A fierce cyclone…

…hits Bengal — AMPHAN leaves trail of death and destruction across six districts…

watercolor urban sketchOver 300 trees were uprooted in the city of Kolkata. Cars and buses were crushed under falling trees…

cyclone leaves trail of destruction - sketch in watercolorThe mangled remains of a taxi as an uprooted tree fell on it…

watercolor sketch of devastation caused by a cycloneAn electrician belonging to the Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation trying to repair an electric pole. The cyclone caused power outages in many parts of the city…

watercolor sketch of worker repairing electric pole

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No Tap Water

So you sit by the roadside and wash your face with a mug of water…

watercolor urban sketch

A schoolgirl quenches her thirst from a roadside water pipe while her brother waits for his turn…

line and wash sketch of girl drinking water…and more of ‘No Tap Water’…

watercolor sketch of man drinking water

Sketching tools: Pencil, black gel pen and water colour

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Syambazar Five-Point Crossing

Information from Wikipedia:

Shyambazar is a neighbourhood of north Kolkata (erstwhile Calcutta) in the Indian state of West Bengal.

line and wash sketch of syambazar five point crossing

There was a big market in the area, which John Holwell called Charles Bazar. The present designation was conferred upon it by Sobharam Basak in honour of Shyam Rai (or Radha Gobinda / Krishna) the worshipped deity. The Basaks and the Setts were amongst the first to have settled in Sutanuti, after having cleared the jungles. Sobharam Basak was one of the wealthiest native inhabitants of 18th century Calcutta.

line and wash urban sketch

The statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose located at Syambazar five-point crossing was sculpted by Nagesh Yoglekar and was unveiled by the Calcutta Municipal Corporation in 1969. It is an equestrian statue that depicts Bose as seated on a horse with one leg up. Bose is seen wearing his military uniform.

Syambazar market is very crowded and it is the focal point of shopping in north Calcutta. Syambazar vies with the New Market and the Gariahat market as the most visited markets in Kolkata.

Inside the Syambazar market, near a shop that sells pickles and snacks…

urban sketching line and wash…and a shop that sells garments….

urban sketching line and wash

 

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