Patuakhali District

Patuakhali, renowned as (Shagar Kanya) the daughter of the sea is a district adjacent to the Bay of Bengal under the Barisal Division and a district located in south-central Bangladesh. Patuakhali is the arch portal to enter the Kuakata beach, which is famous for enjoying both the sunrise & Sunset in a pleasant manner.

Patuakhali possesses an area of 3220.15 square kilometers. Patuakhali geographically is positioned between 21°48′ and 22°36′ north latitudes and in between 90°08′ and 90°41′ east longitudes. Patuakhali city is girded on three fringes by rivers. The two significant rivers are Laukathi and Lohalia, which are recessively interlinked with the Bay of Bengal. Patuakhali possesses an inland airport used for transport and private travel throughout the country.

Patuakhali possesses an area of 3220.15 square kilometers. Patuakhali geographically is positioned between 21°48′ and 22°36′ north latitudes and in between 90°08′ and 90°41′ east longitudes. Patuakhali city is girded on three fringes by rivers. The two significant rivers are Laukathi and Lohalia, which are recessively interlinked with the Bay of Bengal. Patuakhali possesses an inland airport used for transport and private travel throughout the country.

 

Remarkably, several different indigenous tribe communities live here.

Patuakhali district has a rich cultural heritage with eight sub-divisions, five municipalities, seventy-six Union Parishads, and four parliamentary constituencies. To be more specific, Patuakhali never ceases to encourage diversity.

Patuakhali is inhabited by several tribal ethnic communities, remarkably, the Magh and Chakma. Aside from that, there exists a  Rakhine village in  Kalapara Upazila, where all the people of Rakhine ethnic community lives. All of these ethnic groups contribute to enriching the economic stability of this concerned district by making different types of garments like tat cloth, Kamiah, sari, lungi, towel, etc.

Fishing, farming, and agriculture are the predominantly popular professions in the, particularly concerned district.

The government announced to build the third seaport of the country here in Patuakhali. And thus, the planning of the port sparked an affair of honor between India and China. Isn’t that interesting? Indeed! Let’s wait for the port to get established and start its activities!

 

Patuakhali, according to the district statistics, possesses a literacy rate of  54.1%, where the male-female ratio exists as male  56.2% and female 52.0%!

Till April 25, the area patuakhali managed its existence as a free area. Still, just a month before the beginning of the war of liberation in 1971, on April 26, the invaders attacked the city.

The people of patuakhali managed to wipe

all the enemy out of the district on December 08, 1971, after being under the Pak aggressors’ lockdown for an extended period of six months. On this day, on the one hand, the sigh of the pain of losing a relative, on the other side, the joy of liberation, and the joy of sacrifice. But ultimately, they did it all. Notably, the district fought under sector 9 in the liberation war of independence,

Historical landmarks like Mahendra Roy Chowdhury and Rajendra Roy Chowdhury’s Kachari Bari in Baufal Upazila Sadar, the witnesses of more than two hundred years adds an attractive flavor to Patuakhali. At present, these architectural heritages are getting used as the land office of the Upazila.

Whenever one tends to remark on the folk culture of patuakhali, one must keep Jari and Bhatiali music in mind and state at the very beginning, which patuakhali is famous for! There is a widespread practice of music, dance, and uniquely of painting. The following literary and cultural organizations exist in Patuakhali. There are thirty-one cultural organizations in Patuakhali Sadar Upazila. Patuakhali Theater, Sabuj Sangha, Shaheed Smriti Pathagar, Patua Sahitya Parishad, Sundaram, and Likhan Sahitya Parishad, Bikiran Sahitya, and Sanskritik Aangan, Pratibha Shilpi Gosthi, Lekhak Samonvay Parishad, Muktaprangan, Lekhak Adda, Kalkakali, Lok Sangeet Academy, etc.

Over and above, branches of several national cultural and literary organizations exist in Patuakhali. Such as Khelaghor, Udichi Shilpi Gosthi, Rabindra Sangeet Sammilan Parishad, Nazrul Charcha Kendra, Jatiya Kabita Parishad, etc. There are 05 cultural organizations in Kalapara Upazila and 08 in Dashmina Upazila. Since August 06, 2011, an organization named ‘Dakhiner Kabiyal’ has been practicing nurturing and working to develop art, literature, and culture with reputation and utmost endeavor in this particular region. .Shilpakala Academy is the heart of all cultural activities of the district.

This district has an 18 kilometers long beach, a pretty rare case in the world.

Because of high tidal surges, some of the regions of Patuakhali get inundated regularly. And it’s quite a natural everyday scenario of patuakhali as the Bay of Bengal is not that much far from the area, and many Ngo’s are working truly hard to ease the struggle of the people of this natural calamity affected district.

At the gateway of Patuakhali, there is a bridge that connects Barisal (the central hub of Barisal division) with Patuakhali and Kuakata beach.

Bura Ghuranga river view from the bank of Bura Ghuranga river is a resort-type basement close to the Gazi Bhari, East Auliapur, Ronghopaldi, Arojbegi, Dharma.

At a glance of  Patuakhali
1 Area 3221.31  Square Kilometer
2 Population Total: 1535854

Male: 7,53441

Female: 7,82,413

3 Founding Year January 1, 1969
4 Density 480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
5 Literacy rate 65% (2011)
 6 Seats in the Parliament 4
 7 Sector in Liberation War
 8 Post Code 8600

Sub-divisions/Upazilas

  • Bauphal
  • Galachipa
  • Dashmina
  • Kalapara
  • Mirzagonj
  • Patuakhali sadar
  • Dumki
  • Rangabali

Tourist sites

  • Sea Fish Museum,
  • Bura Gauranga Sea Channel,
  • Kuakata Sima Buddhist Bihara,
  • statue of Buddha,
  • Rakhain Palli,
  • Narikel Bithi (series of coconut trees),
  • Jhouban (tamarisk trees),
  • Fatrar Char (mangrove),
  • Gangamatir Char,
  • Rash Mela, Lembur Char, etc.
  • Sonar Char of the Galachipa upazila; other tourist attractions of this upazila include Kalaraja,
  • capital of the kingdom of Queen Kamala of Chandradwip;
  • Babanabad and Bhangabali Channels.
  • capital of Chandradeep Kingdom (Bakla of Kachua, later on transferred to Rajnagar),
  • Kazi Bari, paternal homestead of Sher e bangla. (Bilbilas),
  • Kamala Rani Dighi (Kalaiya),
  • Kuthibari of Ghaseti Begum (on the bank of the river Tentulia)
  • Kanai Balai Dighi (Kanchipara).

Highlighted Personalities

  • AKM Fazlul Haque (Surgeon), The Pioneer Colorectal Surgeon in Indo-Bangla Subcontinent (India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan)
  • Abdul Hadi Talukder (academic)
  • Sohag Gazi, Cricketer of the Bangladesh National cricket team.
  • KM Nurul Huda, Chief Election Commissioner of Bangladesh
  • Abdul Malek,Secretary, Ministry of Information
  • Faiz Ahmed,Senior Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration
  • S.M. Firoj,chief whiff the people’s democratic of Bangladesh
  • Nurul Haq Nur, joint-convenor of Bangladesh shadharon chatro odhikar shongrokkhon porishod and Vice-president,Dhaka University central student’s Union.

Written & Edited by Niaz Mahmud Sakib.

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