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Murshidabad: Forgotten Capital of Bengal / Das, Neeta & Llewellyn-Jones, Rosie (Eds.)
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Murshidabad: Forgotten Capital of Bengal
Das, Neeta & Llewellyn-Jones, Rosie (Eds.)
 
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  Book ID : 42401
  ISBN-10 : 81-921106-9-9 / 8192110699
  ISBN-13 : 978-81-921106-9-1 / 9788192110691
  Place of Publication : Mumbai
  Year of Publication : 2013
  Edition : (First Edition)
  Language : English
  136p., 132 Illus., Gloss., Bib., Index, 31x24 cm. (Volume 65 Number 2, December 2013)
   
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CONTENTS:-

Murshidabad Maps: District and City

Introduction: “The City” on the Bhagirathi                                                              
Rosie Llewellyn-Jones

People
The Nawabs and Their Changing Fortunes              
Rosie Llewellyn-Jones

From Merchant-Banking to Zamindari – Jains in 18th- and 19th-century Murshidabad
Rajib Doogar

Places
Murshidabad’s Palaces, Rajbaris and Mansions                                   
Rosie Llewellyn-Jones

Religious Buildings of Murshidabad                                 
Neeta Das

Arts and Crafts
Textiles of Murshidabad                                  
Jasleen Dhamija

Murshidabad Painting 1750­–1820                            
J.P. Losty

The Mystery of Tulsiram’s Durga and Ivory-Carving of Murshidabad
Pratapaditya Pal

Conclusion: Murshidabad Today                    
Neeta Das

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Very little has been published on Murshidabad, the last independent capital of Bengal, while the British capital of Calcutta has been the subject of numerous books. Murshidabad was a place of great importance in the first half of the 18th century. The wealth of its nawabs was fabled and the region produced luxury goods which first attracted European trading companies. Murshidabad at its peak was extravagantly compared to London for its bustling trade, fine buildings and numbers  of merchants.  Its position, on the Baigarathi river made it an ideal trading post, when the majority of goods moved by water.

Although by the mid-18th century political power had left Murshidabad, this did not slow down the building of even more extravagant palaces, the most recent of which is the 'New Palace' of 1904. The old palaces were not demolished, they were simply vacated. Descendants of the Nawabs still live here, although in reduced circumstances.

This book presents a lively account of Murshidabad's fluctuating fortunes, the lives of its residents - the nawabs and the British, the Jain merchants and bankers - down to the present day, and brings to light the region's manifold splendours, from architecture to painting, textiles and crafts. It is hoped this publication will draw more travellers to explore its varied attractions.

Neeta Das is a visiting faculty member at CEPT, Ahmedabad. Based in Kolkata, she is involved in conservation practice, research and writing.
Rosie Llewellyn-Jones has a PhD on the nawabi architecture of Lucknow. She has written extensively on the city and her major biography of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah is forthcoming. She is a guest lecturer in India for Martin Randall Travel.

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