Osmani Jadughar (Museum)
- Founded: 4 March 1987
- Address: Naiorpool Road, Nur Manzil, Sylhet, Bangladesh
- Contact details: [T] [F] [E]
- Opening hours: April-September:
10.30 – 17.30 Sat – Wed
15.00 – 18.00 Fri
09.30 – 16.30 Sat – Wed
15.00 – 18.00 Fri
Closed on Thursdays
- Entrance fee: Free
One of the most famous memorial museum in Bangladesh is the (General) Osmani Jadughar (also known as Osmany Museum) that was founded to honour the country’s most renowned freedom fighter. The museum is in fact a small, colonial-era house located at Dhopa Dighir Par (also known as 'Nur Manzil') area in the heart of Sylhet City Corporation. The jadughar is walking distance from Sylhet Central Jail and Zinda Bazar at the centre of the city and about 8 miles (12km) from the Sylhet Osmani International Airport, also named in the General's honour.
The foundation stone for the humble jadughar was laid on 16 February 1985 and it was inaugurated by the then president of Bangladesh H. M. Ershad on 4 March 1987, three years after the great General had sadly passed away.
'Nur Manzil' is by and large a tin shade building having few rooms and other amenities including an exquisite piazza in the front. One has to cross few meters from the main gate to reach the Museum. A huge portrait of the General, placed in the centre of the entrance hall greets the visitors. Receptionist welcomes the guests. One has to write name and address in the register placed in the reception. A befitting sitting place is also available in the lobby.
Wikipedia - Osmani Museum
The jadughar comprises of three galleries displaying artefacts from General Osmani's life and breathtaking works of art relating to his struggles. The galleries exhibit personal items, photographs and military gear used by Osmani to remind the public and educate visitors about this remarkable man. Amongst the items on display is his bed, dining table and chair, and a photo of young Osmani on the lap of his beloved father.
A handful of staff work tirelessly to take proper care of this precious establishment and preserve the historical items for the younger generation.
- The entire room has been decorated with showpieces similar to a bedroom.
- There are four chairs made of cane and two centre tables, one simple wardrobe and one wooden bed with two side tables.
- The favourite wrist watch, which General Osmani wore till the last hours of his life.
- Military stick, two briefcases, a telephone set, number of books and used crockery, are kept on one side.
- The other side is decorated with an Alana, which contains two suits, two uniforms (khaki and deep green), two shirts (white and light blue), two panjabi, a brown sleeveless coat, four pairs of shoes including one military boot, a black umbrella, brown colour well decorated walking stick.
- A round table and a wooden book shelf with many books and magazines from home and abroad including “Who’s Who in the World” (editions: 1978–1979 and 1980–1981) are placed in a corner.
- A man size portrait in military attire is placed on the wall along with Osmani on the lap of his beloved father and many other historical photographs are also kept for display.
- Decorated as a drawing room, there are few furniture made of cane, which includes chairs – four 1 sitter, one 3 sitter, one 2 sitter, a centre table, two side tables etc.
- There are three showcases filled with many valuable and historical items. First one contains the badges, medals, ranks of General and the passport of General Osmani. The second one possesses the mementos, souvenirs and crests. And the third one displays number of credentials, which includes the Certificate of Independence Award – 1985 along with the invitation card and brief biography of the award winners. One card contains the autograph of Mrs. Indira Gandhi of India along with envelop sent to General Osmani.
- Eight huge paintings are hanged on the upper wall of the room.
- Numbers of historical photos are also hanged on the walls of the room. Among them the important few are: General Osmani speaking to the audiences after the ceremonial guard of honour presented by the army on the occasion of the grand arrival of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 10 March 1971, landing at Sylhet airport in 1972, General Osmani with the sector commanders of the liberation war of Bangladesh, with acting president of Mujib Nagar government Syed Nazrul Islam, with president Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury, with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, with Shaheed president Ziaur Rahman, with ex-president Hussain Muhammad Ershad, with the martyrs family at the East Bengal Regimental Centre in 1981 etc.
- A black reading table and chair, bed, prayer stand, Jaynamaz (Prayer Cloth), prayer cap etc. are lay down meticulously as exhibits.
- The other items include one black almirah, one fridge, dining table with six chairs, antique crockery and others.
- The operational map of Bangladesh (scale 1: 2,50,00), used by the General during the liberation war of Bangladesh, is also displayed in this room along with numerous credentials presented by the civil society.
Though there are not much to be seen for the thrill-seekers, the jadughar is an excellent reminder of the simple life and possession of this eminent liberation war hero.
As is evident from the possessions of his old house, he lived a soldier’s life and was not prone to extravagance. He is now buried at the Shah Jalal Mazar like a fellow warrior saint. A few war slogans also decorate the humble museum.
Walking through the Osmany Museum honors the sacrifices and strength of General Osmani, and gives admirers a place where they can be close to their liberating champion and retrace his life and the significant moments in the history of Bangladesh.
The museum authority celebrate the birth (1st September) and death (16th February) anniversaries of General M. A. G. Osmani along with Swadhinata Dibosh (26th March) and Bijoy Dibosh (16th December) at the museum premises.
Osmani Trust & Osmani Centre (London, UK)
- Founded: 2009 (Osmani Trust)
- Address: Osmani Centre, 58 Underwood Road, London, E1 5AW, UK
- Contact details: [T] 0044 (0) 207 247 8080 [E]
- Opening hours:
- Website: www.osmanitrust.org
Osmani Trust – named in honour of General Muhammad Ataul Ghani Osmani - is a youth and community organisation based in Tower Hamlets area of London, UK. The Trust offers a wide range of community, health and sporting initiatives tailored to the needs of the community. Founded on the vision of "helping ordinary people do extraordinary things", Osmani Trust seeks to address issues impacting the community including substance misuse, racial tensions, criminality and anti-social behaviour, territoriality and gang-related violence, unemployment and overcrowding, lack of training and employment opportunities. It also places strong emphasis on the health and social welfare of the community.
Osmani Trust was created following the merger of Elite Youth and Brick Lane Youth Development Association in 2009. One of the key drivers for this was the Tower Hamlets Council's decision to invest the sum of £4.4 million towards the development of the new Osmani Centre.
The Trust has had a rich history of serving the local community of Tower Hamlets and Newham spanning over 30 – 40 years. Originally this was focussed at the needs of the Bangladeshi youth and the issues that were affecting them such as racism, gang violence, drugs misuse and sports inequality.
Over the last decade we have opened and expanded our range of provision. We are now increasingly working with the wider diverse community of Tower Hamlets. Our service now include mentoring, employment, education, as well as adult health & well-being. The Trust engages well over 800 people on a weekly basis. This equates to over 40,000 contacts on an annual basis.
Osmani Trust (2014)
Aasha Project = Geared towards cutting crime, reducing the fear of crime, promoting citizenship and bridging the gap between communities. Focuses pre-dominantly on young people from the ethnic minority community aged between 16-21, who are at risk of becoming socially excluded or engaging in youth conflict, crime and drugs or anti-social behaviour.
- Amaal Girls Project = Works with young women aged between 8 and 25. Delivers a range of activities and opportunities for girls in a culturally sensitive environment with the aim of encouraging more young women into mainstream provision such as education, training, employment and community work.
- Can Do Community Grants = Donates small grants of up to £500 to individual community members or informal community groups who encourage members of your local community to be more physically active or to eat well and maintain a healthy weight.
- Community First = Donates small grants of £250 – £2,500 to community members and groups who are working in or from the following wards: Mile End and Globe Town, Bethnal Green North, Bethnal Green South.
- The Education & Employment Project = Offers a comprehensive support programme to help young people (15-25 years) into education, training and employment. Supports young people who are traditionally ‘hard to reach’ and those who are classified as NEET (Not in Education, Employment and Training) to access education, training and employment opportunities.
- The Health Trainers = A scheme which follows recommendations made in the government's white paper "Choosing Health: making healthier choices easier" (2004) and is part of the government’s plans to encourage healthier lifestyles after evidence of widespread obesity and ill-health. The move reflects the concerns raised by local communities over the inequality of standards of health.
- OC Active = Aims to reduce child obesity in Tower Hamlets by instilling healthy lifestyles for young people in Tower Hamlets. Does this through the promotion of healthy eating, physical activity, sports coaching and focused support for young people who are above a healthy weight.
- Shaathi Mentoring Programme = Implements an early intervention approach in working with disadvantaged and deprived members of the BAME (Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic) communities.
- Youth Academy = A weekend school for young people between the ages of 9-16. Combines 3 quality services (Supplementary Education, Self-Defence and Arts, Languages and Religious Education) under one roof at an affordable price, all delivered from the new state-of-the-art Osmani Centre.
- Youth Club & Holiday Project = Aims to empower young people through advice, information, education and practical support, to allow them to make informed decisions about their lives. The Project aims to be more than just a 'youth club' and sees the development, needs and aspirations of young people as paramount. It takes a leading role in representing the views of young people at all levels.