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Battle of Calcutta Part 1 Virtual Experience
On the 16th of June, 1756, on a hot and humid afternoon, Siraj-ud-Daulah, the Nawab of Bengal, attacked the British settlement of Calcutta. What followed was a bloody, intense, four day conflict in which the British were comprehensively routed. Stories of this infamous battle survive in the collective memory to this day, although the landscape of the city has changed dramatically. Join history blogger Deepanjan Ghosh as he takes you back 264 years in time, to the Siege of Calcutta, through immersive storytelling, visuals and in-depth research into primary and secondary sources.
Calcutta Cinema Heritage Virtual Experience
We talk a lot about the history of Bengali cinema. We take pride in Bengal's and Calcutta's cinema. We celebrate incredibly talented directors, actors and technicians. But we forget a key element beyond the success and popularity of cinemas and their makers in Bengal. We forget the historic and once hugely popular single screen theatres which brought these movies to the public, before the days of multiplexes and Netflix. The movie going culture of the 1940s to 70s fuelled by these beautiful ArtDeco single screen cinemas and their affordable tickets, made cinemas a massive success in Bengal. Movie-going then, was an experience unto its own. Tickets had to be bought a few days before by standing in long queues. Then the day that a middle class family went to a movie, it was as if they were going to attend a wedding! Preparations started from the morning, the house buzzed with happiness and anticipation. You then had to decide on a perfect dress, a beautiful saree, a dazzling piece of jewelery and of course, perfume and snow powder. In a rare bit of luxury, the family then hailed a cab to get to the theatre just on time for the show. Unfortunately, we have moved on. The way we consume cinema has changed drastically, and the single screen cinemas that once made movie going fashionable, and brought about the success of films in Bengal, are gathering dust; some barely scraping by, while others have permanently shut shop. The Calcutta Single Screens Virtual Trail will explore and experience the history and the present scenario of these historic single screen cinemas of Kolkata.
Chowringhee Architecture Virtual Experience
In a bid to establish Calcutta as the second capital of the British empire, the colonial rulers incorporated aspects of Greco-Roman architecture into the local landscape. The erstwhile “white town” stands as testament to these efforts to adapt this alien building style for the unforgiving conditions of Calcutta’s climate. On this walk we explore the area which grew from a village on the outskirts into an entertainment and recreational hub of the city, giving Calcutta its moniker the “City of Palaces” - Chowringhee. The walk traces the history of the area and beyond through its planning, architecture, establishments, and people.
Dalhousie Square Virtual Experience
The British Empire was built on blood, sweat and money of the colonies. Nowhere is this story more prominent than at the centre of it all- Kolkata's Dalhousie Square. The capital of British Administration, a large garrison for troops and a hub of global commerce, Calcutta was a crown jewel of the British Empire. We will explore these building blocks of the British Empire through an hour long walk along the Dalhousie Square.
India's Oldest Chinatown Virtual Experience
In this walk, we will explore what remains of this Old Chinatown of Kolkata. We will visit Chinese temples, learn about the Chinese culture and traditions unique to the Kolkata Chinese, and explore their connections with the Indian freedom movement as well as the Chinese revolution of 1911-12.
Calcutta in World War II Virtual Experience
The Second World War came to Calcutta slowly but surely in the winter of 1942. Japanese bombers were flying regular scouting missions to destroy Calcutta’s industrial sector in an effort to harm the Allied war effort in the China-Burma-India Theatre. Air-raid sirens were becoming an everyday reality, and finally bombs started to be hurled on the city. War also brought worker strikes, food shortages, heightened surveillance, oppression, and terrible famine. The “Inbound areas” in wartime Calcutta were designated as “Safe Zones” for the Commonwealth and US forces that started pouring into the city to deliver Singapore and Manchuria from Japanese occupation. However, being the heart of colonial administration and the war effort, inbound areas also became a symbol of colonialism and the ongoing wartime oppression also led to the space being used to show dissent. Gandhi’s Quit India movement and the “fantastic” news of the success of Netaji’s Indian National Army in Singapore and Burma brought hope of deliverance from the colonial rule to the local population. But expressing these in public would have had fatal consequences. The virtual walk will explore this contested “inbound” space through eyewitness accounts and forgotten tales from a city divided.