Exploring Kolkata's Rich Heritage

Over the years, the mingling of Eastern and Western cultural influences has sparked the development of different organisations supporting the culture in Kolkata. These include the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, the Academy of Fine Arts, the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, the Bengal Literary Society (Bangiya Sahitya Parishad), the Asiatic Society of Bengal, and the Maha Bodhi Society in addition to the universities. The city witnessed the beginning of the literary movement that started an Indian cultural renaissance in the middle of the 19th century.

Rich Artistic Heritage

Kolkata culture is not just reflected in the city's decorated walls but also in its artistic heritage. Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel Prize winner for literature in 1913, was the leading figure in Kolkata's art movement. His exceptional contribution to poetry, music, drama, and painting continues to enhance the city's cultural life. Kolkata continues to be at the forefront of artistic movements, and various artists' organisations have annual exhibitions here. The city has also been a trailblazing hub for Indian movie picture production. The experimental filmmakers Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen won praise on a global scale. Numerous cinemas in the city routinely screen movies in Hindi, Bengali, and English.

a band performing in a music festival with other people listening in - Polo Floatel Kolkata
two people sitting in a monorail with wooden windows - Polo Floatel Kolkata

Lifestyle in Kolkata

Culture in Kolkata goes a long way back and has evolved with people's lifestyles. Kolkata is well renowned for its affluent and traditional way of life. All across the city, Rabindra Nath Tagore's impact is felt. The culture of Kolkata is still dominated by orthodox clothing, and several markets like Shobha Bazaar and Gariaghat Market provide people with traditional wear. In Kolkata, the kurta and dhoti are regarded as the pinnacle of grace and respectability, exemplifying Bengali culture. You can shrewdly bend your integration up to vibrant richness and variety of lifestyles in Kolkata. Kolkata has a lot to offer in terms of nighttime entertainment, including nightclubs, bars and pubs, discotheques, live performances, theatres, and exhibitions. The city of Kolkata has truly broken out of its shell to become one of the top tourist destinations because of its historic charm and rich cultural history.

The charm of old Kolkata

This former capital of British India, often known as the "City of Palaces," is home to several colonial structures that feature Gothic, Neo-Classical, Oriental, and Islamic architectural influences. Heritage buildings like the Writers' Building, GPO, Insurance Building, High Court, Governors' House, and Town Hall have genuinely withstood the test of time and stand tall, contributing to the culture in Kolkata. Some of the best colonial architecture created under the Raj is found in old Kolkata. Such spectacular buildings abound in the city's north, the majority of which are well-preserved and still in use. Old buildings, hand-pulled rickshaws, and the noise and chatter of kids playing street football or gully cricket can all be found in North Calcutta's small backstreets.

backstreets of Kolkata with dingy roads, closed shutters on the buildings - Polo Floatel Kolkata

Enthralled yet? Experience Kolkata and stay at Polo Floatel Kolkata. The Hotel is close to tourist attractions in the city and will provide you with a range of amenities to rest up after a tiresome trip.

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