I took this shot at Lindsay Street, Kolkata in front of New Market..
About New Market:-
New Market is a market in Kolkata situated on Lindsay Street. Technically, it referred to an enclosed market but today in local parlance the entire Lindsay Street shopping area is often known as New Market.
Some of the earliest English quarters of Calcutta were in an area known then as Dalhousie Square. Terretti and Lalbazar nearby were the customary shopping haunts of the British. Later settlements arose in Kashaitola, Dharmatala and Chowringhee.
By the 1850s, British colonists held sway in Calcutta and displayed increasing contempt for the “natives” and an aversion to brushing shoulders with them at the bazaars. In 1871, moved by a well orchestrated outcry from English residents, a committee of the Calcutta Corporation began to contemplate a market which would be the preserve of Calcutta’s British residents. Spurred by the committee’s deliberations, the Corporation purchased Lindsay Street, made plans to raze the old Fenwick’s Bazar located there, and commissioned Richard Roskell Bayne, an architect of the East Indian Railway Company, to design the Victorian Gothic market complex which would take its place. It began to take shape in 1873, and Bayne was honoured for his achievement with a Rs. 1,000 rupee award, a large sum in the 1870s.
The giant shopping arcade was thrown open to the English populace with some fanfare on January 1, 1874. News of Calcutta’s first municipal market spread rapidly. Affluent colonials from all over India shopped at exclusive retailers like Ranken and Company (dressmakers), Cuthbertson and Harper (shoe-merchants) and R.W. Newman or Thacker Spink, the famous stationers and book-dealers.
Sir Stuart Hogg, then the Chairman of Calcutta Corporation, had shown tenacious support for the plans to build the New Market. So, 28 years later, on December 2, 1903, the market was officially named Sir Stuart Hogg Market and later shortened to Hogg Market. Bengali society, in the British era, called it Hogg Shaheber Bajaar, a name that is still in use, just as a painting of Sir Stuart Hogg still hangs in Calcutta Corporation’s portrait gallery. But the earliest provisional nickname, New Market, which remained in use throughout, proved to have the most sticking power.
New Market’s growth kept pace with the city until World War II. The northern portion of the market came up in 1909 at an expense of 6 lakh rupees. Despite the gathering storm of World War II, an extension was engineered on the south flank, and the historic clock tower on the eastern end of the market was shipped over from Huddersfield and installed in the 1930s. Florists were located near the front entrance, and stalls selling fresh and preserved foods were placed towards the rear of the market. Beyond the vegetable stalls, fishmongers and slaughterhouse butchers plied their trade, and, until the mid-1960s, at the very back of the market, exotic animals from all over the British Empire could be bought as pets.
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mrichat (1755) 2013-12-27 8:21
This one is a great capture with superb color.i like the choice of presenting the photo with a vertical frame.The path is looking great.you got a clear area of such a very populated place like new market area.well done.
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-27 8:41
Your photo has a lovely old world charm attached to it. You could have easily titled it..'Hogg Market' the original name :-)
The cobbled path provides perfect lead lines to the subject. Great composition with superb colors and clarity. Darun jaiga theke niyecho chobita..khub bhalo hoyeche!!
Thanks for sharing and All the very best for 2014.
ourania (48706) 2013-12-27 9:37
an interesting mix of old and new elements in this urban setting. I like very much how the colourful clock tower dominates your composition, standing out wonderfully amid brighter or duller contrasting colours. I wonder how a different cropping would work, reducing the foreground a bit and bringing the lower border at the height of the middle foreground perspective. I certainly like the depth of your picture as well as the way you handled the different colour qualities. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Noel_Byrne (32512) 2013-12-28 3:03
Fascinating note and image, as always your accompanying information adds so much to the view you present us with. Amazing that a wonderful structure like this could be borne of ignorance and division, but I suppose they were different times. For all the revulsion we would feel to these attitudes, at least it has left a fine architectural legacy! That clock tower is a most unusual design, and looks brilliant placed alongside the more modern white building.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-28 7:10
Nice view of the Hogg Market with very good saturated colors.
The road leading to the main entrance, is well composed. It is interesting that you got the place so deserted, particularly in festive seasons. The clock of the tower is perhaps not showing the correct time. Perfect angle chosen to show the architectural beauty of the market facade.
- Copyright: Indrasish Guha (Indrasish) (2943)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-05
- Categories: Daily Life, Food, Architecture, Artwork, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D5100, Nikkor 18 55mm
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Kolkata (My city) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-27 8:14