The Messbari Project aims to create a tangible, open access record of old boarding houses in Kolkata, India. A 2-month pilot survey will start in January 2019 to initiate the creation of this database.

The Messbari Project is supervised and funded by Heritage Walk Calcutta. We welcome additional governmental and non-governmental funding interests for the long-term functioning of the project. 

Contact: Please feel free to email heritagewalkcalcutta@gmail.com for any queries related to the project.

Project Interns

Barshana Basu

MA History (first year) | Jadavpur University

Barshana completed her graduation from Jadavpur University and is currently pursuing her Masters in History from the same. Her areas of interest include the sociopolitical and cultural history of Kolkata in the colonial and post-colonial period, its built spaces, and migrant communities. She also harbours a strong penchant for Gender Studies. She’s a Citizen Historian with the 1947 Partition Archive. If not buried under a pile of books, she’s most likely to be found loitering around the labyrinthine alleyways of Kolkata, clicking pictures of odd edifices.

Anmol Grover

MSc Sustainable Building Conservation | Cardiff University

After her stint as an intern during her B.Arch studies, Anmol resolved to steer clear of commercial architecture and chose to couple her interest in history with her passion for built heritage to pursue an MSc in Sustainable Building Conservation from Cardiff University, UK. As a fresh graduate, she plans to initially involve herself in projects aiming to create heritage awareness as she believes that that is something India still lacks. She hopes to build her way up towards starting a Conservation based firm of her own and also looks forward to teaching the subject at architecture schools across India.​

Dipanwita Paul

BA English Literature (second year) | Jadavpur University

Dipanwita is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Jadavpur University. She is a queer feminist activist, working closely with the survivors of gender, sexual, sexuality and class-based violence. She is a member of a student-driven forum fighting against sexual harassment in educational institutions and workplaces around the world. She is a freelance content writer, likes to dabble in poetry and singing from time to time and hopes to topple patriarchy very soon.