণ্ডপে “সাধুপরিবারের গান” অনুষ্ঠানের মাধ্যমে কার্যক্রম শুরু করে। সেই অনুষ্ঠান উপলক্ষ্যে একটি প্রকাশনা-স্মারক প্রকাশিত হয়।

সংগীতনৃবিদ্যা [Ethnomusicology]

ভাবনগর ফাউন্ডেশন ২০১৩ খ্রিষ্টাব্দ থেকে ২০১৫ খ্রিষ্টাব্দ পর্যন্ত সংগীতনৃবিদ্যা বিষয়ক তিনটি সিম্পোজিয়াম করেছে। তার মধ্যে প্রথম ২টি সিম্পোজিয়াম নিয়ে ভাবনগর ফাউন্ডেশন সংগীতনৃবিদ্যা [Ethnomusicology] শীর্ষক এই স্মারক প্রকাশনা করে।


প্রাচীন বাংলার চর্যাপদ গানের পুনর্জাগরণের লক্ষ্যে ২০১৪ খ্রিষ্টাব্দ থেকে ভাবনগর ফাউন্ডেশন বাংলাদেশের ভাবসাধকদের সমন্বয়ে  ভাবনগর সাধুসঙ্গ আয়োজন করে আসছে। ২১শে ২০১৬ তারিখে বৌদ্ধপূর্ণিমার তিথিতে চর্যাপদের প্রকাশনার ১০০ বছর পূর্তি উপলক্ষে বাংলাদেশ শিল্পকলা একাডেমির সাথে যৌথভাবে চর্যাপদের গানের পুনর্জাগরণের আসর করে। সেই আসর উপলক্ষ্যে “অদ্বয়বঙ্গাল” নামে এই স্মারক প্রকাশনা করে।


Bhābanagara, the International Journal of Bengal Studies, is a peer-reviewed journal published two times a year by the Bhābanagara Foundation. The journal publishes original articles in the field of Bengal or Bangla Studies, as broadly defined. The views expressed are the authors, not necessarily those of the Foundation or its officials. Articles and communications should be seated to the editor Books and audio recordings for review and citations for current publications should also be sent to the appropriate editor or bibliographer.


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