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The Forgotten Palaces of Calcutta

Joanne Taylor

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ISBN 10: 818973802X / ISBN 13: 9788189738020
Published by Niyogi Books, 2006
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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 1. Culture Dictates Form : Crowded Lanes and Secret Courtyards Style and Construction 2. A New Urban Culture : Wealth and Competition Urban Rajahs Set the Standard 3. Maintaining the Past : Marble, Mirrors, and a Rubens the Palaces of the Mullick Family 4. Tradition and Identity : Splendid Ruins, Architectural Expression, Independence 5. Europeans Style in Calcutta : The Maharajah of Burdwan?s City Palace 6. East and West, Old and New : ?Thanthania?, the ?Great Houses? of the Laha Family 7. The Power of the Image : The Deity at Home, Religion and Everyday Life 8. Rural Splendour : Ruined and Forgotten, the Andul Raj Bati Printed Pages: 110. Bookseller Inventory # 5027

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Title: The Forgotten Palaces of Calcutta

Publisher: Niyogi Books

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: First edition.

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The only documentation on the Raybari's during British Raj
The Forgotten Palaces of Calcutta reveals the old buildings of the city, where heritage houses and history fill every crowded lane and secret courtyard. The great houses of Bengal's merchant princes have been largely forgotten and rarely photographed. The great families experienced enormous changes in fortune over the centuries, from great wealth and power during colonial times to dramatic economic and social upheaval after India's independence. For the remaining occupants, their ancestral homes are bitter-sweet symbols of family pride, difficult to restore, or sometimes even to maintain. By focusing on Calcutta's heritage mansions and palaces, many of whose interiors have remained the same for over 200 years, The Forgotten Palaces of Calcutta makes an important contribution to the architectural history of both Calcutta and India.

Contents:
Preface; Introduction; Culture Dictates Form; Crowded Lanes and Secret Courtyards, Style and Construction; A New Urban Culture; Wealth and Competition, Urban Rajahs Set the Standard; The Spirit of a Great House; The Home of the Tagores; Maintaining the Past; Marble, Mirrors and a Rubens; The Palace of the Mullick Family; Tradition and Identity; Splendid Ruins, Architectural Expression and Independence; European Style in Calcutta; The Maharajah of Burdwan's City Palace; East and West, Old and New; Thanthania, the Great House 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; Quiet Contemplation; Country Life in Rural Bengal; End Note.

About the Author:

Australian born Joanne Taylor is a Sydney-based scholar, writer and photographer with a passion for Indian architecture and culture. She has written for numerous publications and studied Indian history at the University of Sydney. Joanne first visited India in 1971, which left an indelible impression on her. In The Forgotten Palaces of Calcutta, she achieves her aim of showing another side of the city of Calcutta; a city she feels leaves a lasting impact on all who embrace it. The 'Great Houses' of Bengal's merchant princes have been largely forgotten and rarely photographed. Many of the interiors have remained the same for over 200 years. The 'Great Families' experienced enormous changes in fortune over the centuries, from great wealth and power during colonial times to dramatic economic and social upheaval after Independence. For the remaining occupants their ancestral homes are bittersweet symbols of family pride, impossible to restore, or sometimes even maintain. By turning the lens to a neglected aspect of colonial Calcutta, Joanne Taylor captures the city's 'Great Houses' as they are today.

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