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  1. Deepashree choudhury says:

    hello.your website is wonderful and blogs are very informative .I am doing my doctoral thesis on the city of Kolkata and would like to contact you regarding my project.My work involves Morphological transformation of Park Street Kolkata.regards,

    Deepashree Choudhury

  2. Anurima Chanda says:

    Hi, I am using your website for some sources that I need for my doctoral thesis. How do I cite you guys? This is specially in reference to the article on Calcutta School-Book Society. I need: Name of author/compiler/director/editor etc., version, publisher or sponsor of the site, date of publication…

  3. Arunima Sen says:

    Hello Sir,

    It is overwhelming to see such a website being maintained. I am currently working on a research in the urban form of kolkata and how it has changed since the time of the Britishers. I am trying to document mostly central Kolkata. Would love to get in touch in this regard. How may I contact you?

  4. Gautom Banerjee says:

    I am so happy to see the pictures our beloved calcutta of the time of Swami Vivekananda. I am loving it. Great site.

  5. Lord Gothmog says:

    New Market c 1870: Inaccurate date for picture. Two major reasons: (1) I doubt the ‘Kolkata Municipal Corporation’ existed then. (2) The AC was invented in the early 1900s. So I am surprised to see window ACs in an 1870 picture!

    • Thank you Lord Gothmog for pointing out the silly slip-up. You are right; the New Market was built by the architect Richard Bayne in 1873 and inaugurated next year. By this time Bourne left India for good without having an opportunity to take shot of the New Market. My short descriptive note was all wrong. The page, actually one of my unfinished trial posts, is being now withdrawn. Hopefully someday it should reappear with worthwhile content. My apology to my readers, warm wishes for you

  6. Govind S. Negi says:

    Dear Sir,

    Please accept my congratulations on your lovely website.

    I am researching on Kolkata in British Era and would like to publish some of the rare visuals of yours on old Calcutta.

    Could you please provide these visuals available on your website or if you have more. I hope that you will be kind enough to consider my request.

    • Thank you Govind! I am very glad that you have been doing a project on colonial Kolkata. You are welcome to use the visuals brought out in this site. Most of these are in public domain and free from copyright restrictions. Quite a few, however, are digitally edited and kept in my database. If you make use of those by directly downloading from the site, you may like to add an acknowledgement. I look forward to viewing your work. Warm regards. Wish you every success

  7. Having been away from wordpress for a few months, I seem to have missed out on a lot. Thank you so much for sharing this bit of history with the world and more importantly, with us nostalgic Bengalis. Your posts inspire me to write about Bengal and make me ache for Calcutta, sitting here in bustling Bombay.

  8. Subhrendu Sengupta. says:

    I am immensely grateful to you for sharing your treasure trove of photographs, pictures and sketches to give us rare glimpses of how Calcutta, kind of came by. Your wonder narrative based on your extensive research of various archives is equally rich and fulfilling. Calcutta is where i belong, although i live elsewhere. I am so pleased that i came ambling by. Thank you.

    • Hello Subhrendu,
      Glad that you like my presentations so much. Whatever I contributed are all for the fulfilment of longing of my readers like you to glimpse through Calcutta’s past intimately related to India’s nation building. Wish I were younger to carry on this initiative further. Warm wishes

  9. khub khub sudor..ami amar sob social networking site e share korchi..amader moto anekei achen jara purono kolkata jante utshuk ebong purono kolkata bachiye rakhte chan..osonkhyo dhonyobad apnader sokolke

  10. Ami khub khub anondito apnara sobai jara purono kolkata ke bachiye rakhte chan.. ami amar maa,baba,didun er mukhe chotobelay anek golpo shuntam..akhon boro hoe besi feel korte parchi..khub khub khusi holam apnar website ti dekhe..ami youtube e ‘Calcutta 1945-46: An American Military Photograph Album’ e ekti comment theke apnar website ti pelam..asokhyo dhonyobad apnake

    • ধন্যবাদ দীপঙ্কর। আপনার দুটি মন্তব্য পড়ে খুবই আনন্দ পেলাম। আমার এই আয়োজনের পিছনে নিজের ভালোলাগা ছাড়া আছে খুঁজে আনা সম্পদ সবাই মিলে উপভোগ করার তৃপ্তি, বিশেষ করে তরুণদের সঙ্গে নিয়ে যাদের কাছে পুরনো কলকাতা আরও পুরনো। আপনার লেখায় বুঝিয়ে দিয়েছেন আপনারা কতো আন্তরিকভাবে কলকাতার অতীতে আগ্রহী। ভালোবাসা জানাচ্ছি

  11. Rupendrakumar Mitra says:

    I would like to join

  12. REALLY GREAT–immencely gratefull to you.My family is rooted to Calcutta since Waren Hastings time.I belong to Ramkamal Sen linage from mother’s side.Mesmerised with your prized collections.I cannot thank you more–nkmajumder

  13. sonalika ganguly says:

    amar mone hoi apni kichu old banedi barir picture uploud korle ero valo lagto best wishes for your work

  14. sonalika ganguly says:

    we need some old culcutta house i hope u focus o this your work are amazing

    • খুশি হোলাম, সোনালিকা, পুরনোকলকাতা আপনাদের ভালো লাগছে জেনে। সাবেক ঘরবাড়ির প্রতি আকর্শণ আছে ষোলআনা। সাধ্য নেই হাত দিই, সময়ের বড় টানাটানি। ইচ্ছে হয়, আপনারা কেউ কেউ এগিয়ে আসেন। না হোলে পিছিয়ে যাবো ক্রমশ আমরা, কলকাতাকে যারা ভালোবেসেছি। ভালো থাকবেন।



  16. abhijit das says:

    remarkable. awesome. amrao he ekta gourabmoy itihaser angsho seta bhve besh anando pelam. purono kolkatar family at barigulor history r sourc e janale bhalo lagbe

    • আমিও খুব আনন্দ পেলাম অভিজিৎবাবু, পুরনো কলকাতা আপনার এত ভালো লাগছে জেনে। বনেদি ঘর নিয়ে বইপত্র কিছু রয়েছে, হয়তো দেখে থাকবেন। শুভেচ্ছা

  17. So Beautiful city in India

  18. I am indeed very grateful to you, Souvik, for pointing out the silly mistake I committed. The image of the Horse-driven tram was actually a photograph of London tram car, which I have now replaced with the Bourne and Shepherd photograph of Calcutta tram that I already used in my Armenian Ghat post. My sincere thanks and wishes

  19. souvik says:

    ame horse tram er chobiter kotha bolchelam.akte kotha na bole parlam na ta holo purono kolkata opore akmatro apner kajta e the best page

  20. souvik says:

    sir,tram er chobi te if tik?

    • Hello,
      Please forgive me for the delay.
      Yes, Souvik, You may click on the cover-photo of my FB Home to see the following annotation provided there: “Calcutta Tram Ride 1945. Photograph taken by Clyde Waddell, an American military photographer. Courtesy: South Asia Section, Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania — at Calcutta.” Perhaps you would like to see the source image at
      Have a nice time

  21. Monalisa Chakraborty says:

    Nice website. Very useful to students who need such informations.

  22. Asesh Sarkar says:

    Wonderfully recorded and done with great care ! History of a great city came alive with such a website. A must see every Indian . Many thanks & gratitude for such a great efforts. Request for further update from time to time with more current inputs if possible !

  23. Rashmi says:

    Hi , I found your website really very exciting and interesting. I lived for 33 years in Kolkata but knew so little about my birthplace. Now so far and gained a new perspective towards Kolkata.
    Thanks for your effort and time.

  24. You are most welcome, Sekhar! As you desired, I sent my postal address thru email. Best wishes

  25. Sivaraman Sekhar says:


    My name is Sekhar and I am an avid landscape photographer. I am currently working on publishing a pictorial history of India.

    Can I use some of your photographs for this publication ?

    Is there any copyright ?

    Kindly let me know asap.

    Thanks and regards

  26. Dipanjan Choudhury says:

    Shroddheyo Ashokbabu,
    Apnar sange jogajog korbar khub dorkar. Lalit Kala Akademi-r hoye Chitpur Road er opor ekta documentationer kaje research hetu. Subhechha janben

  27. I tried, but it didn’t work for the kind of pages I maintain. Thanks anyway

  28. ajay tiwari says:

    anek dhonnobad, apnar ei pata guli ekta itihaser phalak tule dhoreche. anek anek suvechha ar vlaobasha apna ke ar apnar ei pata gulor jonno.

    with love- Ajay Tiwari…..

    • ধন্যবাদ অজয়বাবু,
      আপনার ভালো লাগছে জেনে আনন্দ পেলাম। উত্তর দিতে বড় দেরি করেছি, ক্ষমা করবেন। শুভেচ্ছা জানবেন

  29. To
    Mr. Ashok Mukhopadhyay

    I am running this website for last five years. Would like to be in touch with you and exchange views. My telephone No. is 033 2663 4290.


    pls view bangodarshan.com in IE 7 or above.

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