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Friday, February 21, 2020

Streetwise Kolkata


Streetwise Kolkata: Watgunge, where Colonel Henry Watson built a dock and a fortune

February 21, 2020 3:56 pm

While Khidderpore is distinct for having somehow withstood rapid modern construction seen elsewhere in the city, primarily due to the vast swathes of land under the control of the Kolkata Port Trust, Watgunge has not been similarly fortunate.

Streetwise Kolkata: Khidderpore’s history is linked to the port and zamindari it absorbed

February 14, 2020 6:45 pm

In 1884, after Khidderpore was selected as the site for the wet docks of the Port of Calcutta, the neighbourhood developed significantly, most of it falling under the control of the Calcutta Port Trust. There are two theories on how the neighbourhood got its name.

Streetwise Kolkata: Suhrawardy Avenue... no, not named after the ‘Butcher Of Bengal’

February 07, 2020 1:39 pm

The road had not been named after Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy at all, but rather his uncle Hassan Shaheed Suhrawardy, who was among his many abilities, a Bengali diplomat, scholar and art-critic, but certainly not the ‘Butcher of Bengal’.

Streetwise Kolkata: Upmarket Victoria Terrace was born out of a slum

January 31, 2020 6:22 pm

The central business district of Kolkata is a collection of several smaller neighbourhoods with unique characteristics and histories of their own. One of them is the relatively less-known, tree-lined Victoria Terrace.

Streetwise Kolkata: How a riverside village known for boat-making gave Ultadanga its name

January 27, 2020 10:54 am

Ultadanga became a part of Calcutta in 1717, when the British East India Company rented 38 villages close to the city from Mughal Emperor Farrukhsiyar.

Streetwise Kolkata: Sovabazar, a neighbourhood that played pivotal role in letting the British conquer India

January 17, 2020 10:08 pm

One of the earliest corruptions of the neighbourhood’s names include ‘Subahbazar’, that according to historian P. Thankappan Nair, is derived from the term ‘bazaar of the Subah’ or ‘bazaar of the governor’, long before the Sovabazar Rajbari family came to be associated with the area.

Streetwise Kolkata: Strand Road, along the edges of River Hooghly, was built with public lottery funds

January 10, 2020 4:20 pm

Although it is not known when Strand Road was completed, its development not only served to demarcate the city’s western boundary, but it also helped in the development of the strategically important Port of Calcutta that required cleared waterways and embankments.

Streetwise Kolkata: Sealdah, named after a village of jackals, grew around a peepal tree

January 03, 2020 2:57 pm

It is not entirely clear when Sealdah got its name, but historian P. Thankkapan Nair who has written extensively on the city’s history, says the origins of the name can possibly be traced to when the city was a collection of elevated islands with mostly marshy land and perhaps not extensively inhabited by people.

Streetwise Kolkata: How Tollygunge is linked to Tipu Sultan

December 27, 2019 5:04 pm

Decades before the birth of the city of Calcutta, the area that is now Tollygunge was a dense forest land called Russapugla with an abundance of mangrove trees.

Streetwise Kolkata: Tiretta Bazaar, a Chinatown named after an Italian

December 20, 2019 6:12 pm

Tiretta Bazaar first finds mention in Upjohn’s map of Calcutta in 1790, and other historical records show that the bazaar possibly got its name after Edward Tiretta, an Italian living in Calcutta who owned the bazaar and several plots of land in the city