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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Photos Of Princess Uttara of Cooch Behar & Maharani of Kota

Uttara Devi seen talking to her ladies party guests,at her palace at Kota, Behind her in pink lehenga her D-in-lawKalpana

 She is the last living member of ruling ancient Narayana dynasty of Cooch Behar.It will be much unfortunate that after her the direct linkage with the dynasty,will be extinct. Daughter of prince Indrajitendra Narayan ; and princess Kamala of Pithapuram.She is the present Rani Sahiba of Kota, Rajasthan, w/o multifaceted human Maharaja Brijraj Sing  of Kota.
Newly wedded Uttara,Princess of Cooch Behar

Maharaja Brijraj Sing and Maharani Uttara Devi

In grihaprabesh ceremony at Kota

Seen greeting the invitees of her ladies party on the eve of Navarati festival 2013, at Kota,with her daughter-in law Kalpanadevi

In her teens

Friday, October 18, 2013

Princess Uttara,The Last of Cooch Behar Royals

The last of direct family member of 'the great Narayana dynasty, who ruled  the erstwhile kingdom of Cooch Behar Princess Uttara., Daughter of prince IndrajitendraNarayan and Rani Kamala,elder sister of last crowned king Virajendra Narayan.Now Maharani of Kota, Rajasthan.Seen talking with guests, at her ladies tea party on the eve of Navaratri festivals,at Kota.
In her teens

An erudite royal lady, done her graduation with a specialty in English literature. Wife of a multifaceted, historian, actually a very big man Maharaja. B. R. Sing of Kota.She is the last surviving person in the world who can claim the COB palace of her own. Pray to Madan Mohan for a long, healthy, peaceful life of her.

Nirupam Ghosh
Cooch Behar

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Birth of North Bengal State Transport Corporation

Jagaddipendra Narayan
King of Cooch Behar
The founder of North Bengal State Transport Corporation;one of the oldest of its kind in India, and the oldest in Bengal (pre independence). In a bright sunny first April in 1945,the war ravaged world saw the
Birth of "Cooch Behar State Transport" todays North Bengal State Transport Corporation.
His highness Lt.Col.Jaggadipendra Narayan,inaugurated 'Cooch Behar State Transport' before council house, under the statue of King Nripendra Narayan. On the north bank of Sagar die .It was just after world war- ll, Maharaja was in full military uniform.Among others L.M Boxi  I.A.S. Mr. H.M. Alexander Engg., Kali Banerjee Engg, were present. Maharaja flagged off two busses one to Tufangunj another towards Pundi Bari. This modest beginning, rose like almost a massive banyan tree in socioeconomic and cultural life of North Bengal, especially in Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Malda and both Dinajpur. Not mere a transport organization, transporting people; but deeply rooted and interwoven with the life of its commuters.
Congratulation from Maharaja, on 20th
Anniversary of NBSTC
Maharaja wrote' I had the pleasure of inaugurating the Cooch Behar State Transport service in 1945...........' Nevertheless the state governments done many to its glory. Sure enough  the 2nd oldest transport,to Nizam transport (1936)\ in India, though technically it is the oldest, because Nizam acceded in 1960, Cooch Behar in 1947. Shall continue to roll it's peoples wheel with a royal touch in full speed in coming generations. Whatever odds may come to its path? Shall be rolled strip.................................

Saturday, May 4, 2013

My Homage to Gurudev Tagore

My humble tribute to 'Rabi Thaur' the magical phenomena which is guiding and nurturing Bengali life from birth to death since last 150 years.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mohanta -Elokeshi scandal of late 19th century

The Mohanta-Elokeshi scandal was a much talked,greatly publicized matter in that era of 1870s in calcutta.
In the absence of cameras and tv the Kalighat pottery painters filled the gap. with their masterful exibition of arts and crafts on earthen pots,depicting the whole story.
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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Ami apon koriya chahini tobu Tumi to apon hoyechho

This  immortal sensitive song was sung by Asha Bhosle for film ;Megh Kalo'.Which was incredibly lipped and blossomed the underlying feeling of  sense of loosing something which was craved for,but the fate and social prohibitions disallowing her to embrace it, by one and only "Suchitra Sen" the Greta Garbo of Bengali cinema.Don't forget the splendid performance of her co-star  "Basanta Chowdhury".

This is my one of favorite song hope you will enjoy it,   source of the song-YouTube.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Royal Elephants of Cooch Behar Raj

 Cooch Behar Raj family always had a very strong herd of royal elephants in royal stables(pilkhana).The area at cooch behar town still known as pilkhana, this days here lives humans with their ever lasting cry for home,food and land.The herd at any instance was over seventy or eighty. Mostly during hey days of Cooch behar Raj, the times of the most famous king of the dynasty H.R.H. Col. Nripendra Narayan. 'Debraj' was the biggest of them.more than ten feet in height, semi albino with long tusks,the intelligent bull was perfectly trained to carry  Maharaja on it's back.Debraj had total control of the herd.He was the most efficient and trustworthy companion for Maharaja, in every Sikar (shooting) expeditions of  the king  himself and with his colonial lords and friends. There were many other very good quality elephants of both bulls and cows in the pilkhana,having interesting names such as Ratan Prasad, Bhup Bahadur,Nur Zehan,Sikunder,Kamakhya Prasad,Debraj,Jung Prasad, BijliPrasad, Indrajit,Sagarika,Ganesh,Meghnad, Kamalini,Rung Prasad, BirBahadur, Kennedy, Jung bahadur etc. 
Ratan persad

Kennedy was a young mischievous elephant,the king loved him for his excellent sikar skills, one day at Parokata near Barobhisa,kennedy fell into quick sand when returning to the camp;after a tiresome full day sikar.The mahaout of kennedy forced a short cut to camp crossing a suspicious bed of a dead stream.Kennedy understood the danger and was extreamely un willing to walk through it.But the dull mahout forced the beast such a manner, that kennedy put forward his legs and found himself engulfed up to thigh in quicksand immediately.So the evening concert of forest came to an uneasy halt,as the hapless beast begaun his extreme may day call to his master.Getting this news the king. rushed to the spot with all his men and other experienced elephants at once.Finding his master there kennedy stopped trumpetting, but his eyes beguan toflow heavy tears till rescue.The king  then prayed to goddess kamakhya for the life his loving beast,also promised to erect a temple to her name,if so.Kennedy was saved to full safety:king kept his promise.Proably this was the story behind the name of  todays township 'Kamakhya Guri' 
The Robust Nepalease fighting
Elephant  'Jung Persad'
Some gorgeous tuskers of Nripendra Narayan's herd

The 'Ganesh'
9ft 9inch tall 'Meghnad'

Another Durbar elephant

Another Nepalease fighting elephant.

Nirupam Ghosh
Cooch Behar
The 10ft 4inch tall 'Debraj'

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Some rare pictures of King Nripendra Narayan's sikar(shooting) camps

 To the peoples of Cooch  Behar and to the peoples interested in this erstwhile koch kingdom's history also to the future students of Cooch Behar history. This is my humble presentation towards them.I would appreciate and love to hear your impressions and comments to-nghosh62@gmail.com or to +919475832445.  If you like these? I will be encouraged to post more and more about Cooch Behar. Thanks. Nirupam Ghosh:Cooch Behar