Calcutta: A Cultural and Literary History

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Signal Books, 2003 - Calcutta (India) - 255 pages
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In the popular imagination, Calcutta is a packed and pestilential sprawl, made notorious by the Black Hole and the works of Mother Teresa. Kipling called it a City of Dreadful Night, and a century later V.S. Naipaul, Gunter Grass and Louis Malle revived its hellish image. This is the place where the West first truly encountered the East. Founded in the 1690s by East India Company merchants beside the Hugli River, Calcutta grew into India's capital during the Raj and the second city of the British Empire. Named the City of Palaces for its neoclassical mansions, Calcutta was the city of Clive, Hastings, Macaulay and Curzon. It was also home to extraordinary Bengalis such as Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian Nobel laureate, and Satyajit Ray, among the geniuses of world cinema. Above all, Calcutta (renamed Kolkata in 2001) is a city of extremes, where exquisite refinement rubs shoulders with coarse commercialism and political violence. Krishna Dutta explores these multiple paradoxes, giving personal insight into Calcutta's unique history and modern identity as reflected in its architecture, literature, cinema and music. CITY OF ARTISTS: Modern India's cultural capital; home city of
  

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Contents

COMPANY CALCUTTA
9
Job Charnock and the Early Settlement
11
The Black Hole
15
Robert Clive
20
The White Town and the Black Town
22
Orientalism
25
Cultural Mixing
29
The Permanent Settlement
32
The Victoria Memorial Hall
129
Partition Swadeshi and Terrorism
135
THE STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE
140
Religious Divides
141
Spiritual Visitors and Secret Societies
142
The Revolutionaries
144
HinduMuslim Confrontation
150
The Marwaris and Barabazar
151

CITY OF THE BABUS
33
Kalighat Paintings
37
Babu Dwarkanath Tagore
39
Young Bengal
42
The Cult of the Book
44
Coffee House Culture
45
Chitpur Road
47
Images of the Divine
52
Durga Puja
54
CITY OF THE SAHIBS
58
Teachers and Missionaries
62
A Day in the Life of a Sahib
64
Belvedere and Alipur
67
The Race Course and the Clubs
69
Fort William
71
Armenians and Anglicans
73
Cemeteries
79
CITY OF REFORMERS
84
Rammohan Roy
85
Iswarchandra Vidyasagar
90
Michael Madhusudan Dutt
94
Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay Chatterjee
99
Swami Vivekananda
104
IMPERIAL CITY
113
The Beginnings of Nationalism
116
Victorian Viceroys
120
Romesh Chunder Dutt
123
Lord Curzon
124
Curzon and Bengal
127
Communal Riots and Noncooperation
154
The Rise of Subhas Chandra Bose
158
The Bengal Famine
163
The Great Killing
165
CITY OF STRIFE
169
Refugees from East Bengal
171
Mother Teresa
172
The City in Crisis
175
Under Western Eyes
178
The Rise of the Left
185
Marxism Calcuttastyle
191
Salt Lake City and the Metro
192
CITY OF LEARNING
195
Schools and Colleges
197
Sport
200
Science in Calcutta
201
A Love Affair with English
206
Indian English Fiction
209
ARTISTIC CALCUTTA
215
A City Made of Words
216
Theatrical Calcutta
221
Music Old and New
224
Painting and Sculpture
228
Cinema and Satyajit Ray
234
Calcutta Spirit
238
FURTHER READING
241
APPENDIX
245
INDEX
247
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