Tuesday, 10 December 2013

An Exclusive Photowalk with Sam Hussein, the Celebrated British Royal Family Photographer in collaboration with Calcutta Photo Tours

Armed with a camera, Calcuttans are all set to walk through the corridors of culture in the city this December along with celebrated photographer Samir Hussein.

Calcutta Photo Tours, a travel company that has been formed with the spirit of celebrating the variegated flavours of good old Calcutta, is organising an exclusive photo tour in aid of Hope Kolkata Foundation on Friday, December 13, 2013.

The tour will provide a glimpse of the cultural kaleidoscope of the City of Joy.

A tour conceived by Calcutta Photo Tours it aims to introduce the participants to various communities like the Chinese who made the city their home and gave it its amazing Chinese food to the oldest surviving Christian tomb, the tour promises to be a photographer’s delight.

The cultural potpourri will also provide a chance to know amazing facts about various other communities who made Calcutta home and who now form an integral part of Calcutta and taste the local food.
The proceeds of the photo tour will go to Hope Kolkata Foundation, an NGO working with street and slum children of Calcutta.

About Samir Hussein
Samir Hussein is one of the UK's leading Royal and Entertainment photographers. Spending much of his time as an official photographer capturing the British Royal Family, he also documents film festivals such as Cannes, London and Paris Fashion seeks, Europe's biggest music festivals as well as the top VIP parties and red carpet events.

His work finds place in world-renowned publications such as The New York Times, Hello!, The Guardian, Life, Paris Match, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Times and Stern, and his imagery has also graced Royal stamps, coins and big-scale advertising and marketing campaigns.

His portfolio includes standout images of the likes of Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones and Madonna.

About Manjit Singh Hoonjan
Manjit Singh Hoonjan is a photographer, living and creating in Calcutta, India. The origin of his passion for photography is the deep love and connection that he feels for the city: its unique architecture, vibrant markets, colourful urban landscapes and magical ambiance which turn Calcutta into a living and breathing photographers' heaven.

He believes that the cultural richness, heritage and the urban narrative of Calcutta in general could not be the same without the people living here. That is why a major part of his photography is focused on inhabitants of Calcutta and is dedicated to them.

Start time: 6:30 a.m.
Duration of tour: Approximately 3 hours.
Meeting point: Indian Airlines city office, Central Avenue.
Tariff: Tour will cost INR 1,500/person
Itinerary: Some of the neighbourhoods and places that will be covered on this tour include Bow Barracks, Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Old Chinatown, Old Jewish neighbourhoods, Jain Temple, Portuguese Church, Armenian Church and the Chitpur neighbourhood.

Registration Closes on: 12.12.13 at 1 pm

For Registration Contact:
Manjit at +919831163482
Alokeparna at +919830212109
Debayani at +919836010988

More details here : https://www.facebook.com/events/566174256786883

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Godrej Coffer at the Armenian Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)

The Godrej coffer at the Armenian Church in Calcutta

On our Culture Kaleidoscope Tour (http://www.calcuttaphototours.com/tour3.php) that takes one through the various communities that made Calcutta home one of the stops in the Armenian Church on Armenian Street in Calcutta. There, stuck into the wall just at the entrance to the church one sees this "Collection Box For The Poor". The inscription on it tells that it is from 1929 and was presented to The Armenian Holy Church of Nazareth by Cecil Gregory Apcar in the loving memory of his mother Hossanah Aram Apcar who departed this life in Calcutta on the 25th March 1929.

It was truly amazing when this picture which was uploaded to Facebook prompted a friend of mine Chirodeep Chaudhuri an established photographer who has recently launched a splendid book titled "A Village in Bengal" to share this picture with Vrunda Pathare who works at Godrej and is in charge of a wonderful initiative at Godrej - Godrej Archives (more about it on there Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Godrej-Archives/394151247287699)

Vrunda shared that they had picked up a similar safe at Chor Bazaar and they were quite surprised that another of those existed and that too in a public place like this.

The caretakers of the Church say that though they have the key to the coffer, the coffer itself cannot be opened since the lock does not work anymore. It does have some layers of paint and opening it might need some efforts. It would be awesome to see it open and functioning again! Maybe something Godrej can help with?

The following are some pictures and information about these coffers courtesy Godrej Archives.

Godrej Coffers and Cash-boxes from a catalogue of Godrej Security Products, 1940s
Priced at Rs.55 and Rs.65, the Godrej Coffer was used to store business papers or valuables when a safe was considered too expensive. The coffers were small enough to be fixed in cupboards or to counters and could even be built into a wall as in the case of the Armenian church, at an additional cost (of Rs. 3) of course

Burglar-resisting Coffers
This truly was an awesome find! Stay tuned for more of such gems hidden in the lanes and alleys of Calcutta.