Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav Literary Walk 2015

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 MukherjeeIndrajit 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

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Picture Courtesy : Soumya Shankar Ghosal

Mr. Amitabha Gupta was our guide,  after briefing about walk we pose for group photo, then our walk started.

1. Probasi Magazine’s Press : 

 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.

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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.

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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

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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

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3. Calcutta Police Museum :
Originally House of Rammohun Roy  at 113, Acharya Prafulla Chandra  Roy Road, Kolkata- 700009. Other than being a social reformer who is known for abolishing Sati and founding Brahmo religion, Rammohan Roy published journals in English, Hindi, Persian and Bengali. His most popular journal was the Sambad Kaumudi.

 

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 কলিকাতাদর্পণ by রাধারমণ মিত্র, পার্ট -১  (পৃ : ৮৯)

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 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.

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Here he said  “আপনারা  এই  ঘটনাটিকে  যত  বড়  করে  দেখছেন , আমি  তেমন ভাবে  দেখতে  পারছি না” (শুধুই  রবীন্দ্রনাথ  নয় by পূর্ণানন্দ চট্টোপাধ্যায় (page 45))

Rabindranath Recited Poem No 51 Poetry of Gitanjali  both in Bengali and English on the gate after getting felicated for getting Nobel Prize.

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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.

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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.

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6. 30 B Mahendra Sreemany Street (Earlier 22 Sukea Street, the place from where the legendary magazine Sandesh was first published)
7. Vidyasagar Smriti Mandir at Brindaban Mallick Lane
8. Rammohan Roy Muesuem on 85 Amherst Street
9. 48 Kailash Bose Street (presently 48A, B and C)– First Legal Widow Marriage location, initiated by Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar
10. Hrishikesh Laha’s House (Location Of AaajKal Office)
96, Raja Rammohan Sarani.
11. Patra Bharati Press ( On the Lane behind Amherst Street Police Station)
Here some Behind the scenes Photographs, hope you liked it.
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It was awesome heritage walk indeed lots of new places discover and learned new things through out this walk. Thanks to Streets of Calcutta and his team for nicely organized it with Oxford Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav 2015. A big thank you whole ABSU2015 team for making it possible. Hope this kind of event will be happen more and more, happy to be a part of it.
Thanks for reading my blog 🙂
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