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Happy Street, Fun and Games on Park Street, Kolkata

Happy Street, Fun and Games on Park Street, Kolkata

An Initiative of Times of India

I am no stranger to Park Street as I had spend a decade and half in St. Xavier’s School and College, which has been a second home for me.

Happy Street, Park Street, Kolkata, a Times of India initiative

Happy Street, Park Street, Kolkata, a Times of India initiative

But on 22 March 2015 I entered Park Street from the Chowringhee end and was greeted by a a totally unfamiliar scene.

A  large police contingent blocked traffic into Park Street, Happy Street, Kolkata

A large police contingent blocked traffic into Park Street, Happy Street, Kolkata

The roads were almost empty but there were barricade and vehicles were prohibited entry and there was a large police contingent.

In spite of heavy police presence a car did sneak in, Happy Street, Kolkata

In spite of heavy police presence a car did sneak in, Happy Street, Kolkata

This was Happy Street an initiative of Times of India (TOI) which blocked traffic in Park Street during the morning hours for four Sundays stretching between February and March 2015 and turned it into a fun and game.

Happy Street Map

Happy Street Map

The area covered a rough quadrilateral covering Park Street, Camac Street, Middleton Street and Russel Street (see map above).

Vehicular traffic was totally prohibited in the area from 6 am to 12 noon and cycles were rented out to explore the area, but it was too small an area to cycle and most preferred to walk.

Wheel Chairs on Happy Street

Wheel Chairs on Happy Street

There were no restrictions on wheel chair and elderly and physically challenged people also had there happy moments of the Happy Street.

Boxing at Happy Street

Boxing at Happy Street

The entire region was broken into different zones which hosted different activities. The boxer punched each other in front of the Park Hotel with the official musical band playing next to it.

Happy Street Official Band

Happy Street Official Band

The whole stretch was a free zone for musicians who tried their skills on Bollywood numbers and popular western music.

Musicians at Happy Street

Musicians at Happy Street

The whole are was an artists gallery and kids tried their drawing skills straight on the tarmac of happy street.

Happy Street was a painters' canvas

Happy Street was a painters’ canvas

The crossing of the Park Street and Camac Street was the hula hoop zone, where kids rotated the multi coloured hoop round their hip.

Hula Hoop, Happy Street, Park Street

Hula Hoop, Happy Street, Park Street

The yoga zone was set up next to the Allen Park and on Camac Street attracted men and women of all ages.

Yoga Zone, Happy Street, Park Street, Kolkata

Yoga Zone, Happy Street, Park Street, Kolkata

The Russel Street had the football and the cricket zones. A group of young men tried their hand in cricket.

Cricket at Happy Street, Park Street, Kolkata

Cricket at Happy Street, Park Street, Kolkata

The football arena has the most unusual participant, a group of ladies in burkha!!! kicked the football all over the place.

Women in Burkha enjoys a game of Football, Happy Street

Women in Burkha enjoys a game of Football, Happy Street

The skate boarders performed their stunts in front of the Stephen Court while the roller skaters have their share further towards the Camac Street.

Roller Skaters at Happy Street, Park Street, Kolkata

Roller Skaters at Happy Street, Park Street, Kolkata

The activities of the skaters were not restricted in the skating arena alone as a number of skaters prefer to roam the entire happy street on skates.

Skate Board Stunts, Happy Street, Park Street

Skate Board Stunts, Happy Street, Park Street

A stage was set up near the Flurys and next to it was a message board where Happy Street visitors left their message.

Happy Street Message

Happy Street Message

Russel street was the bikers’ den was at Russel Street and several performed spectacular stunts, sadly very few had proper safety measures like helmet. This is some thing that the organizers needs to check up.

Bike Stunt, Happy Street, Park Street, Kolkata

Bike Stunt, Happy Street, Park Street, Kolkata

The entire Happy Street was a happy zone and the best way to express once happiness is to click a selfie or a groufie.

Selfie time at Happy Street

Selfie time at Happy Street

A special thanks to Times of India (TOI) for turning the Park Street region into a Happy Street.

  1. Arup Majumder
    March 25, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    wonderful coverage @Rangan Da.. specially for us who could not enjoy the moment on those happy days

    Regards
    Arup

    • March 26, 2015 at 11:23 AM

      Dear Arup, Times of India is planning to make Happy Street a regular winter event, so don’t miss out next year.

  2. March 25, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Great captures from the event, Enjoyed seeing them.๐Ÿ™‚

  3. lifestyleproblog
    March 26, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    What a photo walk! Great captures๐Ÿ™‚

    • March 26, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      It was a great experience, other Indian cities can definitely follow.

  4. March 27, 2015 at 4:24 AM

    Wonderful clicks…๐Ÿ™‚

  5. yogi saraswat
    March 27, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Happy street is really happy . It looks very different and amazing live street. very appreciative initiative by TOI

    • March 27, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      Yes Yogi, its a nice initiative. Other cities in India can have their own happy street.

  6. March 28, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Wonderful Photos…….

  7. April 2, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Wonderful photos! What a fantastic initiative. For the past one year Gurgaon (and now Delhi as well) has held a similar Raahgiri Day every Sunday, where the focus is on citizens coming out on public spaces for a few hours to learn something new, do something with loved ones, or just generally unwind from the daily pace of life. Motor vehicles are banned so that people get to walk or cycle around and ‘reclaim the streets’. I hope there are more of such initiatives all over the country!

    • April 2, 2015 at 12:06 PM

      Yes India needs more similar initiative.

  8. February 4, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    ‘Ones’ happiness , not once , and yes he ain’t wearing a helmet because he is happy not to , why does everything have to perfect ๐Ÿ˜

  9. Dev diwakar Dubey
    March 9, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    What is the last day for Happy Streets.?

  10. PRINCE RAY
    March 15, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    It was a great experience,enjoyed alot…………..^_^

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