Jul 24, 2024

Photography Exhibition to Mark International Mt. Everest Day

Photography Exhibition to Mark International Mt. Everest Day

KATHMANDU, June 02: The Nepali Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh hosted a three-day ‘Photography Exhibition’ to observe International Mount Everest Day-2024. The Exhibition is being organized by the Embassy under the theme of ‘Mountain Memories: Connecting Peaks and People’ at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy from 31 May to 2 June 2024. 

Minister of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change of Bangladesh Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP, Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary) Masud Bin Momen, and Nepali Ambassador to Bangladesh Ghanshyam Bhandari jointly inaugurated the exhibition. 

In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Bhandari stated that Mt. Everest Day was not only a reminder of the first historic ascent of the highest peak on earth but also an occasion to reflect on the importance of mountains and mountain ecology. He stressed the urgent need to preserve and protect the entire Himalayan range from the onslaught of climate change. This Exhibition is an attempt to bring Nepal’s mountains and natural landscape to Bangladeshi audience through photographs taken by both Nepali and Bangladeshi mountaineers, trekkers, and photographers, he said. 

Chief Guest of the event MP Saber Hossain Chowdhury stated that Nepal was one of the favoured destinations of Bangladeshi travelers and that mountains including Mt. Everest continued to have a special appeal among them. Stating that mountains are at the frontline of the climate crisis, he emphasized the need to build regional and international partnerships to ensure the prominence of mountain agenda in global climate negotiations.


Special Guest Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary) Masud Bin Momen highlighted the strong cultural and people-to-people contacts between Nepal and Bangladesh. He also underlined the role of mountaineering and trekking in building strong connections and fostering a deeper appreciation of the adventurous spirit shared by the peoples of both countries. 

Salahuddin Ahmed, Secretary of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy commended the Embassy’s initiative in celebrating Mt. Everest Day by organizing the ‘Photography Exhibition’. The curator of the Exhibition Enam Ul-Haque highlighted the emerging trends of mountaineering and adventure tourism in Bangladesh. He stated that each photograph included in the Exhibition would tell a distinct story of courage, determination, and resilience.  

On the occasion, Mohad Babar Ali, a Bangladeshi national who summitted Mt. Everest on 19 May 2024, was felicitated. Tahmina Shaily, the wife of late Khaled Hossain who reached the summit of Mt. Everest in 2013, was also honoured. 

The Inauguration Ceremony was attended by over 300 guests, including Bangladesh government officials, ambassadors, high commissioners, scholars, mountaineers, trekkers, photographers, media persons, and people from all walks of life. About 120 photographs by Bangladeshi and Nepali mountaineers, trekkers, and photographers are on display at the Exhibition, which is being organized with the support of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangla Mountaineering Trekking Club, according to a statement issued by the Embassy.