Here are some colours from the city, sadly described with fiendish delight - as dead and decaying by many a journalists and visitors. For they have not seen it all.
As the age old saying goes -'Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder'.
In my journey of discovering Calcutta beneath the surface, I was enchanted and awe struck by her beauty and magnificence. Some of those feelings I attempted to express in my compositions.
A few B&W photographs are presented in the preceding gallery and here are the hues of colour.
My perspective intends to be rather sophisticated and one of appreciation...
Mr. Mullick proudly points at the English, Ostler make 'made to order' composite chandelier-cum-ceiling-fan! - unparallel in whole Calcutta he proclaimed. True. They were commissioned by his grandfather. Three of them hung in this medium size drawing room currently being refurbished. The pelmets, the couch and the lamp brackets are in fine matte gold colour, most gracefully aged. A couple of big English chain-fusee bracket clocks produced xylophone type Westminster chimes. Two highly ornate, fine French figurine clocks also adorned the room. The one-piece, wall-to-wall carpet from erstwhile British dealer Lazarus and Company was kept rolled up. And there was a fantastic English grandfather clock with a detailed constellation dial and three huge mercury weights. Three more long case clocks adorned the wooden stair case landings. Their time keeping matched with my wristwatch and their presence commanded respect.
Even the entrance of this palace is full of spectacular, priceless art objects and period pieces. A house that could well be a museum !
Affairs of the estate are being discussed on sunday morning
The multi coloured courtyard.
A room of breathtaking grandeur. Wealth and artistic taste created the best possible display of objects d' art. A rare, private collection of antiques in a home that is lived by and maintained almost as during a hundred years back.
The little dust and damp remind one about the pedigree of the place and that of the owners...
Palaces of Calcutta.
Ladies and Gentleman -
The City's vanishing rooms.
This narrative awaits to be patronised
and published as a fine book...