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Where to Find Creative Kolkata

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In the October 2013 issue, AFAR contributor Eric Weiner finds that creativity triumphs over disorder in Kolkata, India's most contradictory city. These experiences showcase the best of the city's artists and intellectuals, who constantly improvise their way through the commotion.
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Kolkata, West Bengal, India
No one gets moving too early in this scorching city, so you are likely to enjoy brunch (and occasionally dinner) at Bomti’s. A mainstay of the Kolkata intellectual community, Surajit “Bomti” Iyengar serves authentic Bengali meals in his elegant...
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35A, Sarat Bose Road, Opp Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020, India
The Basement presents dance music DJs and local bands, such as Samantak and Mates and the Nukkad Salsa Project, that play a wide range of original music, including reggae, rock, and soul. Karaoke nights, stand-up comedy acts, and art and...
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Metro Stn, 10, Middleton St, Near Maidan, Park Street area, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071, India
Tucked down a little lane in the Park Street neighborhood, Earthcare attracts your attention with a display of books outside the shop. Owner Vinita Mansata stocks an eclectic mix of Indian and foreign authors, with an emphasis on environmental and...
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2/1, Hindusthan Rd, Dover Terrace, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029, India
Experimenter plays a key role in an art scene that has more good artists than good galleries. In its spare, Zen-like space, the gallery promotes emerging and established artists from South Asia and hosts a range of films and exhibits, some with...