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The Ahiritola Sutanuti Heritage Trust had its inaugural programme at Jorasanko Thakurbari on 23rd of March 2014. The Heritage Trust was launched with the purpose of creating awareness about heritage of Kolkata and its history. The strong heritage that Kolkata has surely constitutes its DNA. Therefore no wonder Kolkata was always and still remains to be the cultural and heritage capital of our country.

The inauguration was launched at Jorasanko Thakurbari which provided a majestic backdrop and the right milieux for the purpose of the Trust. The evening began with an Art Exhibition that was meant to be a fund raiser for the organization. The exhibition, curated by Ms. Ina Puri , was mounted at the Upasanalaya in Tagore’s courtyard. Artwork by Subramanyan (including the mural in the backdrop), Somnath Hore, Paritosh Sen, Ganesh Haloi and Chitrovanu Mazumdar, courtesy Akar Prakar, The Seagull Foundation for the Arts and Sakshi Gallery, were on display.  

The actual inauguration event was kicked off on time at 6:30 pm by Dr. Amit Ghose, Convener of the Trust. The inauguration began by a welcoming Rabindra Sangeet and lighting of the inaugural lamp amidst the sound of conch shells, kansar ghanta and dhak. The lamp was lit by patrons and committee members

This was followed by a welcome note by Dr. Amit Ghose who emphasized the need for creating interests of the heritage of North Calcutta. Dr. Ghose reiterated that the journey had only just begun for Ahiritola Sutanuti and very appropriately from the premises of an internationally acclaimed heritage venue – Jorasanko Thakurbari. Dr. Ghose thanked the packed audience and acknowledged the tremendous interest that Kolkata audience has shown towards preservation of heritage.

Jawhar Sircar

The dominant historical narrative of Kolkata is one that had been documented and disseminated by the British. Jawhar Sircar, CEO, Prasar Bharati, who delivered the keynote address said, “The story of north Kolkata is a story of counter-narrative of the people of the area, one that needs to be brought out in the open and retold.” Aided by a collection of rare paintings dating back to early 18th century, Sircar chronologically detailed the evolution of Dalhousie, then known as “Saheb Para” or the White Town and the rest of north Kolkata including Sutanuti, Jorabagan, Jorasanko, Kumartuli, Burtolla and Hathkhola, which were collectively referred to as the “black town.”

Girija Devi

A packed courtyard, with many sitting on the steps and even leaning from balconies, listened in rapt attention as Girija Devi sang for over 40 minutes. “It is a privilege and an honour to be at Rabindranath Tagore’s home today and being able to perform here. This is the first time I am singing here”, said the 84-year old Hindustani classical singer who was greeted with a standing ovation as she took the stage, accompanied by four pupils.
  • Mr. Jawhar Sircar, IAS
  • Mr. Michael Robertson
  • Manoj Mohanka
  • Amit Chowdhury
  • Ms. Sujata Sen
  • Ms. Ina Puri

Mr. Saroj Kumar Banerjee

Vice President
Mr. Prabir Mitra

Chief Secretary
Mr. Susanta Kumar Saha

Joint Organizing Secretaries
Mr. Samik Kumar Saha
Mr. Dulal Chandra Seal

Dr. Amit Ghose


Keynote Address
By Shri Jawhar Sircar (CEO Prasar Bharati)

Padmabhushan Girija Devi

The Exhibition of Art
(Courtesy Akar Prakar & The Seagull Foundation for the Arts)

On the occasion of the eminent artist K.G. Subramanayn's 90th birthday Sakshi Gallery and The Seagull Foundation for the Arts are proud to exhibit War of Relics a magnificent mural in acrylic on canvas measuring 36 x 9 feet  as a backdrop to Smt Girija Devi's vocal recital. (Courtesy Naveen Kishore)

Proceeds of Art would go towards donation for ASHT

Conceptualised by
Ina Puri

In association with
The Telegraph

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