These Beautiful Pictures of Kolkata’s Heritage Buildings Will Take You on a Trip Back in Time

Being witnesses to one of the first examples of colonial architecture in the country, some of the historic buildings come a very long way.

Making way for commercial and residential projects, most of our cities, in their race towards development, are losing their heritage buildings.

Standing tall for decades and some even for over a century, these have stood the test of life and are the only links to our past.

The city of Kolkata or Calcutta,with its old world charm,is deeply imbued with cultural legacy.

Lake Market. Source: Instagram.

Being witnesses to one of the first examples of colonial architecture in the country, some of the historic buildings come a very long way.

Capturing the city through its 19th century heritage buildings is one photography project by a group of three friends. They are leaving no stone unturned to document these time-tested relics that face the threats of modern-day civilisation.

Titled Calcutta Houses, the project on Instagram has been undertaken by Manish Golder, Sidhartha Hajra and Sayan Dutta in their pursuit of archiving the city’s roots through its heritage homes.

The project finds its inspiration from the Calcutta Architectural Legacies project by Amit Chaudhuri and some of the city’s architects and conservationists,

Here’s a glimpse into the old world charm of Calcutta that will give you a trip down memory lane:

Kolkata. April 2017 I've been dwelling on loss and death over the past week. Also on poverty, dereliction and despair. What is integral to human existence translates to objects around us, as does the reverse. The dark lonely evenings, long and dimly lit by the old television set, the bargain at the bazaar, and then when you are gone there would be no one left to remember. Is transmuting and transferring the memories of us that makes us spiritual yet so material? These houses will all disappear one day. So shall you and I. And all our loved ones. Tell your tales for they might be remembered and these images may serve as an index of the past. – text and image @manishgolder . . . . #calcuttahouses #calcutta #kolkata #memory #memories #death #life #old #houses #neighbourhood #architecture #building #architexture #city #buildings #urban #cities #town #street #art #architecturelovers #abstract #lines #archilover #streetart #archidaily #blackandwhite #monochrome #bnw

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.