ICSBA, an Introduction
The facilities to conduct research on Bengal art in Bangladesh are relatively inadequate. The territory of historic Bengal lies partitioned between India and Bangladesh. It is a well known fact that for one or the other reasons the archaeological and historical sites and monuments as well as the few public and private collections of art objects and related institutions, are quite inaccessible to researchers from either side of the international border. In fact, the art heritage of Bengal as a whole is becoming gradually more and more remote to the people whose ancestors created it. Also, in the absence of any institutional initiative, the source materials now preserved beyond this subcontinent, in European and American collections, can hardly be exploited by interested scholars.