I took this shot at Indian Coffee House, Kolkata..
About Indian Coffee House:-
College Street Coffee House is a cafe located opposite the Presidency College on College Street, Kolkata. It has been for a long time a regular hang out and a renowned meeting place (adda) for intellectuals and students (and ex-students) of the Presidency College, University of Calcutta, and other institutions in College Street. It has played an important part in Calcutta's (Kolkata) cultural history and known as the hub of intellectual debates.
The history of the Coffee House at College Street can be traced to Albert Hall, which was founded in April 1876. Later, the Coffee Board decided to start a coffee joint from the Albert Hall in 1942. Notable citizens were frequent visitors to the place. In 1947, the Central Government changed the name of the place to "Coffee House". The place became a meeting place for the poets, artistes, literati and people from the world of art and culture. In 1958, the management decided to shut down the Coffee House, but it was re-opened the same year, after professors of Presidency College and Calcutta University rushed off a special petition to the government, to save the heritage place. In 2006, a huge financial crunch kept the co-operative society from undertaking renovation of the coffee house. Though a few companies such as Asian Paints approached the society with offers to renovate the restaurant, the offers were refused due to clash of norms and conditions.
The prestige of the Coffee House increased with regular visitors such as Satyajit Ray, Manna Dey, Amartya Sen, Mrinal Sen and Aparna Sen The Coffee House is of historical significance for being the rendezvous of innumerable versatile people, from its inception to date. Scholars, editors, artists and writers like Ritwik Ghatak, Narayan Gangopadhyay, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Sanjeev Chattopadhyay,Biswapriya Mukherjee, Samaresh Majumdar, Subhas Mukhopadhyay and Shakti Chattopadhyay) have been just a few among the patrons of the restaurant. In early sixties of 20th century the coffee house became the intellectual battleground of the famous Hungry generation literary and cultural movement; the iconic poets Malay Roy Choudhury, Samir Roychoudhury brother duo who pioneered the movement were arrested and prosecuted. Several literary magazines owe their origin to the inspiration from the adda sessions at this coffee house. Though popularly known as College Street Coffee house, this branch is actually on Bankim Chatterjee Street. The coffee house is famous for its adda sessions, and as the breeding place of several political and cultural personalities and movements. Many people come here just for the sake of adda and just being a part of the long talking sessions. Several talented and illustrious persons from different streams have been thronging this renowned adda for a long time.
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subhendu_bagchi (23593) 2013-09-23 8:11
wow, it is for first time I am seeing the view of coffe-house of kolkata in TE. Thanks for it brother. Really a nice view, who says- "Coffe house-r sei addata aaj aar nei"? Besh aachhe, dibbi aachhe. Hoyto sei 'saat jon' nei tobu aadda cholchhe. A nice capture with the incoming light through those skylight. Great gathering of people, we can see in bottom. Nice atmosphere. A moody one. Tfs.
krzychu30 (14346) 2013-09-23 11:06
and this time you present us excellently a part of your culture and how people in your Kolkata spending their time.I like the composition and this moody,ambient light,which create so lovely atmosphere of the place.
Light management perfectly controlled!
Wish You a nice evening my friend!
ikeharel (46944) 2013-09-24 0:41
Outside light sheded as a canopy over people's heads in the Cafe'.
A special glow indoor's, and I think this happened due to cigarettes smoke.
There is good clarity inspite all this.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-09-24 9:17
Exceptional clarity in a difficult situation - rays from the skylights as well as faces in the darker area. The timing is perfect with a very good composition.
Thanks for reminding some g(old)en evenings…
Enjoying your series immensely,
- Copyright: Indrasish Guha (Indrasish) (2517)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-19
- Categories: Daily Life, Food, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D5100, Nikkor 18 55mm
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-23 7:33