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An Evening in Calcutta - III : This is the fourth image from this new series. In this shot you can see a scene from the New Market area where people are engaged in shopping just before the festive occasion of Eid -ul -Fitr.Here you can have a glimpse of part of its mammoth population.

Sometidbits about Calcutta and its name :

Calcutta was the name of the city founded by a Britisher Job Charnok, an agent of the East India Company chose this place for a British trade settlementin 1690. The site was carefully selected, being protected by the Hooghly River on the west, a creek to the north, and by salt lakes about two and a half miles to the east. There were three large villages along the east bank of the river Ganges, named, Sutanuti, Gobindapur and Kalikata. These three villages were bought by the British from the local land lords. The Mughal emperor granted East India Company freedom of trade in return for a yearly payment of 3,000 rupees.Calcutta grew up a big city of the Raj and was called the second capital of the British Empire and continued to be the Capital of British India till 1911, when the capital was shifted to New Delhi.

The city was later rechristened as Kolkata in 2001 from its original name of kalikata, which was one of the three villages in the 17th century Bengal on which the magacity was raised.Around 5 million people stay in this overcrowded city ,which was called The City of Joy by the famous author Dominiqe Lappiere.I hope this will answer many of Murat's(Mcmtanyel)queries about Calcutta,as I love to call it by its old name.

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