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Gurusday Museum has been established in the memory of Shri Gurusday Dutt for his untiring work of keeping alive the folk art of Bengal. It is an art and craft museum that has products from remote parts of the state. The collection includes more than 300 artifacts of deities, masks, musical instruments, textiles, woodwork, archaeological objects and paintings. This museum was opened because of the recommendation of his son, Birendrasaday Dutt. The then stalwarts such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, Dr Rabindranath Tagore and many more were of the opinion that without the energy and enthusiasm of Shri Gurusday Dutt, our ancient culture could not have been preserved. It was he who gave momentum to the Neo-Bengal School of Art.
Perched along the banks of the tranquil Hooghly river is an erstwhile French Colony established in 1673, after being granted permission by the then Nawab of Bengal. One of the first trading posts in India, Chandannagar (formerly, Chandernagore) is a quintessential pocket north of Kolkata, which bears a plethora of vestiges of the country's colonial past. Even though this dainty town has brushed off most of its history, remnants of its colonial epoch still linger along the delightful pastel facades, antiquated French Maisons, and even the archetypal, three-wheeled rickshaw carts. Strewn across its dainty expanse are traces of profound Indo-French structures, an architectural style akin to the one found in Puducherry's French Colony. The town boasts a host of structures that have braved war-torn times, sustaining their historical allure - like the winsome, cream-colored Dupleix Palace which is now an expansive museum, centuries-old Sacred Heart Church and Patal Bari (Underground House), the lowest floor of which is submerged in River Ganges. Patal Bari's wooden sunshades and ornamental water outlets have played host to the likes of Rabindranath Tagore. The French Cemetery is another iconic relic bearing 150 tombs, one of which is the tomb of Duplessis, who was the founding father of French Chandernagore. Albeit dotted with motley monuments and religious temples, the Strand is primarily dominated by the Durgacharan Rakshit Ghat, an ornate, pastel-pink pavilion, complete with elegant columns and stucco work. A stroll along this riverside promenade promises quite a peaceful and enriching experience.