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Vivekananda Museum

Museums usually remind you of archaic, dusty places, often dimly lit, leaving you cold with a sense of disconnect with the past. Swami Vivekananda's Ancestral House and Cultural Centre, located at the ancestral house of ...

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A nation’s banking history

Be it Rabindranath Tagore's financial records or the account opening letter of theosophist Annie Besant, visitors are sure to get overwhelmed by the priceless collection at the State Bank of India’s archive and museum ...

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Sabarna Sangrahashala A house of treasure

Once upon a time, they owned the three prosperous villages- Kalikata, Sutanuti, Gobindapur which grew into the city of Calcutta. Centuries later, though their palatial houses have somewhat lost sheen, the Sabarna Roy Cho...

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State Archaeological Museum Preserving the past

Bengal’s rich archaeological heritage dates back to the pre-historic times. Starting from the Black and Red Ware settlements that spread from West Bengal’s Burdwan district to the lower slopes of Chotanagpur plateau ...

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Howrah Rail Museum Chugging out history

Every Indian has perhaps at least one indelible childhood memory of an incredible train journey. Despite the age of plane hopping, trains evoke a certain nostalgia. Even the role of railways in developing modern India is...

Heritage Buildings

Sanskrit College

The Ionian pillars of Sanskrit College today appear to be highly incongruous considering that the institution was set up to teach Indian Classical languages but the colonnaded structure serves as a gentle reminder of the...

Personalities

Hanging of Nanda Kumar

While travelling from Hastings towards Khidderpore Bridge, on St Georges Gate Road one comes across a traffic island. Unkempt, encroached upon, the only sign of its importance is the fresh coat of blue paint that the cir...

Personalities

Bhola Moira & ‘Babu’ Calcutta

Most of us are familiar with the celebrated kabiyal, Bhola Moira only through the various romanticised presentations on screen. Two of the films, Anthony Firingi and Bhola Moira even featured the star of silver screen, U...

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A Doctor Of All Maladies

Every year we celebrate National Doctor's Day on July 1, in memory of our second Chief Minister, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy who was also a physician par excellence. The visionary, aptly hailed as the Maker of Modern West Beng...

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Nabab Wajid Ali Shah – The Legacy Lives on

When filmmaker Satyajit Ray was shooting his period film Shatranj ke Khiladi set against the backdrop of the British annexation of Awadh (Oudh), he had asked the great grandson of the deposed Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, “Why...

Personalities

RANI RASMONI – Queen of Hearts

In 19th Century, the issue of widow remarriage had raised the hackles of the Hindu society. But its advocators had another concern. Are those willing to marry widows a sincere lot? A worried Vidyasagar voiced his concern...

Heritage Buildings

A HOUSE NO MORE

Calcutta University, established in the year 1857, marked the fruition of the deep yearning for Western education that had surged through Bengal in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Raja Rammohan Roy, Vidyasagar, W...

Heritage Buildings

THE OLD MINT – A HERITAGE TREASURE

Siraj-ud-Doulah, the Nawab of Bengal captured Fort William on June 20, 1756 and renamed Calcutta as Alinagar. But after the Battle of Plassey, they forced the Nawab to sign a treaty granting them permission to set up a m...

Heritage Buildings

Esplanade Mansions: The Grand Palace of the City

If Calcutta was once called the city of palaces, it is more likely it owed its name to stately buildings like Esplanade Mansions. Despite being a residential block there is nothing mundane about the existence of this imp...

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RELICS OF CALCUTTA’s HISTORY

The onset of autumn signifies the homecoming of the Goddess Durga with her four children. And as the Sanskrit chants fill up the thakur dalaan of Barisha Aachala and the priest uses the pancha pradeep with rhythmic dexte...

Heritage Buildings

Title: Samriddhi Bhavan: History of Indian banking

Samriddhi Bhavan, the headquarters of State Bank of India is much more than just a building. Housing the archives and a museum it serves to remind us of the rich legacy and the history of banking in India beginning with ...

Heritage Buildings

Past Perfect

A Spiritual Sojourn Discover Yourself Gateway to Fairyland Majestic Serenity Art of Spirituality Architecture that’s Truly Global  

Heritage Buildings

WHAT A MARVEL!

Kolkata has always been known as the 'City of Palaces' and a recent visit to Marble Palace, located at Muktaram Babu Street off Chittaranjan Avenue confirmed that. I was probably four or five years when I had first visit...

Heritage Buildings

History revisited: Swami Vivekananda’s house

No matter how hip Kolkata tends to become with every passing day, the heritage houses of the city never get withered of their charm and glory. The ancestral house of Swami Vivekananda at Simla Street, a must visit for al...



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