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Lives Of Others
Calcutta  /  Published 18.01.21

In the letter and the spirit

When Shambhu Chakraborty began his work as an apprentice signboard painter in the mid-70s, he was about 12. A signboard painter would then “draw” the letters, designed by himself, and also...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

Calcutta  /  Published 04.01.21

Wired to the mysteries of old buildings

Buildings are like people. They have distinct personalities; some even have faces. Some of them age well, some of them do not. In any case, they need care. Especially their wiring. If the analogy is ...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

Calcutta  /  Published 21.12.20

Through the stained glass, vividly

Seated in the drawing room of her Auckland Square apartment, Katayun Saklat, painter and stained glass artist, though not necessarily in that order, speaks about her exceptional life and her art, as a...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

Calcutta  /  Published 07.12.20

Weddings: video cassettes to digital

He is best known as the man who makes elegant wedding videos for the Gujarati and Marwari communities in Calcutta. Which has made him document the lives of the richest and the most famous. But Naren G...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Calcutta  /  Published 12.10.20

An argument for open, unbroken space

Santanu Chatterjee is looking a little warily at November. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has dismissed the Bengal government’s plea to allow Chhath Puja in Rabindra Sarobar, the Dhakuria lak...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

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Calcutta  /  Published 27.07.20

Listening to what a dog has to say

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read, Groucho Marx had said. It is a dark, funny and clever observation, but it may not be true. If you a...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

Calcutta  /  Published 13.07.20

A framer on how a lot can happen on margins

The margins do a lot. They can define the centre. Sameer Sen, the framer who has worked with the stalwarts of the art world, has made this the foundation of his work. Sameer, 62, runs Tara Glass Synd...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

Calcutta  /  Published 29.06.20

Adventures of the tea ambassador

The first flush from Darjeeling comes in March. It is a light, bright aromatic tea, and the young leaves are delicately plucked. The second flush, from the second foliage, comes in May. It is mellow a...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

Calcutta  /  Published 14.06.20

The names of our countries didn’t matter

Not always, but at times you are hurt, and what hurts you is not called anything, because what is being done to you remains invisible. In another place it would be called old-world racism, but in Calc...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

West Bengal  /  Published 15.09.19

Broadway Hotel: Old-world hotel that still stands tall

As the metal clinks against the glass, and the buzz mixed with laughter rises from the low tables covered in maroon or yellow tablecloths, and the shaded lamps throw light on black- and-white old Calc...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta


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