Exploring Kolkata's Rich Heritage

All about Kolkata


Over the years, the mingling of Eastern and Western cultural influences has sparked the development of various, different organisations that support 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.

Floatel Kolkata - a person playing a guitar

Rich artistic heritage


The famous Kolkata history and culture are 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, and his exceptional creativity in poetry, music, drama, and painting continues to enhance the city's cultural life. In the nation, Kolkata continues to be at the forefront of artistic movements, and various artists' organisations have annual exhibitions there. 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.

Floatel Kolkata - a band performing in a music festival
Floatel Kolkata - two people sitting in a monorail

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 may be felt. The culture of Kolkata is still dominated by traditional clothing, hence there are several markets like Shobha Bazaar and Gariaghat Market that are well known for having a wide variety of clothing. In Kolkata, the kurta and dhoti are regarded as the pinnacle of grace and respectability. It finest exemplifies Bengali culture. You can shrewdly bend your integration up to the 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 a large number of colonial structures that feature Gothic, Neo-Classical, Oriental, and Islamic architectural influences. Heritage buildings including 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 examples of colonial architecture created under the Raj can be 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. And if you are looking for a place to stay, do check out the luxury stay options here.

 

Floatel Kolkata - backstreets of Kolkata