Perhaps you are already informed about the dreadful fire incident at the Chakma Rajbari, Rangamati on 10 November 2010 evening, when the Palace of Chakma Chief was gutted by fire. The Chakma Rajbari was a symbol of our pride and testimony of the rich History of Chittagong Hill Tracts. Within an hour of fire incident many precious and invaluable archeological artifacts and historical documents were lost, including the irreplaceable ivory made Royal Throne of Rani Kalindi (Queen Kalindi). The loss cannot be measured in monetary terms.
The destroyed Rajbari is not only the residence of Chakma Circle Chief but also a symbol of tradition and unity of different ethnic peoples of CHT who have been living there for hundreds of years.
Fortunately, some of the valuable objects survived the drastic fire incident. It is urgent that we make a joint effort to preserve these precious assets for the sake of the people of CHT and the diverse cultural heritage of our country. We intend to exhibit the preservations to the public at a later stage.
In line with this initiative and with kind consent of the Chakma Circle Chief Barrister Devasish Roy, a 19 member committee of the Chakma Circle Heritage Council (CCHC) was formed, convened by Mr. Goutam Dewan, with representation of different ethnic communities and peoples of CHT. Professor Mong Sanu Chowdhury, Ms. Anjulika Khisa and Mr. Ching Kew Roaza are designated as co-convener of the committee and among other general members there are Ms. Nirupa Dewan, Mr. Ranglai Mro, Kirti Nishan Chakma, Mr. Mathura Tripura, Hari Kishore Chakma and Md. Nizam Uddin. (Complete list of the committee is available at www.chakmaraj.com)
The primary objectives of the Committee are as follows -
01. To facilitate reconstruction of the destroyed Rajbari.
02. To prepare a master plan of the entire area of Rajbari island/compound.
03. To preserve properly the surviving historical documents and other archeological artifacts under Museum & Archive centre to be built.
Undoubtedly, the rebuild of Chakma Rajbari and the implementation of the above mentioned initiatives will require a large sum of funds which will only be possible with your support and contribution.
In this regard, the CCHC has opened a savings account in the name of Chakma Circle Heritage Council with the following details:
Account no: 1071379, Agrani Bank, Banarupa Branch, Rangamati
We would like to request all well-wishers and friends to send contribution to the above mentioned account.
You will be delighted to know that a team of local architects, with the guidance of Raja Devasish Roy, have already started working on the design of the Chakma Rajbari complex that will carry the Cultural Tradition and History of greater Chittagong Hill Tracts. We hope that this will be the place which will represent the diversity of culture, history, traditions, heritage of the CHT.
Finally, we appreciate your generous support and cooperation towards the initiative to preserve the remaining heritage and historical documents.
Goutam Dewan, Convener
Mong Sanu Choudhury, Co-Convener
Ching Kew Roaza, Co-Convener
Anjulika Khisa , Co-Convener