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Ancient printing technique exhibition draws crowds

DHAKA, Oct 3, 2017 (BSS) - Visitors thronged the national museum to see the ancient technique of printing and gather knowledge of the history of printing industry at an exhibition that began today.

The national museum authority arranged the exhibition on the ancient technique of printing to focus on its history. The exhibition will continue till October 9.

Talking to BSS, Trustee artist of National Museum Hashem Khan said the history of printing industry is being lost due to advancement of science, adding, "With the cultural movement of Bangladesh in the fiftieth and sixtieth centuries, the history of publishing and printing industry is an important chapter."

He said this printing industry exhibition is a great event for the new generation, as they are getting the past knowledge of the technique of printing industry.

A 15-year-old boy from Keraniganj, Mohammad Hanif said, "I saw this printing machine for the first time and it is a hundred years old."

Some visitors were seen taking copies of the historic 7th March speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, which was being printed by a treadle machine.

Director General of National Museum Fayzul Latif Chowdhury said the letter and the press are the history of the printing industry, adding, "This letter press started journey from the mid-eighteenth century."