“It [Kolkata] is a city that is perpetually caught between what was and what could be. And everyone in the city is drowned in nostalgia about the place even when they’re there”- Anonymous
The City of Joy is a unique amalgamation of the past and the present. Nestled between the sky rises of modern architectural wonders, the people and this city have still preserved its past. Most streets and residential areas in Kolkata would see a combination of ultra-modern housing facilities as well as old colonial architectural residential buildings coexisting under the sun. The land of Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray, Sukumar Ray, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and many others still preserve the yesteryear flavors amidst the newer generation. One such heritage household in Kolkata is the Sabarna Roy Choudhury Paribar.
Each year, they throw open the doors of their ancestral household to numerous people from all over Calcutta and beyond and welcome them to Kolkata’s first ever household museum, Sabarna Sangrahashala which houses rare articles and artifacts of historical significance. The 13th edition of the International History and Heritage Exhibition held every year in the month of February would be held from 4th to 7th February 2018 from 10 am to 9 pm. Interestingly; the idea of the family Museum and Exhibition came from the need of aiding research students and scholars and promoting awareness of preservation of one’s heritage.
This year, The International History and Heritage Exhibition focus on unpublished letters of historical figures. The theme country is Thailand. Retrospective section shall be on legendary film actor Bhanu Bandhopadhyay and singer Satya Chowdhury. A gallery on the topic Terracotta of Bengal will be an added attraction. Apart from hosting the exhibition itself, there are cultural night and guided tours through the event as well as two Quiz competitions-BarisharSabjanta and Nostalgia’18 – for students and quiz enthusiasts. The annual hand-written Magazine Saptarshi is also published during this time. Earlier, the occasion had been graced by Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Sandip Ray, Gautam Ghose, Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Bickram Ghose and many others.
This year Kolkata Bloggers is honored to be the online partners for this noble cause. Our representatives would attend the Exhibition and we request all of you to attend it as well. It is an opportunity to discover and cherish the rich cultural heritage of Kolkata.
Location: Sabarna Sangrahashala
Address: Saptarshi Bhawan, Baro Bari, 67/3, Diamond Harbour Road, Barisha, Kolkata, West Bengal 700008. (Bus Stop- Barisha Sakherbazar)
Date: 4th-7th February
Time: 10 am -9 pm
Photographs Courtesy: Sabarno Sangrahashala