Photographer's Note

Pictured here is the Basu Bati, which stands at 65/2 Baghbazaar Street, Kolkata. The house, whose foundation stone was laid in 1876 by the Basu (Bose) family ('Bati' means house in dialectical Bengali), has a glorious past. During the days of the British rule in India, it was the venue of numerous political gatherings, the most famous being the meeting of July 1905 that was convened to oppose the British policy of the partition of Bengal. On the 16th of July, Rabindranath Tagore (who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913) organized a procession that terminated at Basu Bati where a mass 'Raksha Bandhan' (similar to the tying of friendship bands) was organized as a mark of unity between Hindus and Muslims and a protest against the partition of Bengal.

The architecture of the building has Hindu and Islamic elements as well as European influence in the form of Doric columns.

I have posted two more pictures in the WORKSHOP section, one showing the columns and the other showing a street sign installed by the Kolkata municipal corporation.

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