On 10th October Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav 2015 kick started through heritage literary walk. The meeting point was Maniktala HDFC Bank Bus Stand, time was 7:30 am sharp. Early morning heading towards Maniktala, when I was reached saw maximum known face, that was awesome felling when you walk your fellow bloggers, photographers, friends, mentors like Subhadip Mukherjee, Indrajit Das, Soumya Shankar Ghosal, Lopamudra Talukdar, Sumit Surai, Indrajit Lahiri, Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan, Rajib Dutta, Deepanjan Ghosh, Preeti Roychoudhury, Sammya Brata etc. This Literary Walk organised by Streets of Calcutta for Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav 2015. Most importantly Wikipedia also part of this Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav 2015.
Mr. Amitabha Gupta was our guide, after briefing about walk we pose for group photo, then our walk started.
Location: Petrol Pump on P.C. Bose Road, opposite Leprosy Mission Hospital
As per local veterans the press of Probasi Magazine was here between 1920s to 1950s . The fact that the lane besides the Petrol pump – Ramananda Chatterjee Street (Earlier Badur Bagan Row) is named after the editor of Probasi substantiates the claim.
Probasi was a monthly Bengali-language literary magazine, founded by Ramananda Chatterjee in 1901 and ran for over 60 years. Most significant was Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore who published regularly in it from 1914 until his death. Tagore’s major creation reached Bengali homes through Probasi. It had around 350 contributors including Premendra Mitra, Bibhutubhusan Bandopadhyay, Eminent Historian Rakhaldas Bandopadhyay, Nirad. C. Chaudhuri.
2. Maniktala Christian Cemetery :
Location: located besides Leprosy Mission Hospital (Grave of Toru Dutt alias Tarulata Dutta, first Indian women to write prose and poetry in both English and French).Become Christian in 1862, belonged to Rambagan Dutt Family.
Born : March 4,1856 , Died : 30 August 1877
Famous Civil Servant Romesh Chander Dutt was their cousin who was Bangiya Sahitya Parishad first President in 1894.
- Studied in 1871-73 at Cambridge
- Proficient in Bengali, English, French and, later on, Sanskrit
- Prominent Novels
A. Bianca (unfinished) – English
B. The Young Spanish Maiden – English
C.Le Journal de Madmoiselle d’Arvers – French
- Prominent Poetries
A. Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan – translation and adaptation from Sankskrit literature to English
B. A Sheaf Gleaned in French Fields
রামমোহন মানিকতলার বাংলো বাড়ি ২৫ বিঘে জমি ও ফলের বাগান সমেত mendes সাহেবের কাছ থেকে কেনেন । রামমোহন বিলাতে থাকাকালীন ৩/৪ টে agency house কলকাতায় ফেল হয় । তাতে তাঁর অনেক টাকা মারা যায় । তখন বিলাতে তাঁর খরচ যোগাবার জন্য তাঁর মানিকতলার বাড়ি এক আর্মেনিয়ান সাহেবের কাছে বিক্রি করা হয় । গভর্নমেন্ট বহু পরে ঐ জমি ও বাড়ি কিনে পুলিশ অফিস করেছেন কলিকাতা–দর্পণ by রাধারমণ মিত্র, পার্ট -১ (পৃ : ৮৯)
4. Rammohun Library :
Location: 267, Acharya Praffula Chandra Road, Kolkata- 700009 (established 1904)
After receiving Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, Rabindranth Tagore was feliccited in 1st February 1914. The felicitation ceremony was headed by litterateur and educationist Shibanth Shastri. The people present included Sir Gurudas Bandopadhyay, Jagadish Chandra Basu, Nilratan Sarkar, Ramendra Sundar Dwibedi.
Rabindranath Recited Poem No 51 Poetry of Gitanjali both in Bengali and English on the gate after getting felicated for getting Nobel Prize.
5. Athenaeum Institution:
Location: 100A Garpar Road – Birth place of Satyajit Roy
This is the house where Satyajit Roy was born and spent his Childhood. His Grandfather Upendra Kishore Roychowdhury had stayed at several houses around this locality and this was his last residence.Upendra Kishore Roychowdhury was the first person to introduce modern block making, including half-tone and colour block making in India and perhaps South Asia. He was famous as a Children Literature. Among his famous books are Tuntunir Boi, Gupi Gayne Bagha Byne, Chotoder Ramayan and hotoder Mahabaharat.
He designed this house himself and shifted here in 1914 or 1915. His organization’s name was U. Roy and Sons. Ground floor had Printing press and top floor had Wood Block manufacturing unit. The residential unit was on the back side. Upendra Kishore died in this house in 1915 December. Satyajit Roy was born in this house in 1921 and stayed till 1926.
Satyajit Roy’s Father Sukumar Roy was talented writer as well as artist too. Abol Tabol was published in September 19, 1923, but tragically Sukumar Roy died on 10 September 1923. After death of Sukumar Roy in 1923, the house, press and manufacturing unit all were sold. The family was spread to different locations of Calcutta. Sukumar Roy’s wife with his 5 year old Son Satyajit shifted to 158/1/1A Bakul Bagan Road at her brother’s residence. Athenium institute shifted to this house in 1931.
96, Raja Rammohan Sarani.