Theater Road – Between Rawdon Street and Seven Point Crossing. Colour

This is the second segment of my Theater Road series. The people who call this road their own bring a variety of different colours and hues with them. Some colours and colour combinations dominate the landscape, like the yellow and green of the share autos, the bright yellow taxis and the blue buses with yellow horizontal stripes. While Mamta Banerjee’s blue and white colour scheme stands out in its effort to brighten up the street, on the whole this stretch of road has a faded hue reflective of an aging city struggling to find its feet in the 21st Century.

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Theater Road – Between Rawdon Street and Seven Point Crossing. Black and White

Ever since my return to Kolkata in November 2016 my work, daily errands and commutes to other parts of the city has made the patch of Thearte Road between Rawdon Street and Seven Point Crossing my home beat.

This has revealed the varied facets and character of this short stretch of road in the heart of Kolkata. Daily commutes have exposed me to people from all walks of life, a variety of economic pursuits, a majority of city’s modes of transport and Kolkata’s different moods. Being at the heart of the city this stretch is almost forever bustling with life. Thousands and thousands of footfalls are experienced daily and a variety of entrepreneurs catering to people of all economic backgrounds have made the street and its footpaths their work place.

While a majority of the pedestrians and commuters are rushing between destinations, there are many who have a more leisurely approach to their journeys. This series,the first segment of which is in Black and White, represents my observations and experiences while going about my daily routine.

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Between Rawdon Street and Jodhpur Gardens, Kolkata. 7th November 2016.

My current work with an NGO based in Jodpur Gardens has enabled be give my camera regular outings. Keeping my eyes peeled and my X 100S close to hand my journey to work lends itself favorably to expanding my street photography repertoire. 

This Monday presented sights of young mothers tackling the day with school children in tow, the hustle and bustle of daily commuters, harassed couples struggling to make it to work on time and other everyday happenings. Most people have little time or patience to observe the world around them, however the less fortunate have little choice but to sit back and observe. Smokers tend to be a breed apart and always seem to be able to squeeze out a little time for a contemplative smoke. 

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Diverse Twosomes – Pujo 2016, Kolkata. Black & White

This is the second segment of my documentation of diverse pairings during the annual Puja celebrations in Kolkata. While colour and vibrance lies at the heart of the festivities, black and white is largely in tune with the history and tradition of Kolkata and its ancient festival, often stripping away the layers of gloss and exposing the soul within.

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Diverse Twosomes – Pujo 2016, Kolkata. Colour

The pujas as usual took Kolkata by storm. While most of Kolkata’s denizens visited the festivities in droves, many preferred more personal twosomes. In addition to the mandatory young couples these pujas saw a variety of diverse pairings exploring the sights and sounds, patiently observing the frenzied hustle and bustle, indulging in a bit of adda or simply carrying on with their everyday lives almost oblivious to the whirlwind of activity that gripped their city.

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