For about a third of the year, Avantika and I call Calcutta our home. I have tried many times to explain to my friends and family back in the States what Calcutta is like. The city houses such a diversity and activity, I find it difficult to grasp on to a core idea from which to explain the place. And I am not sure any one person can.
Fortunately, in this age of social media I do not have to rely on my own descriptive faculties. Many of Calcutta's citizens host active Instagram accounts. When taken individually, each account provides only a tantalizing snapshot of the city. When taken together however, you start to feel like you wandering the streets of this dynamic place we call home.
Below are Mana Organics' Top 8 Instagram Accounts of Calcutta. We hope that by exploring their photos, you can feel like you are walking through the gullies of Calcutta with us.
Ritwick is a medical student based in Calcutta. His Instagram account focuses on the citizens of Calcutta out and about in the city. It's a great account for feeling like you are actually meeting the people of the city.
Mayukh Ranjan Das
Awesome photos of daily life in West Bengal.
This Instagram focuses on religious festivals.
Photos from all over India, but especially Calcutta. Great photos of festivals in Calcutta.
A top photographer in India. Has had his work featured in National Geographic.
Gives you a sense of the city-space.
Another great account for people. Scroll a little way down to see the Sadhus.
The Calcutta Houses
Dedicated to the failing architectural paradise of Calcutta past, and its renewal. One of our favorite instagram accounts to follow.