Outstanding literary work! Your notes are equivalent to any scholarly research article with proper citations that make the whole very authentic. Glad to have come across your blog.
So glad that you like puronokolkata. Many thanks for your kind words. My regards and warm wishes
When browsing puronokolkata I chanced to
find your post dated oct.28 . I , an M.A. in
Comp.Lit.(JU, Cal) would be willing to
undertake the assistive job. We may discuss
details on receiving your mail id.
Thank you Mr Banerjee. My email is email@example.com I look forward to your contact.
I am looking for historic information on old schools like Scottish church, Kalikrishna girls, Bethune, etc. For writing an article on 19th century schools and their role in spread of education in Bengal.
M K Das
Thanks Sri Das,
Here is a link to more than a dozen articles in your area of interest published in puronokolkata.
I would be very happy if the write-ups help you. Regards
I am delighted to find your wonderful website which is helping me in my research of my family who were living in Calcutta from the 1700’s until the mid 1950’s. I have been able to see from all the photographs and maps available where they lived and it has illuminated my work and brought it all to life…I am only sad that my father is no longer alive to see again images that he would have been familiar with.
Thank you wholeheartedly…I will be visiting often.
I am elated to know how much you felt about puronokolkata.com. It is wonderful to realize that it helps research and does more as a memory bank to those genuinely love to experience past Calcutta through contemporary paintings and photographs. I am sad too because of not being able to reach your father in time. My respects to his memory and warm wishes to you
I am also very impressed with your wonderful site. I too am an independent private researcher looking into a family ancestor. Is it possible you could connect me to a person who would be prepared to search the archive at 6 Bhawani, Dutta Lane Kolkata for a fee?
Glad that you like my site. I had no luck for the kind of assistance you are looking for when I needed. I will try for you nevertheless. You may be luckier. Wishes
Trust that you remember me. I had met you in March 2018.
Just to inform you that I have completed my book on Heritage Retailers of Calcutta. It is now with the printer and should be released in January/February 2020. INTACH were very kind to sponsor my book.
I will be in Kolkata from December to end February and will come and meet you with a signed copy of the book.
Hope that you are keeping well.
Thanks so much for the happy news. I will be eagerly waiting to see your Heritage Retailers of Calcutta. It is a fascinating field, and after the brief chat we had 2 year back I am pretty sure that yours should be a well-researched book. Looking forward to meet you, if possible in December or early January, as I might be away for a while from then on. Warm regards and hearty wishes
Greetings. Enlightened and deeply impressed to see this website and will keep on visiting from time to time. Congratulations for making this and contributing towards the History and Heritage of Calcutta.
I cordially invite you to my own visual work on Calcutta – on English Heritage and Bengali Culture…and I look forward to work and explore, more.
Of course my deep interest is also in exploring and collecting old Calcutta prints, images, ephemera and books etc …the history they carry and the enchanting story they convey.
Let us be in touch if you feel.
Thank you Anirban for your warm and kind words. The comments have a special significance to me. Last year when I first visited your site, the
splendour of its contents and the aesthetics of presentation fascinated me. I remain an earnest admirer of your visuals since then. I would look
forward to meeting you personally if you find some idle time to exchange views and ideas in areas of our common interest. I am available on
phone # 9831240820. Warm wishes and regards
I am interested to know if there has been any attempt made to compare today’s map of Kolkata with historical maps of Calcutta. There are several maps available online; three of them, one published in 1784, one in 1842 and one in 1842 are noteworthy. We can see Shyambazar Five Point crossing marked in 1784 map. In all these maps Chitpoor road was the widest among all which is the narrowest in today’s map. The historical names of the streets are very interesting to observe.
Dear Sudip, It looks like a subject of rigorous study. I believe there are plenty of works that include descriptions of Calcutta references to old maps, besides cartographic resources. I suggest you start with ‘Mapping Calcutta’ a very worthy work, a must for you, written by Keya Dasgupta based on archival resources of CSSS, Calcutta, which is available online in PDF format at https://kisslibrary.net/book/11713A9AD7837BCD512D?utm_source=pdf-c1-1×5&utm_medium=reontentoli.tk&utm_campaign=fnom&x=546239. If you ever wish to discuss on this further, drop a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Warm wishes
By far the most candid will of the mighty city of Calcutta. It demands making, let’s say, a 100 episode TV series based on mainly what you have researched. The entire literature can be scripted and narrated. I am very keen but it requires obviously capital. Worth approaching the West Bengal Government.
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Thank you Soumyadip for your kind words and constructive suggestions. Since I have practically no time for anything more than what I do now, I would be too happy if you or someone else make an honest attempt to bring about puronokolkata resources for wider public awareness. Wish you best
I am interested… and would like to participate.. and can help some amount of funding also
I am happy to note your active interest in my puronokolkata initiative and that you wish to participate in its developmental projects. To explore possibilities, we may need to talk some day at your convenience. You may call me on my mobile # 9831240820 for further communication.
My parents are Bengali and I was bought up in Britain. I am currently designing a documentary of the first generation of immigrants who left Calcutta in the late1960s and early 1970s. Most came to complete postgraduate studies or expand their careers. That story has never been portrayed i.e. story of educated Bengalis from professional backgrounds immigrating. This is a wonderful website for me to imbibe the Calcutta my father grew up in. Thank you.
It is very satisfying that the site provides you with glimpses of the city your father grew up. I thank you Anasua and wish to see your documentary when published.
I’m actually reading Amitav’s Ghosh sea of poppies.
I was searching on the web to finde imagines of the old Calcutta to get the atmosphere and to find the novel locations.
What I founded in your site, the job you have made, are just amazing!
A real and impressive jump back in the nineteenth century.
Thank you so much for what you have made with this initiative.
Thanks Manaus for your inspiring comments. My wishes
Hello Purono Kolkata,
Ami Utsav Basu. Apnar blog’e ekta jinish dekhe nije ke atkate parlam na aar. Amar lekha Times of India te ekta story’r theke apni ekta chhobi niyechen aar tar jothajoto credit diyechen. Hoyto byapar ta biraat kichu na, tobe ajkalkar bajare eta sottyi’e expect kora jaay na. Apnar naam ebong number khojar onek cheshta korlam, tobe ei shangbadik matha noto korche apnar goponiyota shamne. Amar phone number 9674878386 aar whatsapp number 8658949644. Amar email id email@example.com. Apnar theke onek kichu janar ichhe roilo. Oppekhay roilam.
প্রিয় উৎসব, হোয়ার্টস্যাপে চেষ্টা করে পেলাম না। অকটোবারের মাঝামাঝি কোলকাতা ফিরবো। তখন নিশ্চই কথা হবে। ভালো থেকো।
Dear sir,I am very impressed by your work.I am doing my doctorate thesis on park street ,kolkata and I want to get in touch with as A I feel you are atreasure trove of knowledge.Please pass on your contact.Regards,Deepashree Choudhury
Glad to know of your interest. I will be available in Kolkata around mid-October. Meanwhile, if you like call me on WhatsApp no. +9124299770 between 2pm and 6pm. Please allow me to admit, I am no treasure trove of knowledge, as you suggest, and to my mind, best not to depend unduly on personal knowledge when resources are wide open online. I might be of some help to you in finding information in your research context. Warm wishes
This blog is outstanding, kudos to your effort! Don’t know why I did not come across it earlier. I am presently pursuing my MPhil research on visual documentation of Calcutta photo studios, and would like to get in touch about archives and resources – I am commenting here as I could not find any contact information on the website. Please let me know if there are any possible ways to connect.
দেরিতে উত্তর দিচ্ছি, কিছু মনে কোরো না। দূরে আছি। হোয়াটস্যাপে আমাকে 9831240820তে পাবে। তোমার ফোন জানলে আমিও কথা বলতে পারি। সম্ভব মতো সাহায্য করবো। ভালো থেকো।
a passionate bong will always visit his/her roots !!
one suggestion – ekta whatsapp group bannan with all like minded people who can contribute as a group.
ধন্যবাদ, রজৎ । আপনার আশা সফল হোক, কামনা করি । উত্তর দিতে দেরি হোল, ক্ষমা করবেন। ভালো থাকবেন।
Thanks again !!
Khubb valo udyog. Agami projonmo januk tar shikor kothay, nijer itihas ki! Jemon ami janlam. Anek ovinondon.
আপনাদের ভালো লাগলে, প্রয়োজনীয় মনে হোলে তৃপ্তি পাই। আপনার ছোট মন্তব্যটিতে বড় তৃপ্তি দিলেন। ধন্যবাদ, ভালো থাকবেন
We, at Roli Books, are looking for photographs for our upcoming book on Calcutta to be published later this year. We would like to see the high resolutions images of the city which may be used for the book. If you are interested please us the high resolution images on the following email address.
Thank you Disha for liking the visuals curated and published here. As for your proposal, I am sorry to say that I have no interest in projects with commercial ends. Wish you best
We wish to know the source of the images that you have used in your blog for the old pictures of Calcutta.
I see that you are interested to know the sources of all the rare Calcutta images I have brought out here in context of my writings. I am not sure, if my response will be good enough for your purpose. The images have been gathered from very many sources freely accessible online. The British Library happens to be the most important one among them. The paintings and photographs brought about in context of purunokolkata are scarce and dated beyond the scope of copyright restrictions. I took pain, in worldly sense, to search them out and again to identify the creators and the dates of the works, which often ended in sheer frustration. I do regret that I have not credited the source religiously, but sometimes I did so willfully when a particular source is found reblogging images and unjustly claims copyright of every image posted there. Hope you excuse my limitations. Wish you luck
Please see my answer to your next comment.
Because you have not credited the source of the images that you have used.
Sir it was a pleasure meeting you on Friday. I will be in touch and meet you again when I visit in June.
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Thanks Ashish for giving your company that day. It was a great pleasure to hear the stories you gathered for your research. Wish you very best
Thank you very much sir for this highly informative as well as beautiful website. It has helped me a lot in imparting knowledge to my students by preparing presentations with the help of the photographs and information that you have provided here.thanks again .
I am so pleased that you make use of this site for class teaching. Believe, the visuals help your students in reconstructing episodes more convincingly. Best wishes
Sir I will be in Kolkata whole of January completing my research on Heritage Retail Shops of Kolkata. Would like very much to meet you at your convenience. My mobile number is 9967707788. Look forward to hearing from you. Best regards Ashish Sanyal
I just now discovered your wonderful website by chance in my attempt to find information about ‘Firpo’s’. I am British, and have been visiting India and Calcutta for several years. It has always been my favourite city in India. Very recently I discovered that my Great Uncle had visited during the 1940’s. He was a member of the Royal Air Force at the time. I have a small number of his old photograph’s from his visit to the city, and I would be happy to send them to you for your archive, if provided with an email address. Keep up the hard work.
Thank you very much for your kind words and for your generous offer of old photographs of your Great Uncle when in Calcutta. Those 1940’s Calcutta images are precious. I would be too happy to accept them as your gift. Yet it is a good idea to see beforehand the thumbnail view of the originals and their descriptions (whatever available). This will help me to avoid chances of their lying unused. You may send copies at firstname.lastname@example.org. Warm regards and wishes
Here is a presentation of Calcutta photos taken by a US military photographer in 1940s https://youtu.be/mcIOiAwgVKo You may like it.
I am very much benefited with this web.
Thank you Dibakar for your very kind statement. It makes me amply rewarded and happy. Warm wishes
Dear Ajantrik, on Wednesday 9th August 2017 10am -4pm there is a workshop, A Tradition of Care – Anglo-Indian Service Organizations – Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, at Loreto College, Middleton Row (Wiliam Jones Sarani), organized by the Derozio Anglo-Indian Studies Forum (affiliated with the Derozio Anglo-Indian Studies Collection at Central Library, U of Calcutta. You are welcome to attend.
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,
Glad that you find my site interesting and useful. I have a plan to post on Esplanade area in near future. You may expect there some useful things. I would love to know more of your work. Kindly give me a call (9831240820) a day before coming. Wishes
Thanks.I will be visiting Kolkata in the month of July.Meanwhile waiting for any input on Park Street area.
You are welcome
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…
Thanks Arunima! In your citation you may use my pseudonym and/or personal name following the format style you follow. Perhaps you would like the Chicago Style as I do. I suggest you visit Chicago website at http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html, and find the ‘Website’ section toward the end. In case you like other standard, the EasyBib at http://www.easybib.com/ should help. Kind regards
Hi… So “Ajantrik” would be your pseudonym right? We use the MLA Format. Although the 8th edition is out, I prefer using the 7th one. So the above mentioned criteria: Name of author/compiler/director/editor etc., version, publisher or sponsor of the site, date of publication – these are what I need for the same.
This is what you may require:
Mukhopadhyay, Asok [pseud. Ajantrik]. “Calcutta School-Book Society, Calcutta, 1817.” puronokolkata, 2015 Aug 18. Web. your date of access
You would need to modify the elements conforming your standard. ‘Best
Thank you so much! Carry on the good work!
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?
You’re welcome, Arunima. Please call me on my phone # 9831240820 to fix up a convenient time. Wishes
I am so happy to see the pictures our beloved calcutta of the time of Swami Vivekananda. I am loving it. Great site.
Thank you, Goutambabu for your kind words. My wishes
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
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
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.
I feel more than happy that PK gives you inspiration to write about Kolkata. Thank you Anandarup. Wish you every success in life and work
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.
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
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
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
I would like to join
Dear Rupendrakumar you are very much welcome to take part in this project. You may contact me at asoknath.m@gmail whenever you feel. My thanks and wishes
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
Than you Dr Majumder for your kind inspiring words. Warm personal regards and wishes
amar mone hoi apni kichu old banedi barir picture uploud korle ero valo lagto best wishes for your work
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।
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
So Beautiful city in India
Thank you Dilwar for your inspiring comment. My wishes
This is soo…. Bab web.
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
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
sir,tram er chobi te if tik?
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
Nice website. Very useful to students who need such informations.
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 !
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.
I am so glad Rashmi that you find my posts interesting and gainful! I love my involvement and feel immense good when someone shares my experience. Best wishes
You are most welcome, Sekhar! As you desired, I sent my postal address thru email. Best wishes
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
You are most welcome! None of these images are mine. Quite a few, however, are digitally edited and kept in my database. If use those, you may like to add acknowledgement. I look forward to viewing your work. Warm regards.
P.S. I love landscape photography. Visit LIVIZ at http://www.livwordvisuals.wordpress.com/
Sir. Thank you very much. I will surely send you a copy of the publication. Please let me have your postal address. You can mail your postal address to email@example.com
Apnar sange jogajog korbar khub dorkar. Lalit Kala Akademi-r hoye Chitpur Road er opor ekta documentationer kaje research hetu. Subhechha janben
So glad that you do research for a documentation project on fascinating old Chitpur and its heritage. I would be most happy to share with you my humble experience and knowledge. You may drop a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kind regards
I tried, but it didn’t work for the kind of pages I maintain. Thanks anyway
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…..
আপনার ভালো লাগছে জেনে আনন্দ পেলাম। উত্তর দিতে বড় দেরি করেছি, ক্ষমা করবেন। শুভেচ্ছা জানবেন
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.
Thank you, Tusharbabu,
I visited your interesting website and wish to know more about your project. My wishes
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