Kolkata ,the City of Joy has a story hidden in every corner .Today I am going to tell a very extraordinary story and the story is about the Antiques Collectors of Kolkata.They have everything and anything.
95 years Sushil Kumar Chatterjee famously known as Naku Babu,resides in Nalin Sarkar Street of North Kolkata. On the first floor of his house , there is a small room filled with his huge antique collection barely giving any space for more than two persons to stand inside it at a given point of time. .
“I started collecting stones when I was 10 years old , slowly I started collecting everything that used to have some sort of uniquness and then I had developed a fancy for old items” ,said Naku Babu.
From oldest cameras to bioscope, rare photographs to lanterns of all shapes and sizes is there in his room. I used to live with nature as nature plays a very important role in Human life ,he added.
“Please remember that in our country, the government failed to protect the Nobel Prize of Rabindranath Tagore then how the government will protect my things”.
Next comes Sunil Kumar Biswas who is also a collector,73-year old collects anything and everything .He has over 200 porcelain figurines, World Stamps to old camera and camera equipments.Biswas has a collection of rare lithographs along with saxophones and harmonium.
From masks, vases and letter-weighing machines to a 1936 Toyota that’s actually a lighter — there are reminders of lost worlds in Biswas’s collection. From masks, vases and letter-weighing machines to a 1936 Toyota that’s actually a lighter — there are reminders of lost worlds in Biswas’s collection.
I started collecting from late 70’s and the importance of collections is that you can recall a particular time or a period,” says 73 years old Sunil Kumar Biswas. 95 year old Chatterjee and 83 year old Biswas has also received award from Governor of West Bengal.
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