Three centuries ago it was a peaceful fishing village nestling on the eastern bank of the Hoogly River. Today, Calcutta is a thriving metropolis, a shining star of the Indian economy and a vibrant cultural melting pot which has produced literary giants like the Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore, spiritual leaders like Sri Aurobindo and film luminaries like Satyajit Ray.
In "Calcutta", Raghu Rai, India's most talented photographer, lends his creative genius to capturing the multiplicity of this city of paradoxes. From its shantytown slums to scenes of urban culture, from its bustling street scenes to its green Maidan, from its religious life to life on the Hoogly, the photographs in this album articulate them all magnificently in a series of evocative duotone prints. Here too is the Calcutta of Mother Teresa, which speaks of the trials and tribulations and the dauntless courage of the people of this city: indeed here, in this city of God, city of love the greatest of life's lessons can be learned. For despite all her shortcomings, Calcutta is a city which succeeds in remaining humane amidst her very inhumanity.
Size: 11 1/4 x 13 1/2"
Publisher: Time Books International (New Delhi, 1989)