The name of this town is possibly derived from the shape of the bank of the river Ganga which is bent like a half moon (chand in bengali). Another reason behind the name could be due the temple of Goddess 'Chandi' nearby.

The highlight of this town is the beautiful Strand, along the banks of the river. Walking along the Strand, one can spot Patal Bari, a house which the famous poet Rabindranath Tagore frequented, the Bhasha Shahid Minar and the Chandernagore Museum and Institute, which boasts a beautiful collection of French antiques. Just off the Strand is the Sacred Heart Church, with beautiful stain glass interiors.

Although a French Colony for over 250 years, the heritage of Chandernagore is not restricted to French architecture only. The town also houses several temples, including the Nandadulal Temple.

Chandernagore was home to several leading leaders like the revolutionary Kanailal Dutta, after whom the first schools in the town are now named, and it was also the secret residence for Sri Aurobindo when he was in hiding.

Jagaddhatri Puja is the largest festival celebrated all over the town, where the hugely talented lighting artists showcase their work.


Thank you to the following people & organisations who helped create this scroll:

Tower Hamlets Council - 'A' Team Arts
Geraldine Bone, Canan Salih and Team working with:
  • 19 Princelet Street - Museum of Immigration
  • St Anne's, Limehouse
  • St Matthias Community Centre
  • Museum of London Docklands
  • UAL Central Saint Martins
Tower Hamlets School:
  • The Mulberry School for Girls
Tower Hamlets Artists:
  • Geraldine Bone
  • Sarbjit Natt
  • Piero d'Angelo
  • Lucrezia Levanti
  • Nowshin Prenon
  • Berni Yates
  • Maria Cuji
  • Bushra Hussain
  • Sindy Nguyen
  • Emily Juteau
With support from the Kinetika Team


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