Wednesday, 23 Oct 2019

Culinary luxury with tradition

Over half a hundred years old, built in Armenian architecture, is known as ‘Sahib Ghar’, known to the people in the neighborhood. Many say ‘landlord’s house’. The hospitality of the people of this house, spreading the materials of history and heritage, has long been known. In that continuation, an exceptional restaurant has been opened in a section of the house to offer heritage tours and a taste of family dining.

The name is ‘Imran’s Heritage Home’. In the middle of the nineteenth century, the house of Maulavi Abul Khayrat Mohammed, a zamindar of Dhaka and Sonargaon, was built in the middle of the nineteenth century at Becharam Deori in Old Dhaka. Abul Khayrat’s two sons Abul Hasnat and Abu Zafar Ziaul Haq alias Nabalak Mia. Four roads around the house have been named after them. One such street is named by the minor Mia Lane. The house is located at the end of this lane. The house has two parts – Bahir Mahal and Inder Mahal.

In the fifties or sixties of the last century, two family members separated the Bahir Mahal and the Indermahal through the spacious gardens in front of the two palaces. Currently, the grandson of Bahir Mahal, AM’s grandson, AM Imran. The descendants of Abul Hasnat, who lives in Andormahal, recently demolished the old structures of their part and started construction of a multi-storeyed building, but AM Imran did not go that route; Rather, the restaurant has been launched with the intention of preserving the ancient heritage and doing something alternative. Last Thursday, visiting the outside of the Imran-owned Bahram Mahal, the pillars of glass engraved on the eyes, large doors and windows and naxedar railing, with high ceilings, were arranged.

Centennial furniture decorated in a large hallway. There is an old bush brought from Turkey. Two hundred years old holy Quran Sharif, gold ringed sword, Persian book written by hand, perfume collected from various countries of the earth, all the paintings and works of art, including rare materials, inform the house’s tradition. Next to the dining room. The front of the building is remodeled. It was learned that poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, one of the first political leaders of undivided India and Pakistan along with artist SM Sultan took hospitality in this house. In the fifties, several meetings of the United Front were held in this house.

Many of the most influential people were seen in the photographs of ‘Rear Photographs of Eastern Bengal’ compiled by photographer Walker A Khan. Asked about the reason for turning this part of the house into a restaurant, witnesses of various events of the time, AM Imran said, “This house was made famous mainly because of its beauty, hospitality and the hustle and bustle of important people of different times.

Many diplomats have come here before the restaurant opened. Students from the university-level architecture department still visit this house. So I am advised by many individuals and organizations that work on architecture to do something of the kind, so that the building’s history can be preserved along with some income. ”But Imran refuses to call it a traditional restaurant. According to him, those who have a different emphasis on history and tradition are the consumers here. Visitors come here, visit everything, and enjoy family-cooked meals in the family neighborhood.

Commercial matters here are not the main ones. Talking to Imran yesterday, there was a visitor at the tourism sector Excellence Asia Ltd and two proprietors of Holiday.com, AB Siddique and Md. Hafizur Rahman Khan. AB Siddique said, “I think the initiative that focuses on a traditional building is the first in Bangladesh. We will try to spread the wonderful experience of heritage and hospitality here.

 The list of dishes that were served to the guests this afternoon included saffron pola, egg shahi korma, pineapple hints, chicken chop, raw coconut chops, chicken roast, salad and homemade bourhani. Imran said there will be a separate arrangement for guests at night. This house does not have the same menu to serve twice a day. You must contact at least three days in advance to eat at this restaurant. Lunch or dinner can be arranged for a minimum of five and a maximum of 20 people.

Please visit the Launch at Emran’s Heritage Home Facebook page for a preview. Taimur Islam, chief executive of the Urban Study Group, a movement that demanded the preservation of heritage, told First Light, “Imran has set an example before us. Maintenance of older buildings costs a lot. Therefore, if more buildings can be brought under such arrangements in the public-private initiative, then the preservation of heritage will create a way for the income of the building owners. ‘

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