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Calcutta

From Genius to Divinity

MJ Akbar

Satyajit Ray never touched alcohol, and listened to a sonata by Beethoven on his turntable gramophone at breakfast. What else could possibly be required for the biodata of a Calcutta god?

Beloved Concrete Monsters

The cultural revival of Modernist architecture

Calcutta of the Mind

Modern India’s first capital was also its most global

Open Diary

The Naxalbari anniversary and the role of non-citizens in UK elections

India Enchanted

Lord Hastings’ 1814 journey from Calcutta to Punjab with painter Sita Ram is a discovery of Colonial India through lives mundane and magical

Master Picture Perfect

The colour philosophy of Raghubir Singh was influenced by his interest in traditional Indian art

The Young Man and the City

Celebrated Bengali novelist Sankar’s Thackeray Mansion offers a mosaic of the peoples and cultures that make up Calcutta

A Modern City, Forever Old

Amit Chaudhuri’s window to Calcutta shows a city where incompatible things miraculously coexist

Oh, Calcutta

The Kalighat paintings were remarkable critiques of city life in early 19th century Calcutta, even when the subjects were ostensibly religious ones

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