|Mansion in Dhanyakuria, W. bengal. Cafe Dissensus Everyday|
The name of the village is Dhanyakuria, about 30 km from Dum Dum Kolkata's Airport. This nondescript village is not known to the outsiders and it is a store-house of Bengal brand of hybrid architecture, a fusion of native - Indo-Islamic and English styles. What is so special about them? They were all built by several Zamindar families (landowning classes), belonging to different castes. The Sens, Lahas, Roys, Bhattacharyas and Gayens ruled the roost. The rich families during the colonial days held a strong grip on the villages owned by them and the people living there.
These rich landowning class built these palaces to showcase their, money power, pelf and sophistication during their heyday. These rich families later became traders and made a huge bundle and much of it in jute, jaggery, and rice. Each one of the building is a master piece that has survived the vagaries of nature and time and is still fairly taken care. Proving the transient nature of existence, the rich builders lost their sheen and money power, but their palaces stoically stand as spectators to their past glory and opulence. Their descendants own some of them and they find it difficult to maintain them as the cost is prohibitive. Positively, a visit to this place will make the visitors spell-bound as no other village n India has such an array of huge mansions of beauty and grandeur built in the colonial era.
It is a 3- hour drive to reach this place from Kolkata. One surprising fact is people who have been there say that most people living in the city and its surroundings have neither heard of the place nor about the huge mansions.
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One noticeable feature is some windows do have stained rich color glasses with nice designs. Unlike the Gayen Bari, this mansion is deserted and there is no semblance of human activities around.
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