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                                      INDIA TODAY GROUP 1                   kochra                 aeb109c0ff05829fe4f8f662a854f30e                                                           TFOTP PRESS RELESE                   the swapping tales                                                       Celebrate your City. Celebrate your Heritage. 6-8 May ‪ 6-8 May                    



Tram Tales

About the Project - Tram Tales is an attempt to look back at the glorious history of the tram in Kolkata since its inception in the early 1900s. It is also an event to celebrate the present and future of tramways in this city. Trams have not only been a premier mode of transportation, but they have also always been one of the key symbols of the city of Calcutta. Using mixed-media, including theatre, film/video, music, interactive exhibition and photography, Tram Tales is a humble tribute to the great trams of Calcutta, and an event to celebrate the dynamic, modern future of an almost forgotten mode of transportation. Event Location - Gariahat Tram Depot. About the team - Sohini Chattopadhyay and Aditya Sengupta are filmmakers, writers, thespians and creative designers. Having studied at the Cambridge School of Art in Fine Art and Film and TV Production respectively, the two of them have also directed a play at the State University of New York in 2015. Currently, they are working as freelance original content creators, directors and producers for independent video and theatre work.  

Project Virsa

‘Virsa’ literally means heritage and we, the members of Virsa are here, in this event to do our small bit to bring a beautiful piece of Kolkata’s heritage in focus. Our group comprises of five students, ages ranging from 17 to 18. Our group consists of talented photographers, Alimpan Ghosh, Nayanika Mukherjee and Monideepa Majumdar, who are extremely passionate about the said project. Other than photographers, we have poets Fauzan Shams and Maitreyee Chakraborti. Our idea is to display the rich history and legacy of The Oriental Seminary that was once the greatest school of our soulful city but is now almost in ruins. We are an inspired and determined group of individuals who are driven to prove ourselves through this project. As the Seminary treads its path through history and becomes even more rich in its cultural facets, we look back on the 186 years only to find most of it is gray or lost. It is a sad thing that most of the reconstruction has not been done on the school’s archives, but on the archives of different newspapers and other people who are not directly related to the seminary. We are trying to make an attempt to tell people the story of the Seminary through the information we have and will gather from within the seminary.

The Chandannagar Story

Cultural heritage of our nation is a rich and diverse one. This soil not only the home of one culture but numerous art forms. Art is an expression of a particular person, or group of people. Art can have a large effect on culture. An artist is defined as “a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination. That sensitivity and imagination is what can make a culture. Art is something that influences many parts of our lives. Me and my team will work on Chandannagore which was a former French colony. Unlike the other European colonies of Bengal the French control of Chandannagar continued even after independence and it was only in 1950 Chandannagar became a part of India. Once a beautiful town with French masons and boulevards, the place has lost most of its past glory. A few of the French buildings have passed the test of time and can still be seen today reminding one of the French days of Chandannagar, offering a French holiday with a distinctive Bengali twist. We intend to make a documentary on this project through narrative story telling.

300 year old Temple

I am Souradeep Mallick, an Economics student from South City College. I have found a passion in photography. I am also curious about the city’s past and its old buildings from the Raj. Helping me in this project are my friends. Swagnik Bhattacharjee is a student of Netaji Nagar Day College. He loves clicking anything that pleases the eyes, and scribbling up small stories Sukanta Pal graduated in commerce from City College. He is also an Open Source Contributor, Wikimedian, Mozillian, Designer, Artist, Visual Storyteller, blogger. Amarttyajit Sinha is pursuing B-Tech in Electrical and Electronics. He is an avid photographer and an excellent painter (sketching). Raunak Bose is a student of Microbiology. He has interests in Music production and is an aspiring DJ as well as an avid photographer. Our project revolves around a 300 year old temple in one of the lanes off Nimtala Ghat Street in north Kolkata. We plan on making a video based on the temple, involving the locals and the priests as much as possible.

The Indian Artist

The Indian Artist ( Rimbik Das | Anumita Ghosh | Arakjyoti Nandi | Arnab Bharati ) We are The Indian Artist- a recently launched organization, to bring together budding artists from all over the country. We serve as a platform to connect, share the works and showcase the unique talents of its members and also it is a company which provides all kinds of Creative and Media Solutions. For this project we have chosen 'Tana Rickshaw' . Since Tana rickshaws these days are barely seen throughout the city of joy. hence it can be taken as a dying mode of transport We are compiling short stories and displaying it in the form of motion comics.

Shei Shomoi - travelling through time on the wings of song

What do we do with the past? Forget it? Or feel Nostalgic? What do we do with nostalgia? We either cherish or we repent. Either way we learn something about ourselves through reliving this memory in our mind… but when the memory belongs not just to one person, or community but belongs to a city… It tells us about who we are as a people. Through this project ‘Shei Shomoi' we hope to create a collective experience of a city’s memory. Moments brought into breath and life, travelling through time on the wings of song. This collaborative performance is the brainchild of Rajeshwary Ganguly Banerjee a vocalist and research scholar, Anushree Tapadar a PR and social media strategist and Dana Roy a theatre practitioner.

DISCONNECTED (Decayed Grandeur)

ESEDS School of Design (India’s First Ethical & Sustainable Design School) The team consists of Sajal Jain, Shaista Parveen, Chandni Agarwal, Harshul Arora and Abhishek Chakraborty – all are Responsible Fashion & Textile Design students at ESEDS School of Design, Kolkata. All of the team are under 28 years of age. Synopsis of the Project We propose a collaboration of creative Fashion, Installation, and Art performance in the ambience of a decaying Heritage Architectural Jewel in the crown of our beloved city Kolkata – Rani Rashmoni’s Palace at Janbazar. The aim is to provoke thoughts and questions about this forgotten and fast disappearing cultural and Iconic colonial styled Architectural heritage building. Not only does this palace hold an immense amount of architectural value and knowledge to Historians and Students, but it also champions the courage and determination of one of the most Illustrious Daughter’s of Bengal – Rani Rashmoni in the wake of the British colonialism in Bengal and East India. This represents ‘past grandeur’ now ‘disconnected’ by the more recent context of society, where everyday needs are no longer taken for granted. The event will aim to reconnect us and evoke a sense of responsibility in preserving and restoring this legacy of our past and giving it a glorious future for the generations to come. Indicatory Budget Rs.14,000 - Set Design, Sound/Music, Lighting, Dance Performer, Fashion/Costume Materials. ESEDS will design and make the costumes and set designs, but to make it an event fit for the occasion the technical side must be funded. Venue Rani Rashmoni’s Palace at 18/3 S N Banerjee Road, Janbazar, Kolkata.

Poetry Paradigm

The Team Poetry Paradigm is a team of passionate poets aiming at reviving and popularizing the reading of poetry at various nooks and crannies of the city and beyond. From organizing open-mics, partnering literary festivals , collaborating to publishing international anthologies , performing poetry based audio plays, the team has tried to take poetry out of its comfort zone of pen and paper, out to the big bad world. Joie Bose, Ananya Chatterjee, Ashoke Viswanathan, Arthur Cardozo , Saira Shah Halim and Ruchhita Kazaria and Devdan Chaudhuri are the core members of this organization. We, the Youth Brigade form the youth wing of Poetry Paradigm that has applied for this project. Debanjan Chatterjee, Rit Chattopadhyay, Arjyarishi Paul, Arpan Ghosh, Subhojoy Ghosh, Titas Biswas, Swastisha Mukherjee, Sanchalita Mullick, Pragati Gupta, Manikuntala Dasgupta, Suchi Banerjee and Shantanu Polley are the key participants.All of us are pursuing our post graduate degree in English from the University of Calcutta and Jadavpur respectively. The Concept Chilekotha, our project, is popularly called as an 'attic'. It can be called as an extra space on the 'chaad' (terrace) where apparently mundane activities like exchanging gossips to plain peeping goes on day in and day out. Chilekotha is also that extra bit of opportunity to find a quiet corner away from the hullabaloo of the house. Writing poetry, painting, hiding kites and their accessories, eating forbidden pickles on summer afternoons, and the list goes on as to what all a chilekotha has been witness to. As poets, we are trying to throw light on the dying significance of the chilekothas, as a heritage site for the blooming of art and culture, which nowadays seems to have faded out from the minds of the present generation- with multistoried high-rises and skyscrapers invading every inch of the stratosphere.


The Goal Every corner of a chilekotha has a story to narrate which we plan to highlight by converting one of these to an art-space we plan to decorate with our poems, as well as have poetry readings at. The necessary ambience of the lost attics is to be revealed through our attempt to inject life into this dying space of immense cultural and emotional significance. Our sole focus is going to be a reenactment of the lost culture associated with the chilekothas and raise the exact nostalgic streaks through our poetry. Chilekotha has been the breeding ground of many renowned artists around the world. I would like to add a few lines by world famous singer Sting and rest my case: "An uncle of mine emigrated to Canada and couldn't take his guitar with him. When I found it in the attic, I'd found a friend for life."

Jeleparar Shong

We are a team of two, I Dipanwita Saha, have completed her graduation and studying philology(linguistics and phonetics),I'm into music and dance as well and have also made documentaries upon Ganges etc,my fellow friend Mr Debopriyo J Burman Roy is an engineering degree holder and also an entrepreneur,and a vocalist.But where our passion meets is to explore our roots. So this particular project is a chance for us to do something good and preserve our heritage.basically there are many fields when it comes to heritage,but what makes a society is the culture,and what makes a culture to hold its root is the tradition they follow, Jeleparar shong is one of those, we have planned about certain things to showcase our idea that is to present a live show sort of in which the shongs would be performing by hovering around a particular area to make people see it and know the importance of it,and then to showcase the documentary we are suppose to make upon it by highlighting the need of this culture and tradition and also help them with funds so that they can again commence which they had to stop because of inadequacy of funds.

Kol- a -Haul

Meet us, the team 'Kol-a-Haul'. A word which phonetically comes off as the Bengali word 'kolahol' meaning chaos, we aim to pull in about an overhaul of the Kolkata we live in, blow the dust off its long-rusted image and try to bring about, the Calcutta as the organized chaos we learn to love & not just live in. And we seek to achieve the same by putting into focus the letters that form CALCUTTA, each letter signifying certain specific heritage elements typical of good ol' Calcutta (with its primary base around Coffee House & Chinese community) & go on to show how they've transformed in this Kolkata we live in. For it's not an illusion that once a part of glorious history, our city now lies in a dying drudgery. The very ethos of this project lies around the fact that in order to bring about any real change in the status-quo, we must at first realize what this city means to us. We must learn to love our city, just the way it is and take it in our own hands to shape where we want to take it. And it's up to us to lead the transformation, to sweep the home of our hearts, the Calcutta. Team Members: Eshita Dey (Team Lead): Currently a Master's student of political science at Presidency University. Hobbies include poetry, blogging, reading, story-telling and creating origami. Soumo Laha: Currently the manager of the company Benpro Feeds India, He, along-with being a photographer, is also a self-proclaimed amateur who can play a number of musical instruments. Ayanava Sil: Currently in his final year of MBA (Marketing) at BVBIMS, He has already bagged a lot of awards in the photography arena, including the recently-held 25Under25 national competition Snehadeep Das: Majoring in Economics at South City College, He also happens to be a very talented artist, apart from being a photographer. Sourzendu Das: Majoring in Accounts at Jaipuria College, He, the photographer, is always up for any photo-walks. Sourodip Ghosh: The socially well-known photographer, with wedding as his niche.

Once Upon a Time

The performance blurs the lines between site-specific theatre and immersive theatre. The concept is centered on the idea that places, foodstuffs, ideas, mostly everything created, is created with a “functional purpose” in mind. Over time that term loses its significance, as the creation loses its function or its purpose. When some such creation is lost, does it not become a ghost?

Bat Tala Publications

We wish to work on the Battala publications, the volumes of supposedly inferior literature which found avid readership among the Bengali middle class, but has been lost over time. A revival of the tales and language in vogue at that time will give us a precise reflection of the culture and sentiments of the time, which are inevitably inseparable from the community's heritage, and by extension, the city's heritage.  


  Gerard da Cunha Award-winning architect Gerard da Cunha maintains his practice from Goa, which he considers has a novel history in that it was the site of the ‘first sustained encounter between the East and the West’. This encounter has engendered a unique culture and architecture that is evident in da Cunha's lively and rather Gaudíesque work. Some of his vast body of work would include Nrityagram dance village at Bengaluru, Nrityagram received the award for best rural architecture from the Vice- President of India in 1991. He restored the oldest fort of Goa- Reis Magos Fort, which was lying in ruins for a long time. It has now become a successful tourist destination showcasing the history of Goa to the visitors. Gerard has also designed the Goa State Central Library located at Panaji (Panjim), which has six floors and houses more than 1,80,000 books.         Gerard da Cunha   Arijit Bhattacharyya An entrepreneur for over 18 years, Arijit Bhattacharyya is the founder of Virtualinfocom, India's one of the first game development company since 1998. Virtualinfocom are into gaming , animation and web solutions . They create games for strategy making, advertisements and educational games for children. They introduce themselves as one of the leading organizations offerings services for Animation, Games Development, Website Solutions.    

Arijit Bhattacharyya

  Iftekhar Ahsan Ifte the Intrepid or Iftekhar Ahsan Founder of Calcutta Walks is the one to be blamed for having started it all. His passion for trespassing is second only to his love for this city. Join him in an exploration of any part, theme, or perspective of the city, though he’s all for unearthing and understanding the various sub-cultures that shy away from the mainstream. A regular contributor to The Telegraph and other publications he has managed to build a reputation for himself as an explorer of the city and one of the best people to walk around town with.  

Iftekhar Ahsan

  Swarup DuttaSwarup Dutta, Swarup is a practicing Scenographer with formal training is in the field of Fashion and Textiles. After completing his masters in Fashion & Textiles from Nottingham Trent University, UK, he decided to pursue his passion in Fashion Education, Design & Photography. Since 2001 he has conceptualized, styled, and shot campaigns for many national and international labels and brands. His works resonates between fashion and fine arts. His work has been showcased at various photo festivals. His Scenographic endeavours include Jhaal Farezi - a culinary and experiential space in the heart of Kolkata, fashion installations/walk throughs for Anamika Khanna, Shantanu Goenka, Kiran Uttam Ghosh His latest project was curation of The India Story, a recently concluded art & design exposition which he curated along with Nil   Swarup Dutta   G M Kapur G.M.Kapur, is a Calcuttan of long standing. He is a Member of the Institution of Engineers as well as a Chartered Engineer. Professionally he is an independent management consultant. He is a member of the National Governing Council and is State Convenor of the West Bengal and Calcutta Regional Chapters of The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and has also served on its Central Membership and Chapters Committees. He has been associated with INTACH since its inception in 1984.       G.M.Kapur   Sumona Chakravarty Sumona Chakravarty has worked the field of community art and participatory design practices in India, USA and Mexico. She recently graduated from the Masters program focussing on art and design for civic engagement at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She graduated with a B.A. in Art and Design from the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore and is currently an Art Think South Asia Fellow.       Sumona Chakravarty     Picture1           \ New 1                           New 2 NEW 3                                                             Thank you Kolkata for your enthusiastic response to TFOTP. From all the amazing applications that we have received we have made a choice of 16. Long List of Eligible Applications for TFOTP: Syamantak Hazra Aditya Sengupta Aloke Kr Singh Veronica Roy Chowdhury Saswata Ghosh Souradeep Mallik Rajeswari Ganguly Abhik Chowdhury Monideepa Majumder Poetry Paradigm: 2 applications Sourzendu Das/Eshita Dey Saintbrush Pallabi Das & Sourav Bhowmik Prakshi Saha     Thank you YES Foundation for your support as Performance partner. Thank you Gerad Da Cunha for joining us from Goa. Status Update Pitching by long listed participants before Jury 10 th April 2016. Announcement of Short List 12th April 2016 Mentoring of Short Listed Participants by Experts 16th April - 5th May 2016 Onsite Performance Schedule 6th May - 9th May Thank you Telegraph 91.9 Friends FM Eden Media Srei Syndicate Bank Star Cement Century Ply Purple Movie Town Loyalie Mad About Drama Calcutta Walks Kolkata Bloggers and of course Arts Forward From Team Future.  
Future Media School TFOTP ( The Future of the Past ) Heritage Walk Posted by Mousumi Ghosh on Wednesday, March 16, 2016
At Chhatu Babu Latu Babur bari last evening for The Future of the Past. What a splendid evening with the inspiring words by 81 year young Santimoyda, experiences and history of site specific theatre in the city by Prof Ananda Lal followed by Vikram Iyengar sharing experiences of Sasha Waltz and other choreographers and directors who transgressed the stage to create site-specific experiences. 1               2               3           4           DSC_0135        
  If you are a creative person below 30 yrs of age, think out of the box and have a heart that beats for the heritage of Kolkata then you could help us build 'The Future of the Past'. Inviting applications from Photographers / Film Makers / Musicians / Fashion Designers / Poets / Dancers / Theatre groups and other creative people, this is your chance of making your creativity count. Help us rediscover, remap, reveal, celebrate and document the fading heritage of the City of Joy.

Please fill up the form and send it to thefutureofthepast2016@gmail.com. Last Date of Application Mar 20, 2016.


You are in love with Kolkata and its beautiful heritage.From hand-pulled rickshaws, yellow cabs, Victoria Memorial to Coffee House, you love them all. You enjoy heritage trails and soak up every little story of the days gone by. You notice old houses, dilapidated places of worship, deserted alleys, dying communities of Kolkata all the time. And wish you would not lose them to layers of time !

Your creativity could win you a commission to help you do so !

You are a film maker/theatre person/dancer/photographer/fashion designer etc who wants to apply for TFOTP. Build a minimum group of 2, maximum of 5 other creative people in similar or colliding disciplines. eg a dancer coould collaborate with a poet and a photographer. A theatre person could collaborate with a film maker. A fashion designer could collaborate with a graphic artist. In case, you cannot find anyone suitable login to facebook.com/tfotp to found more people like you who are looking to form a diverse and talented team. Find a suitable heritage spot/building/alley/bridge/locality which you feel is neglected and not getting its due. Imagine how you would connect your creative collaboration to this heritage space Thank you for opting to help us build The Future of the Past. 12741885_1135833166449420_8727312477034521559_n   Heritage is a heavy term,calm and when it comes to Victoria,it weighs less at dusk.Pillars are pixellated, a souvenir finding solace in the small-cupboard like room you prefer to call memory.Vendors finding their occasional patrons,selling phuchkas to shikanjis everyday.It's all about the perks of being in an evening with the white beauty.Splendid, isn't it?     12715803_1135592399806830_6230391585293548331_n Glass-fronted malls and arcades are bound to hook up most of the youngsters but Kolkata's New Market continues to maintain its scurrying of old men,bargain hunter and why not.Any teenager may have every reason to choose their trends from Pantaloons or check-in at KFC, yet a trifle grimy with phuchka,rolls and chaat vendors is New Market's own brand of nostalgia in an evolving cityscape. Renovated New Empire, some dilapidated sooty buildings- but when it comes to this Market,dated back to 1874 one has always ended up buying more than one had planned to.Old wine tastes good, like always.   12741956_1135059813193422_7965563602134889952_n Lanes lit up during Christmas, dancing with the dragons, gobbling pork momos at 6 AM still call you back to the place they belonged. Bow Barracks hardly has any Anglo-Indian resident. You could hear the longing wish for their childhood as they stood infront of the doorway of a dimly-lit Chinese temple trying to recollect many a encounters they had in these familiar lanes. Oh btw, don't forget to drop in with droopy eyes for the most authentic Chinese breakfast still prevalant in Kolkata.   The very word 'prosiddho' is infact an age-old affair.If you really wish to have a hoosh-hoosh nom-nom the city takes pride in its 'oitihyobaahi' feature of eatery, 'cabin'.A defining taste you have grown up with.Terrible tiny tales on the fat/thin-layered Parotha and the curry that either your father or any of the old narrat'or' s have grown up with. 12717754_1134589086573828_2212108864248164878_nTell me the last time you have visited Anadi Cabin? A short glimpse from your cab even on the way to WOW MOMO, maybe?   Or have wished to have a change of your so-much-browsed-zomato? When food wins places,Anadi Cabin still believes to set you up.Who knows a li'l cabin can hold many-a li'l hearts.     12745712_1134452303254173_5127946460616582156_nThis man, having seen the old tales of your grandfather now witnesses the changing stories of your youth through a glass window overlooking the Ganges where a boatman returns at sunset singing the saga of old treasured glory of this place. Scoop, not very long ago, was not just another fancy hangout place at Esplanade but one of the oldest ice cream parlours of Kolkata located at Outram Ghat standing strong with love stories that brew and broke over three scoops of ice cream and a packet of hot French Fries.     MADA pair of eyes.They keep roaming.My city is furious,oh yes friendly.I speak English and I know you have already taken it as a creative mother tongue, a proud adjective.Tell me how many young people know their para or barowari pujo or the lane they live in?Do you still habitually indulge in adda or have left the term itself on rocks or 'rowacks'? Kolkata is the city of nicknames.Some remembers it by its College Street in lieu of the verbatim 'boipara', some by the tall standing National Library, or Victoria Memorial.It'splaces, its age-old architecture are carrying our last tadbit of reminiscence.   The rest is past continuous. A Future Media School initiative. The Future of The Past,coming soon to surprise you.   Metropolitan Building, Calcutta (Kolkata),Whiteway, Laidlaw and Co. to Big Bazar Metropolitan buildingOn the eastern side of Esplanade stands a spectacular building in Baroque style, complete with domes, pediments, balconies & clock tower. Known as the Metropolitan Building it once housed Calcutta’s (Kolkata’s) leading departmental stores run by the famous Whiteway, Laidlaw and Co.       Portuguese Church (1799)Catholics Cathedral of Calcutta (Kolkata) portugueseHistorical evidences indicate that the Portuguese arrived in Calcutta (Kolkata) much before Job Charnok, but their relationship with the English has never been friendly. The first Portuguese place of worship in Calcutta (Kolkata) date backs to the late 17 th century, consisted of a mud hut. In 1700 it was converted into a brick structure. In 1757 Lord Clive expelled the Portuguese from Calcutta (Kolkata) and the Catholic Portuguese Chapel was converted into an Anglican Protestant Chapel. Four years later the ban was lifted and the Portuguese got back their chapel in 1796. They decided to convert the chapel into a Church and funds were raised. The well known Portuguese traders Baretto Brothers were leading contributors. The new church, which exsists to this day, was opened to public on 27 Nov. 1799. Designed by James Driver it was constructed at a cost of Rs90,000.  

GUESS what this piece of architecture was used for ?

future of the pastAt first glance it may appear to be a small church, complete with a bell tower, red titled roof, a projected porch, long flight of stairs and pointed Gothic arches. A common sight in small towns of Europe. Gas Crematorium Crematorium Street, Behind Lower Circular Road Cemetery, Kolkata      

Plaque of the last legal Sati (Suttee) of Bengal

Assembly Hall, Scottish Church College, Kolkata

Sati of BengalThe plaque in memory of The Rev. Bipro Charan Chuckerbutty, who lighted the pyre of the last legal sati of Bengal, stands on the walls of the Assembly Hall of Scottish Church College, in North Kolkata. Sati (or Suttee) is an ancient Indian funeral custom where a widow immolated herself on her husband’s pyre, or committed suicide in another fashion shortly after her husband’s death, but in most cases it was not a case of suicide, as the widow was force ably burnt to death. In December 1829 Sati was officially banned in Bengal by the British Government. Bipro Charan Chuckerbutty was born in 1823 and was later baptized in 1843. He was connected with the Scottish Mission for over half a century and became the first native ordained minister of Church of Scotland in India. His plaque makes an interesting reading. “In 1829 he lighted the one pyre of his dead father and living mother, the last legal suttee of Bengal.”      



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