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Yajnaseni Chakraborty

Veteran journalist and writer

Why is Bishnupur not a UNESCO World Heritage site yet?

Experts are of the view that the sheer diversity of Bishnupur’s art and culture makes it worthy of the world heritage tag

India through its festivals, known and unknown

His labour of love has taught Sajal Ghosh a thing or two about communities and cultures in India

Reviving the Bengali kirtan, the music of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

A young musical scholar is on a mission to repopularise an ancient Bengali musical form

This Poila Baisakh, take a trip back to Sky Room and Blue Fox

A new restaurant is reviving the signature dishes of two of the city’s most famous restaurants

On Autism Awareness Day, a range of products crafted by some special people...

A city NGO is marketing a range of lifestyle accessories created entirely by the differently abled

Meet Kolkata’s home chefs, a growing tribe

From cooking only for their families to cooking for strangers, a silent revolution has begun

Jogesh Dutta and his silent, universal art

A profile of India’s foremost mime artist

On Women’s Day, here’s a woman who speaks for men’s rights

How a men’s forum led by a woman is trying to change perceptions

On World Wildlife Day, make a pledge to save the Sundarbans

Four protected areas in the Sundarbans are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Subhas vs Prof Oaten, an encounter that changed two lives

What happened to E.F. Oaten, the assault on whom caused Subhas Bose to be expelled from Presidency College?

When children become weapons for parents

Parental Alienation Syndrome is set to become an epidemic

Subhas and Emilie: The love that time forgot

Owing to German laws which made it difficult to marry foreigners, Emilie and Subhas married in secret

Our politicians lie to us, because we don’t care

By the time an allegation is proved to be a lie, nobody really cares about the truth

The Indian tricolour, and the myths behind it

The most widely circulated myth about our flag is that it is based on an idea put forth by Pingali Venkayya

The larger than life aura, Netaji’s enduring legacy

The hero worship has transcended what numerous scholars have called a troubled legacy

Kolkata Partition Museum, a dream awaiting realisation

A scholar’s ambitious project takes a step forward with a full-fledged art exhibition

Bibhuti Bhushan’s legacy under threat, family seeks help

The house is in imminent danger of collapse, thanks to large-scale construction work

Remembering Chuni Goswami on his birthday

Way back in 1962, an Indian team led by a young Bengali pulled off a miracle

Is the OTT boom passing Bengal by?

Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney Hotstar have been around in the Indian market since 2016-17

Kolkata’s ‘Boi Para’ looks to online sales on road to recovery

Reeling from the twin blows of Covid and Amphan, the Bengali publishing industry is on an uphill journey

Why are so many of us in COVID denial?

Despite all the warnings and evidence, too many of us are ignoring the dangers of COVID

Low notes: How 2021 will treat our music industry

The ‘Covid year’ was a disaster, but will 2021 bring any cheer to the music industry?

Will the new year revive Kolkata’s beloved Cricket League?

Bengal has already hosted a successful T20 challenge earlier in 2020

LOOK BACK: Date with Death- Bengali millionaire Steve Banerjee and his doom...

Revisiting the life of entrepreneur Steve Banerjee, perhaps the most infamous Bengali immigrant in the United States

Manoj Guha, the man who put Bengal on the world badminton map

As India prepares to join the Olympic badminton qualifiers race, we look back to a forgotten era

Kolkata Police Museum, a mirror of the city’s growth

How the Kolkata Police Museum on Ripon Street gives you a history of the city as a whole, in a handsome nutshell

On Vijay Diwas, remembering the man who gave Bangla its identity

Vijay Diwas is observed in both India and Bangladesh, and a new book tries to reevaluate the man who led the charge

Success story: Bangladesh’s textile exports, second only to China

How has Bangladesh turned its textile industry into a global case study?

Somebody else’s war: Indian soldiers in World War I

On Armed Forces Flag Day, we look back at Indians, particularly Bengalis, in the first great war

Save a tree, it’s the only way you can stay alive

A citizens’ initiative shows how ordinary people can help in the restoration of apparently ‘dead’ trees

Jagannath Sadak, the once holy route from Calcutta to Puri

Once the only route from Calcutta to Puri, Jagannath Sadak is an integral part of Bengal and Odisha

Khudiram Bose, a name that still defines martyrdom

On his 132nd birthday, a tribute to the boy who fired a nation’s imagination

The citizen heritage keepers of Kolkata

Since 1984, INTACH has been fighting to restore and conserve Kolkata and Bengal’s priceless history

Bengal Home Industries seeks to revive glory days

India’s oldest heritage NGO is seeking new pastures

A museum that keeps the truth of 1971 alive

What makes Dhaka's Muktijuddho Museum unique

Farewell, Feluda

Bidding adieu to Bengali cinema's most versatile actor ever

Without Calcutta Police, there may have been no BOSE speakers!

How a fortuitous arrest in 1920 led to the establishment of one of the world’s best known audio equipment brands

Purity first: Bangladesh's attempts to rediscover Nazrul

A concerted effort by a group of prominent Bangladeshi singers

Taking Bengal’s ‘dhaak’ beyond the Puja pandal

Inspired by tabla maestro Tanmoy Bose, Gokul Chandra Das is not merely bringing the dhaak into the musical mainstream, but inspiring others in turn

Double Death: When Lalbazar's source network brought a vengeful housewife t...

Trapped in a joyless marriage, a wealthy housewife planned the ultimate revenge on her husband

With Kishore Bhimani and Pradip Ghosh, Kolkata loses two more gems

They belonged to different professions, but Bhimani and Ghosh also had a few things in common

Even before Scotland Yard, Calcutta had the world's first fingerprint burea...

A British Inspector General and two Bengali sub-inspectors will forever be remembered as the pioneers who established fingerprinting as a science

Serial horror, Bengal's Chainman killer

An account of the serial killer known as Chainman, who terrorised women in two Bengal districts for six years

A group of citizens fight to retain and revive Kolkata's beloved trams

Trams are among the very few non-polluting modes of public transport in the world

When a cigarette butt helped nail a murderer

Who had killed a wealthy Kolkata businessman, but smoked a cigarette before doing it?

A fruit from Mexico is changing lives in Bengal

An exotic fruit from Central America is helping farmers earn a handsome profit in many parts of the state

How Kolkata Police got its Detective Department

Nearly 150 years ago, the murder of a young woman gave Kolkata, and India, their first specialised crime fighting unit

Sharbari Dutta, the woman who made Indian menswear fashionable

From Sachin Tendulkar to M.F. Husain, Sharbari Dutta made Indian men look good

Celebrating Tutu-Bhutu, and the genius of Dhiren Bal

Beloved Bengali children's classic 'Tutu-Bhutu' turned 60 recently

From ‘Rosuner Payesh’ to ‘Ilisher Ullash’, lost recipes find a new ...

Two Kolkatans have embarked on a culinary and cultural journey to archive and popularise lost and rare recipes

Unreleased Uttam, the films that weren’t meant to be

Unreleased Uttam, the films we never saw

Pranab Mukherjee is no more

The son of Bengal who held India's highest office

Bhanu Bandyopadhyay, the comic genius wanted by police!

Born on this day exactly a century ago, Bhanu Bandyopadhyay was much more than just a comedic legend

Online concerts: Here to stay?

The Covid crisis has forced performing artistes to devise ways to get their art across to audiences online, but are we ready for it yet?

The man who wrote down Bengal's first ghost stories, in English!

The Rev. Lal Behari Dey was a preacher and professor. But he was also a boy who never forgot the stories heard in childhood

Rewriting history: how the East India Company is still in business

Once responsible for furthering Britain's colonising dreams, the East India Company was dissolved in 1874. Or so we thought.

How a rugby trophy was named after the City of Joy

Rugby may not be a sport familiar to Indians, but one of its most venerable trophies ought to be

The earliest Bengali prose in print, with a touch of Portugal

Way back in the 17th century, the Portuguese became the first people to print Bangla prose. Here’s how

Remembering the pioneers of Bangla television

In DD Bangla’s 45th year, some of Bangla television’s best known faces re-visit the day it all began

The men who made way for Bengali women in sports

The names of Nilmoni Das and Janki Das may be forgotten today, yet they played a critical role in drawing Bengali women to the sporting arena

When Japan bombed Kolkata, and Nagasaki became an ‘accidental victim’

Hiroshima and Nagasaki were part of the Allied plan to make Japan suffer for its attack on Allied territories in Asia

Tollywood’s pioneering ‘American’ connection!

Long before Bollywood was even thought of, Hollywood came to India via Tollywood. How? Read on to find out

Date with Death: Bengali millionaire Steve Banerjee and his doomed American...

Revisiting the life of entrepreneur Steve Banerjee, perhaps the most infamous Bengali immigrant in the United States

Childless by choice, a growing movement

On International Childfree Day, we explore the Kolkata connection

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