Kolkata: The City of Joy
| Last Updated: March 9, 2015
Kolkata was once the intellectual and cultural capital of the nation
It is hard to find a description that would do justice to Kolkata, capital of West Bengal and home to over 14 million people. A city of amiable contrasts, Kolkata has an alluring old-world charm and tranquil pace of life which can’t be experienced in other metros of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru or Chennai.
Standing on the banks of river Hooghly, Calcutta developed as a trading hub of British India in the east and went on to become the most important city of the British Empire outside of London.
Influence of the Raj can be found in the city and in every walk of life. From rambling trams, to grand Victorian-era buildings, Kolkata has retained its British past. Though the city ceased to be the capital of British Raj in 1912, the city continued to be a centre of cultural creativity.
Kolkata has established its own traditions in film, theatre and literature and it has gained wide audiences. The Bengal film industry has won acclaim all over the world. Kolkata’s famous auteur Satyajit Ray was even honoured with an Oscar.
Kolkata has produced other notables most prominent among them being Mother Teresa, the saint of the gutters. While talking about notables, the influence of nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore can’t be overlooked.
‘Calcutta’ tells the history of the city from its birth in 1690 with the advent of a merchant of the British East India Company. The film traces this glorious history through the archival footage, reconstructed visuals, and memories of renowned artistes of the city.
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First Published: September 15, 2012