Kolkata heritage buildings to be illuminated

Kolkata, Nov.20: In a bid to attract tourists, authorities are planning to use colourful illumination to beautify major heritage buildings in Kolkata, including the famous Victoria Memorial.

The state tourism department has identified four heritage buildings – the Victoria Memorial Hall, Nakhoda Masjid, St Paul’s Church, and the Town Hall – for this.

The beautification drive will see authorities using musical LED lights and sound and light shows depicting historical events at these famous places to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of these buildings.

“Calcutta (old name of Kolkata) was the capital of India so a lot of heritage buildings is there, so the Calcutta Corporation demanding some rupees to set up the sound and music system in Victoria, Nakhoda Masjid and all. So we first felt (the need) and we sanctioned a sum of rupees to Calcutta Corporation,” said West Bengal Tourism Minister Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury

Kolkata is the principal commercial, cultural and educational hub of eastern India. Known for its revolutionary, literary and artistic heritage, it is also touted as the birthplace of modern Indian literary and artistic thought.

It houses many buildings designed with Indo-Islamic and Indo-Saracenic architectural motifs. Several well-maintained major buildings from the colonial period have been declared heritage structures. Others, however, are in various stages of decay. (ANI)