Experience the rich history and cultural diversity of Calcutta in the mid 20th century through the stunning photographs of Jayant Patel. Captured between 1940 and 1970, these images reveal the changing social and economic landscape of one of India’s most vibrant and populous cities.
Calcutta 1940-1970: In the Photographs of Jayant Patel is a comprehensive collection that showcases over 300 photographs that highlight the distinctive architecture, bustling streets, and colorful personalities of this bustling metropolis. Patel, a prolific photographer and lifelong resident of Calcutta, offers a unique and intimate perspective on the city, masterfully capturing the essence of its people and places through his lens.
An ardent documentarian, Patel’s photographs take you on a cultural journey across the city, providing a glimpse of the daily lives of Calcutta’s residents as well as the transformation of its urban landscape. From the bustling markets of Burrabazaar to the iconic Howrah Bridge and the majestic Victoria Memorial, Patel’s images convey a sense of nostalgia and wonder for a bygone era.
The book is divided into five chapters, each focusing on a specific aspect of life in Calcutta during the period. The chapters include “Street Scenes,” which showcases the hustle and bustle of life on the city’s crowded roads, “People and Cultures,” which highlights the rich and diverse ethnic communities that call Calcutta home, “Landmarks and Icons,” which offers a glimpse of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, “Everyday Life,” which provides a glimpse into the daily routines of the city’s residents, and “Social and Economic Changes,” which explores the transformations in society and industry in the post-independence era.
In addition to the stunning photographs, the book includes a detailed introduction that provides a historical overview of Calcutta’s evolution between 1940 and 1970. This section also includes biographical information on Jayant Patel, offering readers additional insight into the life of the photographer behind these evocative images.
Whether you are a fan of photography, history, or culture, Calcutta 1940-1970: In the Photographs of Jayant Patel is a must-have addition to any collection. This beautiful and informative volume offers a unique perspective on one of India’s most fascinating cities, transporting readers to a time and place that is at once familiar and yet utterly unforgettable.