Before starting today’s blog one thing we would like to know from you, readers…In today’s world of machines, electricity and all, who wants to go back to that era when there were no machines for carving a stone or wood, no spray colors or different techniques to paint a canvas but had many unique ideas of creativity which even today astonish us. Hasta Shilpa Mela – Kolkata
Time has no divisions to mark its passage; there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.
Time passes away in its own pace and so the culture, society and our surroundings also. Today is the present and yesterday creates a history for us.
In this post we will take you in the anticlock direction and our destination – the vintage photographs of Calcutta, now known as Kolkata, taken by many photographers of that time. If you take a walking tour around Kolkata, maybe you will get very little similarities between “The Old Calcutta” and “The New Kolkata”.
The Kolkata “City Of Joy” formerly known as Calcutta in English, situated in West Bengal located in Eastern India on the east bank of the River Hooghly and formerly it was the capital of India during the British Raj up to 1911 and later moved to New Delhi, India.
Kolkata used to consist of three villages- Kalikata (Fishing Village), Gobindapur and Sutanuti (Riverside Weavers’ Village).
The word Kolkata derives from the Bengali term Kalikata (Bengali: কলিকাতা) the name of one of three villages.