Third Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk

Wikipedia Takes Kolkata III

Third Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk, 23 February 2014

Also see: Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalks

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.

Third Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk, Group Photo (Not the whole group)

Third Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk, Group Photo (Not the whole group)

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.

Introducing the objective of Wiki Walk (Photos: Biswarup Ganguly)

Introducing the objective of Wiki Walk (Photo: Biswarup Ganguly)

The first edition of the Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk was held on 18 Dec. 2011 and was restricted to active Wikipedia contributors only. The first edition of the Wikipedia Photowalk focused on Colonial calcutta and was centred around Lal Dighi (Tank Square).

The second edition of the Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk was held on 3 march 2013 was however open to all and Facebook played an active role in promoting the event.

29 walkers took the road exploring the diversified aspect of Calcutta (Kolkata), focusing mainly on Chinese Temples, Parsi Fire Temples, Jewish Synagogues, Russian Theaters,  Armenian and Portuguese churches.

Off goes the Wiki walkers  (Photos: Biswarup Ganguly)

Off goes the Wiki walkers (Photo: Biswarup Ganguly)

The Third edition of the Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk, oficially known as the Wikipedia Takes Kolkata 3, was held on 23 Feb 2014 and participation was restricted to regular contributors and persons interested in editing Wikipedia.

This time the focus shifted to the North and 21 walkers took the road on a long walk through the lanes and by – lanes of North Calcutta (kolkata).

The 7 km walk focused on the diversified aspect of north Calcutta (Kolkata) and covered a diversified range of places from Muslim Graveyards to towering Hindu Temples and from crumbled mansions to well maintained Jain Temples.

Breakfast Break, Wikipedia Takes Kolkata 3 (Photo: Biswarup Ganguly)

Breakfast Break, Wikipedia Takes Kolkata 3 (Photo: Biswarup Ganguly)

The 5 1/2 hour long walk started from Manicktala with a small introduction on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. The walkers soon hit the road walking through open air markets and narrow lanes. The wlak ended at the majestic but crumbling Belgachia Rajbari.

With the walk complete the job was only half done. The participants soon started to upload there photos in Wikimedia Commons under the category   “Wikipedia Takes Kolkata 3.” and several of the photos have already been used in different articles of Wikipedia.

Places Covered in Wikipedia Takes Kolkata 3:

Through the lanes.. (Photo: Aurobindo Dutta)

Through the lanes.. (Photo: Aurobindo Dutta)

  1. Dargah of Manik Pir
  2. Nakhoda  Kabarsthan
  3. Pareshnath Mandir (Gouribari)
  4. Sathiya Parishad
  5. Mohun Bagan Row (Plaque of 1911 Shield winning team)
  6. Arobindo Ghosh’s arrest plaque
  7. Star Theatre
  8. Basu Bati (Rakshabandhan of Rabindranath Tagore)
  9. House of Girish Ghosh
  10. House of Sister Nivedita
  11. Naba Vrindaban Mandir
  12. Gaudiya Math
  13. Galiff Street Bird Market
  14. Sahu Ballav House
  15. Pareshnath Mandir (Belgachia)
  16. Veterinary College
  17. Belgachia Rajbari

A special thanks to all the participants for making Wikipedia Takes Kolkata 3 a grand success.

  1. February 27, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    I would love to be a part of the next initiatives. Please keep me in loop.

    • March 5, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      The Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk is a regular feature every winter.

  2. February 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Reblogged this on lovinglysurabhi.

  3. February 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    This was a wonderful opportunity to know our city better in the company of like minded people – ended up making quite a few friends and brushing up on history.

    • March 5, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Thanks Suvo, this can be worked out on a regular basis throughout the year.

  4. February 27, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Reblogged this on Another Blog.

    • March 5, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      Thanks Anil CM for the reblog

      • March 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        Welcome!!

  5. February 27, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    When and where shall we find the photos u took ? I am specially interested in the Jaina temple.

  6. February 28, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Sounds great. Would look forward to see the photos. I would love to be a part of it🙂

  7. March 5, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    This is so interesting. I am not aware if any such activity is there from Bangalore.

    • March 5, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      Thanks Indrani for your constant comments. Bangalore had a Wikipedia Photowalk 0n 5 Feb 2011 http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Wikipedia_takes_Bangalore

      Although there have been few photowalks Banglore has a very active Wikipedia community. they meet regularly http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Bangalore

      Please do contact the wiki community and be part of Wikipedia. Wikipedia needs people like you!!!!

      • indrani
        March 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        Thank you so much for the links. I have subscribed to the group, I hope they will give a call.

    • March 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      Thanks Indrani, looking forward for your contribution in Wikipedia!!!!

  8. March 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Why no women in your group?

    • March 5, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      Its a difficult question, none of the three Wikipedia Photowalks in Kolkata had a female participant. Hope to break the trend in the next photowalk!!!

      Another gender biased Wikipedia data. Only 7% of Wikipedia editors are female!!!!!

  9. March 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    I love to be in calcutta!! its really a amazing place to live in the earth

    • March 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Yes Calcutta is an amazing city, full of surprises and hidden gems!!!!

  10. Navpreet Arora
    October 21, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Hi,
    Would love to be a part of the next walk, do let me know how can i register myself. Also would break the jinx of no women participants, maybe i can be the first🙂

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