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Calcutta (Kolkata) Churches

December 19, 2012 33 comments

Calcutta (Kolkata) Churches

~ Compilation of Churches of Calcutta (Kolkata) ~

Kolkata (formally Calcutta) is home to several churches catering to different sects and sub – sects of Christianity. Apart from the well known Protestant and Catholic sects Calcutta (Kolkata) also houses churches belonging to the Orthodox sect including Armenian, Syrian and Greek orthodox sub – sets.

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Photo Publication – XI

April 2, 2014 10 comments

Photo Publicatiom – XI

Spice Route

April 2014

My photo feature on Heritage Buildings of Kolkata, titled “Glimpses of Kolkata” was published in the April 2014 issue of Spice Route (In flight magazine of Spice Jet).

Metropolitan Building, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Metropolitan Building, Calcutta (Kolkata)

The six page photo feature consisted of a total of 11 photos, including a two page spread black and white title photo of the Metropolitan Building.

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Photo Publications

April 22, 2012 3 comments

1. My Puja My Pix 2010 ~ The Telegraph, Kolkata:

My photo was the winner of the My Puja My Pix contest organised by The Telegraph, Kolkata. The photo was published with three other photos in Metro section of  The Telegraph dated 15th October 2010 (Astami).  My photograph was one of the four photos selected out of 200+ odd photos submitted to The Telegraph, Kolkata for the My Puja My Pix contest. My photo, Titled “She on Track” of a small ek – chala durga Idol was shot on the eve of Durga Puja when idols of durga were been transported out of the poter’s quarter of Kumartuli (or Komortuli). Read more…

2. Synagogues of Kolkata:

Two of my photographs on Calcutta (Kolkata) Synagogues were published in the article titled “Say Shalom to Synagogue” by Sonali Shah in the Jet Wings (In flight magazine of Jet Airways) May 2011 issue. The first was a close up of the alter of Magen David Synagogue and the second was a stained glass window of Beth El Synagogue. Read more…

3. Heritage Buildings of Kolkata:

Three of my photographs on Calcutta (kolkata) Architecture was published in the article titled “Stories within Walls” by Partha Mukherjee & Priyanka Mukherjee in the Jet Wings (In flight magazine of Jet Airways) October 2011 issue. My photos included the General Post Office (GPO), St. Andrew’s Church (Kirk) and the arched gateway of Raj Bhavan. Read more…

4. Train to Araku:

My photo of the train to Vizag is published in the article titled “The Greener East Side” by Malyan Pereira in the June 2012 issue of Discover India. This photo was shot during a family vacition to Vizag – Araku in September 2007. This photo showing the Kirandul Express on the way to Araku was shot from the trin with the camera extended out of the window. It was shot with point and shoot digital camera Olympus FE310. Read more…

5. India in World Economy:

Six of my photos have been published in the book titled “India in the World Economy” by Prof. Tirthankar Roy, reader in the Economic History Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The book have been published by the Cambridge University Press. Read more…

6. Kolkata (Calcutta) Photowalk:

On 26th October 2012 the t2 Suppliment of The Telegraph, Calcutta carried an article ON Photowalks. The article covered various aspects of photowalking and also highlighted on the Photowalking clubs of Calcutta (Kolkata) like the Kolkata Photograpers Club (KPC) and Kolkata Weekend Shots (KWS). On 4 th November the Sunday issue of the t2 contained 4 pages of readers photographs, including my photograph. This photo was shot during the Fifth Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk (Kolkata edition). Read more…

7. Gulmarg in Winter:

Two of my photographs on Gulmarg were published in the article titled “A Snow – White Meadow” by Robert Leslie in the Jet Wings (In flight magazine of Jet Airways) November 2012 issue. The photos were shot during my sole trip to Kashmir in December 2009. The first shot shows a typical Gulmarg landscape with snow covered hotels with the snow covered meadows in the foreground. The second photo shows skiing class for first time skiers. Read more …

8. Char Chinar, Dal Lake, Srinagar:

My photograSrinagar6ph of Char Chinar was published in the t2 click section of t2 supplement of The Telegraph, Calcutta dated 28 November 2012. t2 click is the latest addition to t2 of The Telegraph, Calcutta where readers can send their photos on a particular topic set by t2. The innagural topic for the November 2012 t2 click was “A Nip in the Air” and I feel extremely proud to get my photo published in the very first installment of t2 click.  The photograph published features the Char Chinar in Dal Lake in Srinagar Kashmir. The Char Chinar is a man made island in Dal Lake with four giant Chinar Trees in its four corners, hence the name Char Chinar. It was shot during my solo trip to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) during December 2009. Read more …

9. East Calcutta Wetlands:

East Calcutta Wetlands, a paradise (File Photo)Click is Township is a column of Salt Lake supplement of The Telegraph, Calcutta which publishes photographs of its reader clicked in Salt Lake and surrounding areas. Three of my photos titled cloud chasing in Salt Lake were published on 17 May 2013.   East Calcutta Wetlands is a photographers’ heaven. It was also the place where I learned my basics of photography starting with a point and shoot film camera. It was also in the East Calcutta Wetlands I graduated to analog SlR and then to a DSLR. It is also the place where I used to experiment with high end photography skills like HDR and panorama shooting. Read more…

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PHOTO PUBLICATION – III

September 14, 2011 1 comment

PHOTO PUBLICATION – III

JET WINGS

AUGUST 2011

Three of my photographs on Calcutta (kolkata) Architecture was published in the article titled “Stories within Walls” by Partha Mukherjee & Priyanka Mukherjee in the Jet Wings (In flight magazine of Jet Airways) October 2011 issue.

Pages of Jet Wings with my photos

Pages of Jet Wings with my photos

My three published photos:

  • General Post Office (GPO), Calcutta (Kolkata)
  • St. Andrew’s Kirk (Church), Calcutta (kolkata)
  • Raj Bhavan Gate, Calcutta (Kolkata)
General Post Office (GPO), Calcutta (Kolkata)
General Post Office (GPO), Calcutta (Kolkata)

General Post Office (GPO), Calcutta (Kolkata)

General Post Office (GPO) is one of the famous landmark of the city of Calcutta (Kolkata). Built in 1864 the majestic building was designed by Walter B. Grenvile.

Built at the sight of the old Fort William the stairs on the Eastern end of the building still contains the almost invisible brass plate marking the boundary of the old fort. The old Fort William was destroyed by Shiraj – ud – Daulah in 1756.

The majestic building has two wings supported by Ionic – Corinthian pillars and is crowned with a towering dome.

Today it operates as the chief post office of West Bengal and contains a Philately Department and a Postal Museum.

More photos of Calcutta (Kolkata) Architecture.

St Andrew’s Kirk (Church), Calcutta (Kolkata)

St. Andrews Kirk (Church), Clacutta (Kolkata)

St. Andrews Kirk (Church), Clacutta (Kolkata)

Located at the Dalhousie Square St. Andrew’s Kirk (Kirk means Scottish Church) is the first Scottish Church of Calcutta

(Kolkata). The milk white St. Andrew’s Church, with its withe steeple crowned with a black weather cock, stands next to the Writers’ Building.

With the initiative of Scottish man Dr James Bryce, the Scottish community of Calcutta (Kolkata) started building their own church in 1815. Completed in 1818 the St. Andrew’s Church was designed by M/s Burn, Currie & Co. and its steeple was higher than that of the then Anglican Cathedral of Calcutta St. John’s Church, much to the annoyance of Bishop Middleton.

Today the St. Andrew’s Church stands as an oasis of peace in Calcutta’s busiest square.

Another view of St. Andrew’s Kirk (Church), Calcutta (Kolkata)

Raj Bhaban, Calcutta (Kolkata)

“without doubt the finest Government House occupied by the representative of any Sovereign or Government in the world.” Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India (1898 – 1905)

Raj Bhaban Gate, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Raj Bhaban Gate, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Before 1799 the Governor General resided in a rented house, called Bukimham House, located in the same location. It was in 1799 the then Governor General of India, Lord Wellesley, took the initiative of building a palace, because he believed that India should be ruled form a palace and not from a country house.

After 4 years construction was complete at a colossal cost of 63,291 pounds (about 3.8 million pounds in today’s estimate). Wellesley was charged for misusing of Company’s fund and was finally recalled back to England in 1805.

Designed by Capt. Charles Wyatt and on the lines of the Curzon’s family mansion of the Keddleston Hall of Derbyshire, the Raj Bhavan follows a Neoclassical style with distinct Baroque overtones. In a strange coincidence, a 100 years after its construction started, the most illustrious son of the Curzon family, George Nathaniel Curzon came to occupy the Raj Bhavan as the Viceroy of India.

Today Raj Bhavan is the official residence of the Governor of Bengal and one of the leading landmarks of Calcutta (Kolkata).

Raj Bhavan Calcutta (Kolkata) from North Gate

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Standard Life Assurance Building, Kolkata (Calcutta) ~ Beauty in Neglect

April 6, 2012 3 comments

Ranging from the neo – classical Raj Bhavan to the Greco – Roman Writers’ Building, BBD Bagh (formaly Dalhousie Square), Calcutta (Kolkata) is said to have a large concentration of colonial buildings.

Although lesser known than its famed counterparts of Writers’ Building, General Post Office (GPO), St. Andrew’s Kirk or St. John’s Church the Standard Life Assurance Building can be considered as one of the finest buildings around Lal Dighi (formally Tank Square).

Domed Tower of Standard Life Assurance Building, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Domed Tower of Standard Life Assurance Building, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Located at the corner of BBD Bagh (South) and Red Cross Place (formally Wellesley Place) the Standard Life Assurance Building was constructed in 1896 by the famous Bombay based architect Frederick W Stevens, of Victoria Terminus (VT) fame. The building once housed the office of Edinburgh based Standard Life Assurance company.

Established on 23 March 1825 in Edinburgh, the Life Insurance Company of Scotland changed its name to the Standard Life Assurance Company in 1832 by royal assent. At a time when most British insurance companies were reluctant to allow policy holders to travel let alone live in the colonies, due to the high mortality rate, Standard Life pioneered insurance for British subjects abroad. In 1846 the establishment of the Colonial Life Assurance Company was specifically designed to handle business in the British Colonies and India, and could offer attractive terms based on the Colonial’s more accurate assessment of mortality risk in the countries concerned.

Standard Life’s business grew and it merged with Colonial in 1871. In fact, the Standard, already a leading name at home, was now the best-known life assurance company in the British colonies. Having had a presence in India since 1846, following the 1871 merger, its head office was here in Calcutta and it also had an office in Bombay.

Set in grey – brown sandstone, this is yet another British commercial building which seems to have been transplanted to Bengal from England. Sadly the building is in an extremely run down states and is over grown with large trees, whose roots have embedded deep into the structure of the magnificent building.

Stucco work of Musician, window arch, Standard Life Assurance Building

Stucco work of Musician, window arch, Standard Life Assurance Building

The multi domed tower dominates the building’s North – East corner. The entrance on the Northern wall is through an arched gateway crowned by a triangular pediment housing the  Standard Life’s logo of the biblical Ten Virgins in statue form in the main pediment; the parable of the Ten Virgins.

The building also contains excellent stucco work, starting from the parable of Ten Virgins on the entrance pediment each circular window arch and parapets. The window arches contain beautiful stucco works of musicians.

Although there have been several efforts to revamp and restore the colonial structures of BBD Bagh (Dalhousie Square) this building has received any attention.

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