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With the honor of being the 'first modern university' in India, University of Calcutta is one of the leading government aided institutions in the country. Established in 1857, during the British rule, each passing era adds to the glory and success story of this organization. Spread over 6 campuses, it enriches and educates thousands of students each academic year. A wide range of courses in diverse fields like Agriculture, Arts, Engineering and Law are offered here. The alumni roster includes Nobel prize winners Ronald Ross, Rabindra Nath Tagore, C.V.Raman and Amartya Sen, freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, prime ministers, vice presidents and the likes. The on-campus library boasts of a vast collection of books, research archives and other printed materials that are used by students, professors and researchers. The university furthers the all round development by actively involving students in performing arts, literature and extra-curricular activities. To visit or enroll in this reputed university, check the website or call ahead.
One of the biggest mosques in India, the Nakhoda Masjid, originally a lot smaller, is exemplary of the beautiful Indo-Saracenic school of architecture. The majestic red sandstone structure was constructed on the lines of Akbar's tomb in Agra, while its gateway is a replica of the famous Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri. The mosque holds weekly prayers in its spacious hall, welcoming a large numbers of devotees. During festivals, the mosque wonderfully dons neon lights and flowers and the whole area seems to take life. Governed by a board of trustees, the Nakhoda Masjid is a major tourist attractions in the city.
A pristine canopy sheathed in liberal swathes of white, the opulent Marble Palace is an embodiment of elegance and a beauty that transcends the very existence of space and time. A stunning relic of the 19th Century, the palace was built by Raja Rajendra Mullick, and is characterized by a tapestry of walls, flooring and sculptures which are brilliantly-clad in marble. Awash in spectacular semblances of Neoclassical architecture, the palace harbors several collections of western sculpture, artifacts and antique treasures such as clocks, urns and chandeliers, along with paintings by well-known artists such as John Opie, Titian and Murillo. Cloaked in unabashed grandeur, the magnificent interior of the palace spills into rolling, open courtyards which are much reminiscent of the Bengal which once was. Having been responsible for largely shaping the historic and cultural landscape of Kolkata, this timeless palace is adorned with jubilant fountains, glorious sculptures, a string of picturesque Corinthian columns, a serene lake, a rock garden and the Marble Palace Zoo, which shelters a troupe of delightful birds and animals like monkeys and diverse species of deer.
The Palladian Lounge at The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry has four state-of-the-art halls up for rent. The wooden flooring and minimalistic decor provide a great ambiance ideal for formal and informal events alike; be it business conferences, meetings, art exhibitions, recitals, parties and so on. The Lounge also offers its event planning services for venues other than their own.
The leading entertainment corporation, INOX forayed into the world of cinema theaters and introduced the concept of 'movie-watching' as an experience complete with luxury and comfort in India. The long booking lines were soon replaced with online booking and phone booking services and some outlets even offer home delivery of tickets. Simple chairs made way for plush reclining comfy and cozy chairs. You no longer have to queue up for samosas and soft-drinks, all you need to do is place an order and the staff will serve it to you. The Bollywood crazy Indians, that await every Friday for the new movies to release and eagerly book the tickets in advance, liked this new concept and it became an instant hit amongst the youngsters. It has nearly 29 multiplexes and 105 screens in 20 cities all over the nation. In West Bengal and Assam, it took over the famous brand '89 Cinemas'. Though taken over, locals still refer it as 89 Cinemas. This particular multiplex, located in Salt Lake city, is modern and suave as the other Inox cinemas. After watching a show, if you still want to continue having fun, there is direct entry from within to Swabhmui Shopping Complex. Apart from the regular dose of Hindi movies, it also screens regional movies and Hollywood flicks. So do catch the latest hit at 89 Cinema.