Musikantenland Museum

The Palatine Musikantenland Museum at Lichtenberg Castle near Thallichtenberg in the county of Kusel documents the history of the West Palatine wandering musicians, whose heyday was between 1850 and the First World War. The museum exhibits inter alia historical sheet music, photographs of the bands and musicians as well as travel souvenirs from foreign countries. In addition, to an extensive collection of musical instruments that once travelled the whole world with the wandering musicians, the work of the instrument makers, at that time a flourishing branch of craftsmanship, is documented. Several groups of figures show the life of their families; the exhibits come from the estates of the musicians. Visitors can listen to music recordings of the works of the wandering musicians; the museum has a historical picture archive, a literature archive and an archive of handwritten sheet music, which can be used for research purposes on request. The Palatine Musikantenland Museum opened in 1984 in the tithe barn of Lichtenberg Castle in the Musikantenland.

It was initiated by Kusel-based music teacher and regional historian, Paul Engel, the long-time director of the Kusel Music Society and winner of the Musikantenland Prize. Paul Engel, himself a descendant of a family of wandering musicians, meticulously researches the theme and cultivates the memory of the regional musical tradition with his works. List of music museums Information about the Musikantenland Museum

Sheikh Shawkat Hossain Nilu

Sheikh Shawkat Hossain Nilu was a Bangladeshi politician and chairman of the National People's Party. Nilu was born on 3 April 1952 in the Sheikh family of Tungipara in Gopalganj District, his father was Sheikh Shahadat Hossain. Nilu joined Bangladesh Students' Union in the 1960s, he was the founding Agriculture Secretary of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party. He served as the Student Affairs Secretary to General Ziaur Rahman, he was the Secretary General of the Jatiyatabadi Krishak Dal, the farmers unit of Bangladesh Nationalist Party. He led the Progressive Nationalist Party which merged into the Jatiya Party, after Hussain Mohammad Ershad came to power and became a presidium member, he was the head of the farmers unit of Jatiya Party. He formed the National Peoples' Party, his party joined an alliance with Bangladesh Nationalist Party. In September 2014, he was expelled from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party led alliance after he attended an event at the Gonobhaban hosted by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He created his own alliance, National Democratic Front, with 10 ideologically similar political parties. He was made Secretary General of the alliance. Nilu died on 7 May 2017 in Square Hospital, Bangladesh, he was burried in Banani graveyard