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Great Houses of Calcutta: Their Antecedents, Precedents, Splendour and Portents

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The mansions of North Kolkata described in Great Houses of Calcutta were built by the cream of the indigenous elite during the city's colonial era. Some exceptions apart, these are now largely forlorn reminders of the ways of life, aspirations and aesthetic values of the wealthy Indian land owners, bankers and traders who flourished during the heyday of the city's colonial ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published July 21st 2016 by Niyogi Books
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Anasua Mukherjee Das
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Nice Read for the people who lived or residing in the City of Joy

During the early days of British Raj, Calcutta/ Kolkata became a place of rich zamindars of an undivided Bengal province for their rush to getting close to the power centre. Calcutta also became an entertainment hub for those who could spend their money for good drinks, mehfils of Hindustani songs, and nautch dancers. The rich zamindars and influential traders, linked to the East India Company and other establishments of British
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Rohit Somani
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I grew up in north Calcutta and this was like the history book of my ‘para’. I enjoyed reading through parts 1,3 and 4 of the book more than the other parts. The book has great illustrations which is quite useful since sometimes it’s difficult to understand the parts where architecture is described unless you keep comparing with the illustrations.

Having read this book I now feel like revisiting the Great Houses again.

Mainak Ghosal
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The structural elements like Beam,Column had antecedent ideas from Grecian order but the Slab, be it "Ek,Do, or Char Chalas" in vernacular architecture was a dominating feature in the Temples of "City of Palaces" was very well researched.In fact Beam was absent due to the prevalence of "Dalans".
But IGNORED was many houses like "Chotubabu Latubabu Thakurbati" in 67E, Beadon Street which has a 'closed courtyard' a unique of its time when it was constructed by Ramdulal Deb,the first Bengali entrepr
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