Jab chhor chale... Nakhlau nagari...

The news of the death of Prince Kaukab Quder Sajjad Ali Meerza, great-grandson of the last Nawab of Awadh, Waj...

Mrs Kasalova’s perestroika

When Russia announced that it had named the coronavirus vaccine developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Research ...

Cradle of the dying

Bani adam a’za-ye yekdigar-and/ke dar afarin-aš zeyek gowhar-and. All human beings are members of...

A royal tale of legacy and revival

She stays in India’s “largest private residence”, the Lukshmi Vilas Palace, Baroda. He is a ...

Dreams die first

On Republic Day this year, a second-year undergraduate student of history at Visva-Bharati was expelled from t...

Fever Sutra: The Much-Feared Jwara

They chanted to keep the jwara at bay — Nah samvidvan pari vrimddhi takmana. Meaning, O fever, listen to...

Culture  /  Published 26.06.19

50 years of the Stonewall uprising in pictures

By Smita Tripathi in

Heritage  /  Published 01.06.19

The romantic story behind Odisha's Belgadia Palace

For most tourists, Baripada is nothing more than a gateway to the Simlipal National Park, famous for its tigers and elephants, in Odisha. That there could be tucked deep within the small town an iride...
By Prasun Chaudhuri in

Heritage  /  Published 05.01.19

Calcutta's Bible Society: A chapter, reopened

By Manasi Shah in

Culture  /  Published 23.11.19

Time Machine

When you enter the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC&I) office in central Calcutta, a majestic staircase looms into view. But it pales in comparison to the three ancient lifts that face...
By Manasi Shah in

Heritage  /  Published 08.02.19

Art trail brings alive Chitpur past

He is a jatra connoisseur who has spent al¬most his entire life in this north Calcutta neighbour¬hood famous for its cultural traditions.The 64 year old’s stories of memorable performances and int...
By Chandrayee Ghose in Calcutta

Opinion  /  Published 30.01.19

How can we decolonise museums?

Humans alone do not suffer moral dilemmas. Cultural institutions, such as museums, can be confronted with similar predicaments. Consider the decision by three major museums in Britain to ‘relabel’...
By The Editorial Board in

Heritage  /  Published 19.01.19

The diary of an unsung INA trooper

As the INA troops inched closer to India, the enthusiasm of the soldiers mounted. The journal makes a note of Netaji’s “Chalo Dilli” speech, wherein he raised the cry — Let’s march to Delhi....
By Prasun Chaudhuri in

Heritage  /  Published 05.05.19

Cultural heritage in danger in times of conflict

If the lamassu were to be asked where it wanted to go, what would it say? The man asking the question is British Museum director Hartwig Fischer. He is addressing an audience at Calcutta’s Victoria ...
By Anasuya Basu in

Culture  /  Published 14.04.19

Inside a Baul akhara

A woman is carefully pouring spoonfuls of khejur gur, or date palm jaggery, into a cup of black tea with a wooden spoon. “No incongruous sound should shatter the peace and tranquillity that prevails...
By Moumita Chaudhuri in

Culture  /  Published 03.11.18

Before gyms, some exercised here by candlelight

The plaque outside the white-and-blue building in central Calcutta’s Mohammad Ali Park reads — Jitendra Byayam Mandir. Byayam is Bengali for physical exercise. “This place is named after its fou...
By Manasi Shah in


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