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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Streetwise Kolkata


Streetwise Kolkata- Hatibagan: Where Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah’s war elephants and single screen cinemas once dominated

April 30, 2021 4:24 pm

The origins of Hatibagan’s name can be traced to 1756 when Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah captured Calcutta from the East India Company and kept his war elephants in open ground here.

Streetwise Kolkata- Chitpur: Home of the well-heeled, likely named after a temple

April 23, 2021 10:28 pm

Colonial records indicate that the road was one of the most important pilgrimage routes in ancient Bengal because of the location of the Chitteshwari temple in this neighbourhood.

Streetwise Kolkata: Named after one iconic educational institution, College Street now represents them all

April 16, 2021 6:24 pm

The street gets its name from the weight and might of the academic institutions that were first established here some two centuries ago. Specifically, Hindu College, established in 1817, now called Presidency University.

Streetwise Kolkata: Budhu Ostagar Lane, in memory of an unknown tailor

April 02, 2021 3:42 pm

The West Bengal Commission for Backward Classes lists the Ostagars as a ‘backward class’ in the state and mentions that the community’s traditional occupation has been “tailoring in its different forms and standards”.

Streetwise Kolkata: Beyond food and city’s largest mosque, Zakaria Street is a story of Muslims and Marwaris

March 30, 2021 7:17 pm

In the 1890s, Hadji Zakaria was an important member of the Kutchi Memon community in Calcutta that was centered around the Chitpur neighbourhood in the north of the city.

Streetwise Kolkata: Surya Sen Street, a 950-metre stretch that has no particular connection with the revolutionary

March 19, 2021 10:00 pm

The weight of the history of the institutions that call this street home are almost distracting, making it easy for pedestrians to miss its name while walking down this road.

Streetwise Kolkata: Surtibagan Street, the result of a lottery that Marwaris once called home

March 13, 2021 8:07 pm

Like with large sections of Burrabazar, Surtibagan Street has historically been a residential neighbourhood where Marwari families have lived for generations.

Streetwise Kolkata: Teliapara, a narrow lane named after city's oil-pressers that not many know of

March 05, 2021 1:08 pm

An entry in the September edition of the Calcutta Gazette of 1937 indicates that the Calcutta Municipal Corporation had proposed a change in the spelling of the road from Teliapara to Tilipara but that never came to fruition

Streetwise Kolkata: Tipu Sultan Road -- One of the many legacies of Mysore ruler in a city he never saw

February 26, 2021 3:07 pm

Several of Tipu Sultan's descendants continue to live in Kolkata, unnoticed and ignored, far removed from the grandeur of heritage structures and streets named after the ruler.

Streetwise Kolkata: Red Road — A tarred road from which once Spitfires took off

February 19, 2021 6:27 pm

Built in 1820, the wide expanse of the road starts south of Fort William’s west gate and runs all the way up to Eden Gardens.