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Kolkata had witnessed phenomenal growth in the fields of commerce, industry, transport, health, education, amenities, public utilities, waterways, ports, literature, art and culture, which continues even today. Colonial development of Kolkata started in the 18th century with the construction of several buildings and it became the nerve centre of administration for Continental India. It was called the ‘city of palaces’ and was developed as second only to London, remnants of which are still quite visible even today. Several institutions were established in the early 19th century and further development occurred with the introduction of state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities.
Kolkata also sustained political events and calamities, e.g. partition of Bengal (1905), shifting of the capital (1911), Indian independence movement, air raids during World War II, great Bengal famine (1943), communal violence (1946), partition of India (1947) and, lastly, the creation of Bangladesh (1971), which led to a massive influx of refugees. Hardly any other city in the world had grown so rapidly and endured such enormous historical events.
Kolkata’s journey from a simple place of commerce to evolving into an administrative centre and eventually becoming a hub for Indian social, cultural, educational and literary development is quite unmatched. By virtue of its journey through various events, and accommodating its ever-increasing population and commuters, the Kolkata story truly becomes a ‘benchmark in urban vitality’.
This lecture series concentrates on historical development of Kolkata over the past three centuries, mainly focusing on its heritage of colonial civil engineering, with relevant lessons on sustainability that find their relevance even today with a vision for the future.
Please go to https://zoom.us/join and enter the corresponding Meeting ID: 831 4022 8956. The password is 202021 for all sessions.
Revisiting important Heritage Bridges of Kolkata
Partha is a post-graduate Civil and Structural Engineer and a Project Manager with more than 19 years of professional working experience in premier Civil Engineering Consultancy organisations. Partha worked in various facets of Civil and Structural Engineering and bridge design in particular; with extensive experience in structural analysis and design (including structural assessment) and design delivery on major infrastructure projects across India, UK, Australia and the Middle East.
Partha started his career as a trainee engineer and progressed to the level of a team leader, undertaking a number of roles which included managing projects and directing people and resources on different projects.
He has one international publication to his credit. As a Member of the ICE, he volunteers as the Graduate Coordinator of ICE Kolkata’s Local Association and contributes to promote civil engineering at local and national levels.
His interests include movie, music, reading and watching cricket.
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