Thursday, January 27

Kolkata celebrates its heritage through walks

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Kolkata witnessed ‘The City as a Museum’ walks, a celebration of the legacies of Bengal art on World Heritage Week that expanded the museum experience at Ghare Baire (Currency Building) into the city and beyond.

These walks took place at eight historic sites, including some of the most beloved and prestigious heritage landmarks such as the Victoria Memorial Hall, as well as sites of significance like the Roxburgh House of the Botanical Gardens, that are usually outside the cultural map of the city.

Spread over ten days, this art heritage festival was the first of its kind in the city which connected art to different aspects of heritage through a series of walks, workshops, concerts, and more.

The festival helped viewers experience Kolkata in a refreshingly new light and discover new stories in both familiar and unfamiliar spaces.Another attraction was the Indian Museum walkthrough and workshop that traced the evolution of visual language from Mughal miniatures with artist Swarup Dutta and the museum’s head of art section Arnab Basu.”We planned it to show the rich heritage of our city and areas around it. The main goal was to make people aware of our rich heritage. In future, we plan to conduct more such walks,” said Sujaan Mukherjee of DAG, the organisation that conducted the walks.

On its last day, the walkthroughs visited the lanes of Metiabruz, the erstwhile area of residence of the former Nawab of Oudh, Wajid Ali Shah. From imambaras to the residence of the last nawab, history buffs were made to run around the bylanes of the old royal areas of Kolkata.

Source: India Today

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