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This assortment brings jointly the tales of the Armenians, chinese language, Sikhs, ‘South Indians’, Bohra Muslims and different groups who've come and created this wondrous mosaic, the town of Calcutta.
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Cartographic sources, as mentioned earlier, provide ample evidence through nomenclatures of localities, roads, religious institutions, markets, etc. For example, Armanitola, a locality inhabited by the Armenians or the Armenian Church shown in Map No. 1, illustrates a section of Central Calcutta. The population of Armenians was reported to be 636 in number as early as 1837. This figure went up to 809 in 1911, and gradually dropped till it reached the nominal figure of 39 in 1961. The 1921 census reports that increase was recorded between 1911 and 1921.
Letter written by Catchick Arakiel to Hawksworth in 1801. Quoted in Mitra, Radharaman, op. , p. 10. Nair, P Thankappan, ‘The Growth and Development of Old Calcutta’, in Chaudhuri, Sukanta, Calcutta: The Living City, Vol. I, pp. 11–18. Hardgrove, Anne, Community and Public Culture: The Marwaris in Calcutta, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2004. , Changing Visions, Lasting Images: Calcutta Through 300 Years, Marg, Bombay, 1990, pp. 31–46. Lahiri Choudhury, Dhriti Kanta, ‘Trends in Calcutta Architecture’, in Chaudhuri, Sukanta, op.
Similar to most other minority communities, the major concentration of the Parsis or Zoroastrians were found to be in the west-central and 36 Calcutta Mosaic central wards of Bara Bazaar, Kalutola, Bow Bazaar, Fenwick Bazaar, Taltollah, etc. The community dispersed to the outer wards of southeast and south Calcutta by 1961. 31 Very High High Medium Low/Medium Low Map 4: Concentration of Zoroastrians/Parsis in Calcutta, 1901, 1961. 33 These are observations made in the early 1990s. 2 per cent of its population in the 1850s.