I took this shot beside Sovabazar Metro Station, Kolkata.. There are uncountable people who have not any shelter, or food.. They are helpless.. Only they had their footpath..
Shobhabazar (also spelt Sovabazar) (Bengali: শোভাবাজার) is a neighbourhood in north Kolkata, earlier known as Calcutta, in the Indian state of West Bengal.
Sheths and Basaks, well-to-do traders at Saptagram, were among the first to settle in Sutanuti and are said to have cleared much of the jungles in the area. Neighbouring Shyambazar was named after the family deity of the Basaks, Shyam Roy (or Gobinda), the attendant of goddess Kali by Shobharam Basak, one of the richest native inhabitants of 18th century Kolkata.
Interestingly, no historian touches upon the origin of the name of the neighbourhood but all link its fame and growth to the Deb family, who settled there.
When Ramcharan Deb was murdered by Maratha marauders in the jungles of Midnapore, his widow came back to their house at Gobindapur with her three sons and five daughters. The house was washed away by the Hooghly River and they moved to Arpooly, and from there to Shobhabazar. Ramcharan’s youngest son Maharaja Nabakrishna Deb rose to fame and power.
The glorious days of Shobhabazar starts with the decision of the British to build, after their decisive win in Battle of Plassey, the new Fort William in the heart of Gobindapur. The inhabitants of the village were compensated and provided with land in Taltala, Kumortuli and Shobhabazar.
Maharaja Nabakrishna Deb built his Rajbari (palace) at Shobhabazar. Some say that he acquired it from Shobharam Basak and made major extensions, matching his taste for pomp and grandeur. At least money was not in short supply. After the death of Siraj ud-Daulah, Nabakrishna Deb along with Mir Jafar, Amir Beg and Ramchand Roy earned eight crore rupees worth of treasures from the secret treasury.
Maharaja Nabakrishna Deb is said to have constructed the road from Upper Chitpur Road (now Rabindra Sarani) to Upper Circular Road (now Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road) and named with his own name. However, while half of the street was merged with Grey Street (now Aurobindo Sarani), another half became Shobhabazar Street. Another street north of it was named Raja Nabakrishna Street.
Amongst those in the Deb family, who had streets named after them are: Raja Gopi Mohun Deb, Raja Sir Radhakanta Deb, Raja Rajendra Narain, Raja Mahendra Narain, Raja Debendra Narain (adopted side), Raja Raj Krishna, Taja Bahadur Kali Krishna, Maharaja Kamal Krishna, Maharaja Bahadur Sir Narendra Krishna, and Rajah Bahadur Harendra Krishna (own side).
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ikeharel (43903) 2013-09-15 0:42
the little kid looks one as you described on the note, his hair need a treat. Yet, the beans on both hands show that he is aware about his appearence.
Fine shot on the street, convey the daily-life on this part of town.
have a nice week ahead,
ryno (6396) 2013-09-15 0:52
Hello Indrasish, you've caught the moment very well in this one. The subject is well placed against the backdrop of the carriage. Good sharpness, lots of interesting detail...a very good composition.
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-09-15 1:07
it´s always sad to see so many people,especially children,who live in poverty.The capture is very meaningful document about this sad and tragic aspect of the life.
The facial expression of this boy seems to tell us everything-his worries and sorrow.
Nice conversion into B&W,which makes enhances the perception of this scene.
Have a nice sunday
gojo (1317) 2013-09-15 2:36
Absolutely wonderful portrait with great back ground.
Thanks for doing it it B&W!
bayno (18334) 2013-09-15 2:42
very good and tende portarit, good chose for a B&W and nice tones...perfect framing and an interesting BG...
have a good sunday...
subhendu_bagchi (20976) 2013-09-15 5:25
dear brother, here you presented today a nice street life from Kolkata. Excellent composition, nice clarity. Very good composition placing the kid in foreground. Tfs.
aleXundar (555) 2013-09-15 8:42
Oh.. an excellent street photo of Kolkata again, Indrasish. The eye contact with the poor baby is superb. A very good composition and clarity.
Excellent ambiance of the city you have presented with a well-researched note on Sovabazar.
Liked a lot...
eldancer1 (20728) 2013-09-20 8:04
It is very sad that even in the 21st century there are still so many poor people just struggling to survive. Nice capture of this little boy especially presented in B&W. Good pov and nice contrast. Well done, tfs.
Miguel82 (14376) 2013-09-23 10:16
Good report in b&w version dear Indrashish, a charming little boy, authentic shot, I can see a hand rickshaw in the bg (I'm against that) and the daily life in the streets, the sharpness is excellent, have a nice evening
macjake (45574) 2013-10-15 16:55
sad to hear about the state of many people's lives in this area, even more sad that it happens all over the world much more than it should.
as for the photo, the bg image is almost as interesting as the young boy :)
the eyes of the boy stand out really well.
great photo all around
- Copyright: Indrasish Guha (Indrasish) (2349)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-09-14
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D5100, 80-200mm Nikon
- Exposure: f/4.6, 1/400 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-15 0:35