Rani Rasmoni: Queen of Hearts

In 19th Century, the issue of widow remarriage had raised the hackles of the Hindu society. But its advocators had another concern.…

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Nabab Wajid Ali Shah: The Legacy Lives on

When filmmaker Satyajit Ray was shooting his period film "Shatranj ke Khiladi" set against the backdrop of the British annexation of Awadh…
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A Doctor Of All Maladies

Every year we celebrate National Doctor's Day on July 1, in memory of our second Chief Minister, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy who…
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Bhola Moira & ‘Babu’ Calcutta

Most of us are familiar with the celebrated kabiyal, Bhola Moira only through the various romanticised presentations on screen. Two of the…
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The Boat Museum

Proverbially known as the “land of rivers”, Bengal once nurtured a flourishing maritime community. The heritage of Bengal is indebted to its…
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ArtsAcre Museum

ArtsAcre at New Town with its 1,65,000 square feet campus is more than a museum. It seamlessly houses galleries, lobbies, studios, caféteria,…
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Smaranika –The Tram Museum

In one of the most inconspicuous of settings, in the very heart of Kolkata, evading the frenzied Kolkatans, lies a fascinating museum.…
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Science Exploration Hall – Science City

Science City, a one-of-a-kind edutainment park in India, was developed by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) and inaugurated on 1st…
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Gurusaday Museum

Removed from the humdrum of city life, off Diamond Harbour Road in Joka, lies a hidden gem – the Gurusaday Museum. Sir…
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Nehru Children’s Museum

The word ‘museum’ immediately brings to our mind an old, archaic display of articles far beyond the interest of small children. Located…
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Bangiya Sahitya Parishad Museum

The vintage building of the Bangiya Sahitya Parishad is a blink-and-miss structure on Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road. Receiving zero publicity, it is…
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Jorasanko Thakurbari – Rabindra Bharati University Museum

Tagore’s home, Jorasanko Thakurbari, is expectedly a thriving centre of art and education that attracts large numbers of tourists every year. Built…
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History Revisited: Swami Vivekananda’s house

No matter how hip Kolkata tends to become with every passing day, the heritage houses of the city never get withered of…
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What a Marvel!

Kolkata has always been known as the 'City of Palaces' and a recent visit to Marble Palace, located at Muktaram Babu Street…
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Past Perfect

We Kolkatans take pride in our culture, tradition, history, people, food and our rich heritage and rightly so. Kolkata has always been…
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Samriddhi Bhavan: History of Indian banking

Samriddhi Bhavan, the headquarters of State Bank of India is much more than just a building. Housing the archives and a museum…
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Relics of Calcutta’s History

The onset of autumn signifies the homecoming of the Goddess Durga with her four children. And as the Sanskrit chants fill up…
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Esplanade Mansions: The Grand Palace of the City

If Calcutta was once called the city of palaces, it is more likely it owed its name to stately buildings like Esplanade…
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The Old Mint: A Heritage Treasure

Siraj-ud-Doulah, the Nawab of Bengal captured Fort William on June 20, 1756 and renamed Calcutta as Alinagar. But after the Battle of…
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A House No More

Calcutta University, established in the year 1857, marked the fruition of the deep yearning for Western education that had surged through Bengal…
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Sanskrit College

The Ionian pillars of Sanskrit College today appear to be highly incongruous considering that the institution was set up to teach Indian…
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Tribal Museum

The Ambedkar Bhavan, standing inconspicuously at the Kankurgachi Morh on the busy CIT Road, houses four fascinating museums, graceful in contrast to…
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Presidency University Museum

Rising like a Colossus from the noisy urban landscape of College Street of Kolkata, the Presidency college is a monument to the…
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The Asiatic Society

Sir William Jones (1746 – 1794), once a puisne Judge of old Supreme Court, dreamt of a centre for Asian studies, which…
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Visiting the Calcutta Gallery at Victoria Memorial

Perhaps the most iconic and definitely the most eye-catching of them all, Victoria Memorial, is a resplendent fusion of brilliant architecture, history…
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Netaji Bhawan: Abode of the biggest hero of India’s freedom struggle

India’s freedom movement gave birth to several leaders with indomitable desire to free the nation from the grasp of British rule. Born…
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Sports Museum at Newtown

Be it Eden Gardens or the eternal rivalry between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan— Kolkatans never miss a chance to indulge themselves…
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Raja Rammohun Roy Memorial Museum

Kolkata boasts of many historical buildings but the residential house of Raja Rammohun Roy at 85A Raja Rammohun Sarani in north Kolkata…
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Vivekananda Museum

Museums usually remind you of archaic, dusty places, often dimly lit, leaving you cold with a sense of disconnect with the past.…
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A nation's banking history

Be it Rabindranath Tagore's financial records or the account opening letter of theosophist Annie Besant, visitors are sure to get overwhelmed by…
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Sabarna Sangrahashala: A house of treasure

Once upon a time, they owned the three prosperous villages- Kalikata, Sutanuti, Gobindapur which grew into the city of Calcutta. Centuries later,…
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State Archaeological Museum: Preserving the past

Bengal’s rich archaeological heritage dates back to the pre-historic times. Starting from the Black and Red Ware settlements that spread from West…
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Howrah Rail Museum: Chugging out history

Every Indian has perhaps at least one indelible childhood memory of an incredible train journey. Despite the age of plane hopping, trains…
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Hanging of Nanda Kumar

While travelling from Hastings towards Kidderpore Bridge, one comes across a traffic island on St Georges Gate Road. Unkempt, encroached upon, the…
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