Postcards From Bengal’s Regal Past In Dhanyakuria

Photographer Goutam Dey has travelled through West Bengal, India and captured what remains of an iconic legacy in various parts of this Eastern Indian state. 

This is the Gaine family ancestral house!

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And this is a top shot of the Ballav Family Home. Can you spot the similarity between these and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s sets in Devdas.

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Don’t just stand there gawking at the buildings, take a step inside. Despite the fortune it takes, these home have been painfully maintained in the way they were crafted in. Here’s a look at the courtyard of the Saw family home.

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The entire region is marked with incredible architecture – in temples and garden gates. Here is an image of the Gaine Garden gate…

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And this is the Naboratna Temple in the region…

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The Gaine Garden was once a home to the family members. It has now been leased to the Government of West Bengal and is currently being used as a rehabilitation centre for girls by the social welfare department of the state.

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With Durga Puja around the corner, sneak in a little expedition to witness these miraculous structures of the East. It takes nearly 2 hours by car to get to Dhanyakuria from the heart of Kolkata via Taki Road. Let Alpaviram know if you’d like to visit. Connect with us here.

ALL IMAGES ARE PROPERTY OF GOUTAM DEY AND SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT. PLEASE DO NOT USE IMAGES WITHOUT HIS PERMISSION.

 

– Text and Images by Goutam Dey

 

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