Location of Brahmanbaria in Bangladesh
|• Total||1,927.11 km2 (744.06 sq mi)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,500/km2 (3,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||BST (UTC+6)|
Brahmanbaria (Bengali: ব্রাহ্মণবাড়িয়া Bramhonbaŗia) is a district in east-central Bangladesh. It literally means the place where Brahmins reside. It is a part of the Chittagong Division. It was part of greater Comilla District until 1984.
Brahmanbaria district is located at the east-central region of Bangladesh. It has a total area of 1927.11 km². Brahmanbaria is bounded by Kishoreganj District and Habiganj District on the north, Comilla District on the south, Habiganj District and Tripura State, India on the east and Meghna River, Kishoreganj District, Narsingdi District and Narayanganj District on the west.
The geography of the district is characterized by low-lying land with small hills and hillocks of red soil. The annual highest average temperature is 34.3 °C and lowest 12.7 °C. Total annual rainfall is 2551 mm. The main rivers of the district are the Meghna River, the Titas River, Buri and Haora.
- Brahmanbaria Sadar Upazila
- Ashuganj Upazila
- Nasirnagar Upazila
- Nabinagar Upazila
- Sarail Upazila
- Shahbazpur Town
- Kasba Upazila
- Akhaura Upazila
- Bancharampur Upazila
- Bijoynagar Upazila
- National seat no 243 Brahmanbaria 1 (Current MP Mohammad Sayedul Haq,Minister of Fisheries)
- National seat no 244 Brahmanbaria 2 (Current MP Ziaul Haque Mridha)
- National seat no 245 Brahmanbaria 3 (Current MP R.A.M. Obaydul Muktadir Chowdhury)
- National seat no 246 Brahmanbaria 4 (Current MP, advocate Anisul Haq, Minister of Law)
- National seat no 247 Brahmanbaria 5 (Current MP Shah Zikrul Ahmad)
- National seat no 248 Brahmanbaria 6 (Current MP A B Tajul Islam)
Brahmanbaria has a rich tradition of nurturing art, education and culture. Ustad Allauddin Khan, the great musical talent of the subcontinent and the father of Maihar Gharana of classical Indian music, was born in this district in 1862.
Ustad Ayet Ali Khan established the Alauddin Music College in 1957 Brahmanbaria and Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin established the Alauddin Sangitayan in 1975. Mohorshee Monomohan Dutta is also a remarkable name for his Molaya music. Sachin Dev Burman (better known as SD Burman), the renowned musician of the subcontinent, spent some time in Brahmanbaria. Umesh Chandra Roy was one of the greatest musicians of Alauddin Music institute.
One of the most respected and well known military official in the Bangladesh army, Major General Shakil Ahmed who was killed in the BDR mutiny in 2009 was also from Brahmanbaria.
During the Mughal era, Brahmanbaria was famous for producing quality cloth Muslin. Brahmanbaria was made one of the 3 Sub-divisions of Comilla District by the British rulers in 1860. Brahmanbaria Municipality was established in 1868. It became part of East Pakistan in 1947 which eventually became independent Bangladesh in 1971. During the 19th century, Brahmanbaria produced great nationalist leaders like Nawab Syed Shamsul Huda, who became president of All India Muslim League in 1921, and Barrister Abdur Rasul a front ranking leader of Indian National Congress.
The railway communication of the district is quite extensive in Bangladesh standard. There are four important stations of Bangladesh Railway in this district:
- Brahmanbaria Junction,
- Akhuara Junction,
- Kashba Junction,
- Ashuganj Junction,
- Talshohor Junction.
The district holds important portions of national highways. Dhaka-Sylhet and Chittagong-Sylhet national highways of the country pass through this district.
Places of interest
The principal places of interest in the district are :
- Deity of Shiva at Kal Bhairab Temple at Medda (Early 19th century)
- Jame Mosque of Sarail (1662)
- Shrine of Kella Shahid at Kharampur (early 18th century)
- Tofael-Azam Memorial Tower at the City Centre (1958)
The list of locally published newspapers include:
- Daily Brahmanbaria (1992)
- Daily Pratibedan (1993)
- Daily Ajker Halchal (1997)
- Daily Titas Kantha (1999)
- Daily Samatat Barta (2000)
- Daily Dindarpan (2000)
- Weekly Titas
- Weekly Deshdarpan (1981)
- Weekly Penbridg (1999)
- Fortnightly Charch (1997)
Sahitya Academy Patrika, Nasirnagar Barta, Sarail Barta, Muktaprabaha; extinct- Bangabandhu (1875, Kalikachha), Usha (1893), Hira (1894), Sudhakar (nineteenth century), Santan (1913), Palli Pradip (1920, Kalikachha), Al Bushra (1921), Prajabandhu (1920), Chunta Prakash (1926), Tripura Prakash (1301 BS), Rayat Bandhu (1929, Kalikachha), Jayanti (nineteenth century), Sebak (1957), Parichaya (1964), Samaj (1966), Pari (1966), Vhela (1967), Tridhara (1967), Pratinidhi (1970), Pratibedan (1979), Renessa (1988), Belaseshe (1992, Sarail).
- Musa, Muhammad. Brahmanbariar Itibrittyo, Shetu Prokashoni, Brahmanbaria,1998.
- Shekh Muhammad Sayed Ullah Litu (2012). "Brahmanbaria District". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
- Upazilas of Brahmanbaria. Bangladesh Government.
- Parliament Members from Brahmanbaria. Bangladesh Government.
- Allauddin Khan, The music of India, by Reginald Massey. Abhinav Publications, 1996. ISBN 81-7017-332-9. Page 142-143.
- Poetry, by Hakim Arif, from Banglapedia
- Bangladeshi Novels by Subrata Kumar Das
- Ahmed, Monowar. Bhasha Andoloner Shochitro Dolil, Agamee Prokashani, pp. 110 ISBN 984-401-147-7
- The Listing of Martyr and Details of their Martyrdom Bir Sreshtho - The Highest Gallantry Award
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