Kolkata Soundscapes

Old Kolkata Sounds

Calcutta in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth centuries thrived on a culture of print mercantilism. With the absence of recording technologies, print novels and poetry were taken to be realistic representations of sound cultures and analysed as documentary sources, rich in contemporary city sounds. This project aims at collecting a number of sources which accurately represent the various cultures of sound in the city and discover what makes them unique. Most of these representations, either memorial reconstructions or realistic representations through literature can be used to suggest the nature of sounds one may have experienced at Calcutta in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. The following are three excerpts with corresponding translations from famous literary works:    


কালীপ্রসন্ন সিংহ, হুতোম প্যাঁচার নকশা, ১৮৬২ (নির্বাচিত অংশ) 

Kaliprasanna Singha, Hutom Pyanchar Naksha, 1862  [Selections]


রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর, ছেলেবেলা, ১৯৪০ (নির্বাচিত অংশ)

Rabindranath Tagore, Chelebela (My Boyhood Days), 1940 [Selections]


অবনীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর, জোড়াসাঁকোর ধারে, ১৯৪১ (নির্বাচিত অংশ)

 Abanindranath Tagore, Jorasankor Dhare (Around Jorasanko), 1941 [Selections]