Yesterday’s article in the New York Times got me a bit nostalgic about Calcutta. I scrounged around to see if I had any old b&w photos from my family’s collection which showcased the city. Couldn’t find any. So I uploaded some of my recent Kolkata photos onto flickr.
I was recently struck by the wide roads, greenery, and open spaces of Calcutta in Satyajit Ray’s Parash Pathar. The movie was made in 1957, and Calcutta looks like a beautiful city at the time. The crowds are far thinner, there’s a lot less cars on the road, places like Alipore seem like sleepy leafy neighbourhoods, the maidan area is like a park. So I browsed around for some old photos of Kolkata and came across a few links posted below.