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DEULTI – THE HOME OF SARAT CHANDRA CHATTOPADHYAY


Deulti, a village 50 kms from Kolkata, leads to Samtaber which is the abode of famous Bengali novelist Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay was a Bengali novelist and short story writer of the early 20th century. Most of his works deal with the lifestyle, tragedy and struggle of the village people and the contemporary social practices that prevailed in Bengal. He remains the most popular, translated, and adapted Indian author of all time.

His house was constructed in the year 1923 by a local worker named Gopal Das and it cost a sum of ₹17,000. He stayed here for twelve years before moving to Calcutta.

The house and his belongings are still kept as is. The rooms, the courtyard, the staircase, the balcony – each and every corner of the house takes us back in time.

This two-storied Burmese-style house onlooking the Rupnarayan river, was also home to Sarat Chandra’s second wife, Hironmoyee Debi, and his brother, Swami Vedananda.

Parts of the house was damaged in the 1978 West Bengal floods.

The Zilla Parishad repaired the house, and it was declared a heritage-historical site under the West Bengal Heritage Commission Act (IX) of 2001.

Trees such as bamboo and guava planted by the novelist still stand in the gardens surrounding the house.

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s works such as Devdas, Baikunther Will, Dena Paona, Datta, and Nishkriti among others were serialised during his stay here. He also wrote Ramer Sumati and Mahesh among others during his stay in the house. We can also see the guava tree in his garden which has also found a place in his book Ramer Sumoti.

Green agricultural fields, temples, village houses by the Rupnarayan river and the house of famous Bengali novelist Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay – that’s all what Deulti has to offer. A perfect blend of history and rural Bengal!

Akash Chaudhuri
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Durga Puja – The Making


After walking through the narrow by-lanes of North Kolkata, we managed to reach Kumartuli. Since ages Kumartuli has been a home to the idol makers of Kolkata. Kumartuli is located by the Ganges and is popularly known as the potters’ quarter.

All the families here are directly or indirectly involved in idol making. Throughout the year they are busy making the idols of Ganesh, Kali, Durga and what not. The idols made here are not only supplied locally, but also exported to foreign countries during the time of Durga Puja.

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Every artist here has their own studio where they work day and night. The studios are small and basic structures of wood and bamboo just to prevent the idols from getting wet during the monsoons. The size of the studio varies depending on the stature of the artist.

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As you walk through the streets of Kumartuli, you get to witness many such idols which are kept by the side. The broken ones are placed along the road and it enhances the beauty of the place.

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The people here get uninterrupted supply of clay and water (the basic need for idol making) as Kumartuli is located by the Ganges.

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Idol making comprises many stages. First they make a wooden structure which supports the clay. After the clay is applied, it hangs on to the wooden framework. They proceed with coloring once the clay dries up.

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The idols which are made here are massive, generally weighing more than a hundred kilograms. So these wooden trolleys are made to carry these idols from one place to another.

Kumartuli is not only a home to the idol makers of Kolkata, it is also very popular among writers, artists and photographers.

Akash Chaudhuri
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