THE FORGOTTEN PALACES OF CALCUTTA
THE FORGOTTEN PALACES OF CALCUTTA
By Joanne Taylor
The Forgotten Palaces of Calcuttascans the old areas of Calcutta, where heritage houses and history fill every crowded lane and secret courtyard. Languishing in another time and place, at the end of narrow lanes and behind untidy shop-fronts, Calcutta’s rich heritage..
This book discovers the old areas of Calcutta, where heritage houses and history fill every crowded lane and secret courtyard. Languishing in another time and place, at the end of narrow lanes and behind untidy shop-fronts, Calcutta’s rich heritage waits to be discovered. The ‘Great Houses’ of Calcutta are an important but forgotten part of Calcutta’s architectural history. While much has been written and photographed on the British colonial architecture and lifestyle, very little has been done on the indigenous equivalent. By focusing on Calcutta’s heritage mansions and palaces, this book makes an important contribution to the architectural history of both Calcutta and India.
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  1. niyogibooks says:

    The Forgotten Palaces of Calcutta

    This book discovers the old areas of Calcutta, where heritage houses and history fill every crowded lane and secret courtyard. Languishing in another time and place, at the end of narrow lanes and behind untidy shop-fronts, Calcutta’s rich heritage waits to be discovered. The ‘Great Houses’ of Calcutta are an important but forgotten part of Calcutta’s architectural history. While much has been written and photographed on the British colonial architecture and lifestyle, very little has been done on the indigenous equivalent. By focusing on Calcutta’s heritage mansions and palaces, this book makes an important contribution to the architectural history of both Calcutta and India.
    Contents: Foreword / Introduction / Culture Dictates Form : Crowded lanes and secret courtyards style and construction / A New Urban Culture : Wealth and competition Urban rajahs set the standard / Maintaining the Past : Marble, mirrors, and a Rubens the palaces of the Mullick family / Tradition and Identity : Splendid ruins, architectural expression, independence / Europeans Style in Calcutta : The Maharajah of Burdwan’s city palace / East and West, Old and New : ‘Thanthania’, the ‘Great Houses’ of the Laha family / The Power of the Image : The deity at home, religion and everyday life / Rural Splendour : Ruined and forgotten, the Andul Raj Bati.

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