Serge Bouvet is a french professional photographer based in Paris.
Only four days in Kolkata
I stayed four days in Calcutta. I should have stayed longer there. I was agreeably surprised by the ‘City of Joy’. The city continues to inspire poets, writers and some photographer like me all over the world. Every street, every house, every person is a discovery. It’s a treasure for eyes and soul. Photos & text: Serge Bouvet.
If anyone mentions Kolkata, the first place that comes to the mind is Howrah Bridge. While visiting Kolkata, Howrah Bridge, like Eiffel Tower or Liberty Enlightening the World, tops the list of places to see in the City of Joy. This Bridge attracts my eyes for numerous reasons.
Kumartuli, the world’s largest market of Durga-puja…
Think you know everything about Kolkata? You have to visit the famous spot of Kumartuli. Kumartuli is a traditionally potters’ quarter in in Ward №9 of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, mostly between the Hooghly River and Rabindra Sarani. By virtue of their artistic productions these potters have moved from obscurity to prominence. This Kolkata neighbourhood, not only supplies clay idols of Hindu gods and goddesses to barowari pujas in Kolkata and its neighbourhoods, but a number of idols are exported.
Pilkhana is a slum in Kolkata. I discovered this slum when I was at Howrah Bridge. It is the slum the best-seller City of Joy has been written about. This famous novel was written by Dominique Lapierre and it was adapted into film by Roland Joffé in 1992. Kolkata is nicknamed as the City of Joy after this success of novel.