KOLKATA – CITY OF JOY? OR IS IT THE CITY OF JOY OF PHOTOGRAPHERS?
The first Capital and the jewel of the crown of British India and now the 3rd most populated city of the nation, Kolkata has seen sahibs take control over the glorious squalor and maddening crowds, it witnesses the resplendent Durga Puja every year which is the cultural identity of Bengalis across the globe and every gali signifies a new story by the walls and behind the porches. Kolkata, as popularly said is not the city of riches and bountiful but if you are looking for a city with a Soul, the city is at the heart of it!
Photographers, time and again have encapsulated the flavour of the city but if you are planning a trip down the sublime roads of Calcutta here are a few ideas to play around with!
The mighty bridges of Kolkata
The 4 grand bridges of Kolkata impart scenic photography locations where one can get more than just clichéd sunrises and sunsets. Howrah Bridge, Vidyasagar Setu, Vivekananda Setu and Nivedita Setu co create an ambience which mixes old British architecture with the crude city population that a photographer cannot resist! What’s more? Take a boat ride and trust me you will thank me after that!
BAZAARS OF Kolkatta
- Ask yourself a question! Can hotchpotch ever be termed as outlandish? Can a mess be amicable? If you do believe it is a yes you have to visit the dramatic Bengali souks in Calcutta.
- New Market Flower bazaar
A new definition of freshness as Chinese primroses and Dahlias cover the floor with electrifying colours and the air with mellifluous aromas! Phoolbazaar would make you dizzy with a quintessential image of Kolkata (not to be missed)
- Park Street on Christmas Eve or any other festival is no less than time square (a bit of an exaggeration isn’t that harmful!) Enjoy kebabs and mouth watering fish fillets as you make way for light play! Also bokehs, anyone?
- Gariahaat displays mixed emotions and if you enjoy street photography along with a little chit chat with your subjects this place is parfait!
- College Street attracts thousands of bookworms and the vintage Bengali Coffee house with its Parsi touch would demand to be framed.
Ghats and Temples of Kolkata
Ever heard of evening aratis of Kalighat and Dakshineshwar temple? The soulful chants and the magic of hundreds of oil lamps lighted together nurtures a wonderful platform to showcase your low light capturing technical know-hows! Belur Math and its resonant structure with its simplistic appeal have to be visited along with your camera.
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Maidan beside the grand Victoria memorial and tram rides with salted peanuts. Kolkata is its prettiest at this place. Gazillion pictures can be clicked and you still might not get bored! A walk down the lanes beside Indian Museum, and Eden gardens would give you your much needed dose of greens and sprawling lawns with footballers practicing along with horses grazing might just be the kind of calm you require!
Durga Puja and other festivals
Have you ever, in your entire photographic life experienced an utterly confusing moment when you could not decide that how the seconds are passing by faster than your shutter speed and you are missing out on classic frames?
It might sound weird but ask any shutterbug from Bengal he will explain how it is not surprising that you will click a thousand images a and they all turn out to be great!
Other celebrations include Saraswati Puja followed by Basanta Utsava which literally encircle around the colour yellow, Kali Puja and Rathyatra!
Parks and Gardens
New age adhunik (modern) parks as they are called promote the notion of sustainability and climate change like the one in Kolkata—Eco park in New town offer excellent photographs much to the delight of the photographers!
Those seeking for a variety of vegetation and the magic of reflection can visit the Botanical gardens and Southern Avenue lake to click their hearts out!
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Written by Shraddha Ghosh for WorldPhotographerscClub.com
Cover Photo by Ticklu