The Telegraph Huntage
Decoding Calcutta’s Heritage
A two to four member team, a car and a leaflet with clues for eight heritage sites in Calcutta (Kolkata). The team that reached the most spots within a specified time would win. Sounds easy, not exactly…
Thirteen heritage spots were selected and each team had to visit the allocated eight spots, following five different routes. To make it more complex, each spot had two sets of clues, thus making it a total of ten combinations.
Jodhpur Flamenco & Gypsy Festival (JFGF)
13 – 15 March, 2014, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
“The connection between the Rajasthani folklore and the Spanish Flamenco is as old as the gypsies who migrated from India centuries ago. A cultural exchange like the JFGF promises to bring renowned talent from across the globe to explore the roots of music they excel in.”
Cavaliere Roberto Nieddu, Managing & Artistic Director of JFGF
Witness the unique blend of Spanish Flamenco and Rajasthani Folk Music unfolds itself in the backdrop of the gigantic Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Scientific and cultural investigation have proved the migration of Gypsies from India. Over the centuries the Gypsies have developed there own art and music but deep within these performing arts are the hidden Indian roots of the Gypsies.
The objective of the Jodhpur Flamenco & Gypsy Festival (JFGF) is to bring the two arts of Flamenco and the Rajasthani Folk Music on the same stage and explore the evolutions of the two diverse, yet similar, art forms.
The three day (13 – 15 March 2014) JFGF will be held at the Mehrangargh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan and will host the best Flamenco artist in collaborate with the folk artist of Rajasthan.
The three-day festival sets the stage for music and dance performances by Rajasthani and international artist culminating in enchanting evenings followed by gala dinners’ & after-parties.
Jodhpur Flamenco & Gypsy Festival (JFGF) is helmed by the Mehrangarh Museum Trust and conceptualized by CRN Productions.
Wikipedia Takes Kolkata II
Third Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk, 23 February 2014
Wikipedia the world largest online encyclopedia runs entirely on voluntary effort. Each major city in the world has a a Wikipedia chapter, who apart from contributing to Wikipedia carry out different activities like Wikiacademy and photowalks.
The main objective of Wikipedia Photowalk, officially known a “Wikipedia Takes,” is to build a database of photos of landmarks of the city. The photos can later be used in the relevant articles.
McDonnel Monument, Calcutta (Kolkata)
Forgotten Drinking Fountain
“Only dismantling the fountain completely could have done more to hide it from view”
Desmond Doig, An Artist’s Impression
Located opposite the Calcutta (Kolkata) High Court and inside the complex of West Bengal Legislative Assembly is a spectacular drinking fountain. This small but elegant structure is actual a memorial dedicated to William Fraser McDonnell.
In Search of Dutch Legacy with Bauke Van Der Pol
Falta, Aatput (Antpur) and Chinsurah (Chuchura)
From sunken ship to lost cannons and from dilapidated mansions to ruined forts, it was a out of the world experience accompanying Dutch anthropologist and writer Bauke Van Der Pol on his explorations along the banks of the Hooghly.
I had the pleasure of accompanying Van Der Pol on three ocassion covering the places of Falta, Aatpur (Antpur) and Chinsurah (Chuchura).
Ghanpur Group of Temples
The Hidden Gem of Kakatiya Architecture
The scattered ruins of the Ghanpur Temple complex, locally known as Kotagullu, looks like a huge open air museum, with crumbling structures and scattered sculptures.
PHOTO PUBLICATION – X
Two of my photographs on Calcutta (kolkata) was published in the article titled “Colonial Tales” by Monojit Lahiri in the Jet Wings (In flight magazine of Jet Airways) January 2014 issue.
My two published photos:
- Ganga Arati, Bagbazar Ghat, Calcutta (Kolkata)
- Chinese Breakfast, Tiretta Bazar, Calcutta (Kolkata)
St. John, the Baptist, Armenian Church, Chinsurah
Annual Pilgrimage of Calcutta Armenians to Chinsurah (Chuchura)
Also see: Armenians of Calcutta (Kolkata)
Every year on the Sunday after the Armenian Christmas, which is celebrated on 6 Jan, the handful of Calcutta (Kolkata) along with the students of the Armenian College make an annual pilgrimage to the St. John, the Baptist, Armenian Church in the erstwhile Dutch settlement of Chinsurah (Chuchura).
Cherial (Cheriyal) Scroll Paintings
Ancient Audio Visual Art, Chrerial (Cheriyal). Warangal, Andhra Pradesh
As our car meandered through the winding roads of Cherial (Cheriyal) village, it was a total disappointment. I expected houses with intricately painted scroll hanging from the walls, something which I have seen in Raghurajpur (Orissa) and Naya (West Bengal). But Cherial (Cheriyal), which is located in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh and is 100 km from Hyderabad, looks like any other Indian village.
We made our way past playing children, to the studio of famous Cherial (Cheriyal) Scroll Painter, D. Vaikuntham. Its just an ordinary house but a board outside said that it belonged to a National Award Winner.
Referred by Lonely Planet Guide
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Lonely Planet (not the magazine), the largest travel guide book publisher in the world with over 500 covering 195 countries has mentioned my blog in their reference section.
The 15 edition of the Lonely Planet India Guide mention my blog in the resource (reference) section of the Kolkata page.