OYO Townhouse Meetup Kolkata by ig_calcutta

OYO Townhouse Meet-up Kolkata by Calcutta Instagrammers happened on 9th June 2019 Sunday.


Venue was OYO Townhouse 095 Park Circus

OYO Town House experience with Calcutta Instagrammers. This was great fun interactive session followed by photography competition.
You can check hashtag #PerfectSpaceInEveryPlace that was used on the social media (Instagram)

Courtesy – @ig_calcutta

About OYO Townhouse 095 Park Circus:

OYO Town House is built on 6 layers of innovation being: Smarter Rooms, Smarter Spaces, Smarter Menus, Smarter Buildings, Smarter Service, Smarter Locations. OTH 95 Park Circus being in a posh locality is in close proximity to the ever happening Park Street and various other hangouts thus ensuring a place to relax whether you are a business or a leisure traveller.  

Holi festival in Kolkata 2019

While writing this blog post holi already started in Vrindavan, a holy town in Uttar Pradesh( Mathura, Biraj, Nandgaon and Barsana). So that feeling already in air. Also World finest holi celebrated there, it’s like a Durga Puja festival of Kolkata, it’s much more than just a festival.

I tried to focus and documenting as many holi as I can so that you can find different flavour of around the world holi festivals. The best part of kolkata is that you can find different style or kind of holi or basanta utsav and dol ustad/jatra whatever you called. So always surprised what city of joy offers itself.

The most famous festival or first festival start before holi here is Basanta Utsav of Jorasanko Thakurbari Kolkata. But unfortunately because of popularity and huge crowd this festival closed form last year 2018. Only celebration happening only another campus of Rabindra Bharati University or RBU B.T Road Campus.

Here the glimpse of celebration looks like

Here the list of Holi celebration or festival you must visit in your lifetime.


Where: Rabindra Bharati University (RBU)

Address:  RBU B.T Road Campus

Google Map Link: Click here

Date:   18th March 2019 (Monday)

Time:   12 pm onwards

Speciality:  Basanta Utsav Celebration Shantiniketan Style


Where: Sawaria Seth Mandir Rajakatra Kolkata

Address:  Rajakatra, Bara Bazar (nearby M.G Road)

Google Map Link: Click here

Date:   21st March 2019 (Thursday)

Time:   9 am – 6 pm

Speciality:  Barsana/Vrindavan Style Holi Celebration

Closed:  From 2018 this private mandir not allowed for photography and videography due to huge crowd at 2017 year.

Note: But as a spectator and for experience you can visit this place.


Where: Sri Sri Iswar Satyanarayanjee

Popularity knows as photography community Rolls Royce Holi

Address:  36, Mukharam Kanoria Rd, Gulmohar Railway Quarters, Mali Panchghara, Howrah, West Bengal 711101 (nearby Howrah Sation)

Google Map Link: Click here

Date:   19th March 2019 (Tuesday)

Time:   11 am – 7 pm

Speciality:  Rolls Royce procession – Howrah Bridge to Bara Bazar Market lane

New Edition : Flower Holi Celebration on 21st March 2019 (7 am) at Burrabazar Sri Sri Iswar Satyanarayanjee Mandir


Where: Lighthouse for the Blind

Popularity knows as photography community Phool Dol Festival by Sarodiya

Address:  LIGHT HOUSE FOR THE BLIND 174, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Road, Beside Rashbehari CESC, Near; Tollygunge Police StationKolkata, West Bengal – 700026. (nearby Kalighat Metro Sation)

Google Map Link: Click here

Date:   20th March 2019 (Wednesday)

Time:   3 pm onwards

Speciality:  Flower holi celebration by special children of Lighthouse for the Blind School


Where: Golf Green Basanta Utsav

Address:  Golf Green Central Park Kolkata

Google Map Link: Click here

Date:   21st March 2019 (Thursday)

Time:   6 am onwards

Speciality:  Basanta Utsav Celebration Shaniniktan flabour


Where: Nandan (Basanta Utsav)

Address:  Ektara Mancha Udyan

1/1, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Rd, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020 (nearby Rabindra Sadan Metro Station)

Google Map Link: Click here

Date:   17th March 2019 (Sunday)

Time:   3 pm onwards


Befor Corona 2020 Holi

Where: Water Color Holi / RAW Holi

Address:  Sudder Street (Near Indian Museum)

Google Map Link: Click here

Date:   21st March 2019 (Thursday)

Time:   8:30 am onwards

Speciality:  Street Style Holi with water colors

Addition – Mayfair Road, Chowringhee and Burrabazar area also playing holi on 21st March 10 am onwards

2019 Special


What: Sangbedan Onno Basanta Utsav Procession

Address:  Shyam Square, Bidhan Sarani, Baghbazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700003 (nearby Shyambazar Metro Station)

Google Map Link: Click here

Date:   17th March 2019 (Sunday)

Time:   2 pm onwards

Speciality:  Procession Golfgreen Style vive

Special Mention


Where: Shantiniketan

Address:  Bolpur, Shantiniketan

Google Map Link: Click here

Date:   21st March 2019 (Thursday)

Time:   Early Morning

I will add more location to this list, till then enjoy. Also if you know some places let me know so that I can add to this list.

KIPF – Kolkata International Photography Festival 2019

On this rainy evening of 27th February 2019, Wednesday at Indian Museum Kolkata inaugurated KIPF – Kolkata International Photography Festival 2019. Due to unexpected sudden rain main opening area shift to indoor area. We miss grand courtyard of Indian Museum.

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About KIPF

Kolkata, with her rich history of art, culture, politics and persona has been a photographer’s Mecca not for decades, but two whole centuries. Myriads of lensmen around the world have been drawn to this city for its heady mix of tradition and expression.

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Kolkata is all set to house the largest repertoire of works from the heart of Europe to the end of Africa at the Kolkata International Photography Festival 2019 to celebrate the entire photographic community in its whole – the amateurs, the enthusiasts, the professionals, the critiques – to represent photography as an art form.

Raghu Rai – YOGI of Photography

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For the first time ever,under the aegis of Maya Arts studio, this 7 day festival shall bear witness to the works of the world’s greatest masters –some never-seen-before photographs celebrating Kolkata and its craft of visual storytelling.

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This festival Directors or ideation or curated or organised by Madhuchhanda Sen and Kounteya Sinha with help of respective and eminent personalities.

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Photo Courtesy : Chaitali Banerjee
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Photo Courtesy : Manojit Mitra

Starting KIPF from 28th february to 6th March 2019. See you at this Asia’s Maha Kumbh of Photography.

Krishna Reddy’s exhibition at Experimenter Kolkata

Opening Preview of Krishna Reddy, To a New Form

Date – 18 Jan – 31 Mar

Where – Experimenter – Hindustan Road (near by gariahat more)

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Experimenter presents To A New Form, a solo by the late Indian master printmaker and sculptor, Krishna Reddy (1925 – 2018). Reflecting on a continuous exploration of form that fed into a practice of over seven decades, the exhibition will show rare drawings, zinc and copper etching plates and corresponding prints. Keeping impression-making at the core of his discipline, the exhibition draws attention to Reddy’s pursuit in new ways of seeing his environment and an immersive lifelong practice of drawing and activating the sculptural surfaces of his metal etching plates.

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Krishna Reddy drew from a plethora of experiences and was inspired by several divergent conceptual ideas to develop his own language. In the process, he used drawing as an almost obsessive practice that in turn significantly informed and structured his work, but rarely showed his drawing practice alongside. The exhibition threads a deep connection between Reddy’s drawing, printmaking and sculptural practice. Initially trained in Tagore’s Santiniketan under the tutelage of the influential Ramkinkar Baij and Nandalal Bose, whose guidance would be significant throughout Reddy’s career. In 1949 he moved to London studying sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art in Henry Moore’s class. Thereafter, he spent over two decades in Paris, first at the studio of Ossip Zadkine and then eventually directing Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17, which was at the time, a thriving hub for stalwarts like Joan Miro, Constantin Brancusi, Pablo Picasso, and Alberto Giacometti, with all of whom Reddy closely worked. At Atelier 17, he developed and invented the process that he is most well known for – simultaneous multicolor viscosity printing, and broke new ground in intaglio printmaking. In the cafes of Montparnasse, Reddy would discuss how the spiritualism he had learned from his first teacher, the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti, had blended with European modernism. Underpinning his ideas was a technical knowhow that produced several innovations in the medium Reddy made his own. Reddy’s studio practice was spent in developing and mastering the technique of multicolor viscosity printing and in the process he experimented with form, technique and application.

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On view at the exhibition is a series of Reddy’s well known work The Great Clown, which truly elaborates the mastery of his technique. Combinations of colors were separately applied to the same metal printing etching plate, each paint mixed to a different thickness with linseed oil so that it did not contaminate the others and resulted in a spectacular range of unique prints, each different from the other. An overwhelming array of studies and drawings take center stage at the exhibition, rooting the practice to repeatedly looking at human form, nature and the relationship between the two, an interest which was developed since his early years in Santiniketan. At another section of the gallery, a selection of early prints are on display alongside corresponding etching plates, revealing how the sculptural deeply engraved surfaces of his plates birthed his prints that were as dimensional as they were resplendent.

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In 1976 Reddy moved from Paris to New York. Thereafter, establishing the Color Print Atelier, Reddy became director of graphics and printmaking in the Art Department at New York University, a position he held until 2002. Pedagogy was a way of life for Reddy, his studio, lined with hundreds of tools and piled high with printing plates, became a haven for young artists from all round the world, especially those new to the USA. Over the years Reddy’s influence on generations of artists, some of whom were his students, left an indelible impression. Nature particularly fascinated Reddy. Butterflies, trees, waves, spiders’ webs and blossoms were frequent subjects, depicted in dream-like compositions that took their references from abstraction and surrealism. As he constantly pushed the boundaries that were not only confined to the formal process of printmaking but a revolutionary way of looking at his environment, Reddy found sanctuary in experimentation with sculpting, printmaking and drawing in a lifelong pursuit to understand form.