West Bengal Wiki Community’s Participation in Wikipedia Loves Monuments Project

Wikipedia Loves Monuments 2016

Wikipedia Loves Monuments 2016 in West Bengal Community
Wikipedia Loves Monuments” one month long photography contest cum Photo drive has been organized by Wikipedia in the month of September 2016, internationally, to photograph those monuments world wide whose photos are not present in the Wiki repository. Like other countries, Wikipedia India Chapter also took part in this grand project. Wikipedian Santanu Chandra informed us about WLM project in a monthly meeting of Wikipedia WB community and unanimously agreed upon to participate in this grand event.

The main focus of the project was to photographed those monuments, whose photos are not present in the Wikipedia repository and also to encourage for creating new articles from captured photographs. In community meeting it has been decided, Sumit Surai would select the place and as well as prepare the list of monuments of that place to be photographed for WLM. In the process of selection, he would have to consider those monuments whose photos are not present in Wiki’s ‘List of Monuments of National Importance in West Bengal’ and as well in the ‘List of State Protected Monuments in West Bengal’. On the next Wikipedia meeting, he placed his proposal for the monuments of Burdwan and Ambika Kalna along with a detailed itinerary. Initially, we decided to visit there with a large group of Wikipedian photographers but unfortunately due to some internal technical issues we had to postponed the plan. Finally, a small group has been formed consists of five person including me and the date of journey was finalized as on 24th September 2016 for WLM.

Day 1
Just one day before the journey, I informed Sumit about my eye infection and told him that I might not join them. But he insisted and as usual I got convinced. On early morning of 24th I reached Howrah by 6:45am and Sumit joined me after few minutes. Both of us waiting for Santanu Da, Sujay and Kalyan and by that time I started photographing the surrounding areas of Howrah station. They reached Howrah in time and joined us. Although, I, Kalyan, Sumit, Santanu Da and Sujay finally boarded a local train at 8am for Ambika Kalna. We reached there around 10am and according to our plan we went to Raj Bari temple Complex at first. In the afternoon, a new Wikipedian from Burdwan Prithwish Jash joined us. During the day, rain and low light every so often spoiled some of our plans. Although, we managed to take photograph of almost all major temples in Kalna. It was also in our agenda to capture maximum number of Terracotta panels of every individual temple. Finally, we have succeeded to some extent to capture maximum number of Terracotta panels with limited resources and time. Here is the list of temples, we photographed on the first day.

Rameswar Temple
Rameswar Temple - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Lalji Temple
Lalji Temple - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Krishna Chandraji Temple
Krishna Chandraji Temple - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Girigobordhon
Girigobordhon - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Pancharatna Temple
Pancharatna Temple - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Rashmancha
Rashmancha - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Ratneswar Temple
Ratneswar Temple - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Rupeswar Temple
Rupeswar Temple - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Jaleswar Temple
Jaleswar Temple - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Pratapeswar Siva Temple
Pratapeswar Siva Temple - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India

Stretching Horizon – Wiki Outreach
I and Sumit, always keep in mind to do some offline work for Wikipedia that may not bring instant or immediate result but somehow will help in future. That’s why both of us were in search for information of lesser known heritages of the district Burdwan. Also, in search for new involvement or contributors from local scholars. In between, Sumit collected the phone number of a local Historian Sidheswar Achariyya. At the late evening of that day I called him for fixing up a meeting with him. Initially, he refused to meet us because he was suffering due to old age issues. Fortunately, I managed to convince him and fixed a meeting with him on the next day at 9am at his residence. He is working with the history of Burdwan district especially Kalna over a long period of time and also one of the founder member of Kalna Mahakuma Itihas O Puratattwa Charcha Kendra. He wrote many books on the history of Kalna. It was in my mind that he would be a helpful source for future for developing existing and creating new unique articles for Bengali Wikipedia.

Day 2
All woke by 6am and left the guest house early to photograph Nava-Kailasha Temple. We spend some time there and went to Gopalji Temple. We had fixed a meeting with Sidheswar Achariyya and accordingly went to his place after Gopalji Temple. In between, a small incident happened just after we left Gopalji Temple and on the way to Sidheswar Achariyya’s house. Basically, my presence is enough for …………. and disaster is inevitable. Quite naturally I made a disaster that day. We hired a Toto (Toto is a 3 wheeler battery operated vehicle) and suddenly, a wish was popup in my mind to drive the Toto. Initial 1 or 2 minutes of driving was okay but suddenly I loose control over the vehicle. Even the driver could not control the vehicle as well and we hit the wall of a house. This has broken the front wheel axle of the Toto and also damaged the main water supply pipeline of the house. Although, managed well and I had to pay an amount from my personal account for the sin. This incident made me serious for the time being. Now, I would love to tell, I am not really very sorry or ashamed what I have done that day because this incident made our tour memorable. Even I have named the incident as “Bordhomane Barabari” or “Kalnai Kelo”.

Glimpses of Meeting
WLM Team with Sidheswar Achariyya - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Sidheswar Achariyya
Biswajit Gain - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India

Nava-Kailasha Temple
Nava-Kailasha Temple - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Gopalji Temple
Gopalji Temple - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Sidheswari Kalibari
Sidheswari Temple - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India

We reached at his residence in time and he gladly welcomed us. I started the discussion with a introduction of WLM project to him and also discussed about the heritages of the district. We learned some historical facts about Kalna from him that was really new to us. Here would like to mention, everybody attended the meeting except Kalyan. When we came out from his house, discovered Kalyan was taking a nap outside his house. Although, we purchased some of his books from him and he suggested us to meet Biswajit Gain, a local photographer and historian. Achariyya Ji fixed a meeting in between Biswajit Gain and us at the guest house where we stayed. The meeting was fruitful in perspective of outreach. We went back to our guest house to meet Biswajit Gain. Meeting with Biswajit Gain was also came out very fruitful as he showed interest to contribute and interested in workshop at Kalna.

Two Ancient Temples (joined together)
Two ancient temples (joined together) - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Baidyapur, West Bengal India
Panchratna Brick Temple
Panchratna brick temple - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Baidyapur, West Bengal India

After the small break for refreshment we went to Baidyapur to photograph one state and one National protected monuments. Baidyapur which is situated 16 Km away from Kalna. Other than these two there were many ancient temples which were not in our list. Still, covered most of the temples for creating future articles and for documentation purpose. Around 3Pm we closed the chapter of Baidyapur and reached to nearby bus stand to go to Burdwan via Bainchi. There were no frequent bus service for Bainchi and we had to wait there. After waiting for half an hour discovered a overcrowded bus and there were absolutely no place inside the bus. Four of us except Sumit, climb up the roof of the bus and settled ourselves. Sumit forcefully boarded inside the bus and we went to Bainchi. Then we had plan to go to Burdwan from Bainchi and other two places. But it was completely impractical matter to cover all those places in two days. It was drizzling when we reached to Bainchi station and condition of sun light was too poor. So, we took the decision to postponed our Burdwan Plan and end the WLM tour. Boarded a local train from Baichi for Kolkata.

Unforgettable Frames
Indrajit and Sujay - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Group Photo - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
WLM Team - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Sumit and Sujay - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Sujay and Santanu Da - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India
Sujay - During Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Kalna, West Bengal India

Contribution of Bengali Wikipedians from WB Community for WLM 2016
(Click on the Name to see the individual Contribution)

Indrajit Das
Sumit Surai
Sujay Chandra
Prithwish Jash
Santanu Chandra
Rangan Datta
Biswarup Ganguly
Amitava Sengupta
Arup Chowdhuri

Note – Please carry enough food otherwise it will be difficult for someone to locate a good place for eating. Also keep in mind there are only 3/4 hotels for accommodation.

Special Thanks
Wikipedia West Bengal Community for the trip.
Sumit, Santanu Da, Kalyan, Sujay and Prithwish for tolerate me.
Sidheswar Achariyya and Biswajit Gain.
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Wikipedia Kolkata Chapter Organized Workshop #Wikilearnopedia

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Wikipedia Kolkata Chapter Event Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India
Wikipedia Kolkata Chapter Event Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsWikipedia is so dynamic in true sense and those who are associated with Wikipedia they are also very dynamic, again Wikipedia Kolkata Chapter proved the same yesterday. Wikipedia Kolkata Chapter and Oxford Book Store are jointly organized a workshop #Wikilearnopedia on 23rd August at Oxford Bookstore,Kolkata. This workshop was intended to attract more and more people to contribute to Wikipedia, to have new Wikipedians, this kind of initiative is very much required. Being a contributor to Wikipedia, I must thank the authority of Oxford bookstore for providing the venue to Wikipedia Kolkata Chapter and as well as the hospitality they provided during the workshop, it is really good. Taking part of any Wikipedia Events, always exuberant experience and yesterday it was like an get together for me.

Sujay Chandra at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India
Sujay Chandra at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India
Rangan Datta at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India
Rangan Datta at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India

The topics of the workshop was really unique and really helpful for new Wikipedians, topics like creating a new article in Wikipedia, how to give references to an article and uploading images in Wikipedia Commons nicely explained by Rangan Datta. Second part of the session was nicely took over by Santanu Chandra and Sujay Chandra on Wikitionary and Wikisource. What I have found interesting in the whole workshop, the involvements of new participants are commendable and participation of women are raised to some extent. This workshop was grand success and to make it grand success the efforts of Wikipedians of Kolkata chapter are commendable.

Santanu Chandra at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India
Santanu Chandra at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India
New Perticipants at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India
New Perticipants at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India
Kalyan Sarkar and Santanu Chandra (L to R) at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India)
Kalyan Sarkar and Santanu Chandra (L to R) at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India)

Some people worked so hard to make it happened and I would like to mention some of them, Sukanta Pal for providing Tech-Support, Santanu Chandra, Sujay Chandra, Kalyan Sarkar,Rangan Datta and photographer Biswarup Ganguli and special thanks to Subhadip Mukherjee. I know Subhadip Mukherjee for more than one year because I read Subhadip’s blog regularly but meet him for the first time and it was indeed a nice moments for me, actually he is an official part of Oxford Bookstore. Eminent journalist Gautam Basu Mallick was there and his impromptu speech on improving quality of Wikipedia Articles was excellent.

Subhadip Mukharjee and Sumit Surai at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India
Subhadip Mukharjee and Sumit Surai at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India
Sukanta Pal at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India
Sukanta Pal at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India
Gautam BasuMallick at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India
Gautam BasuMallick at Wikilearnopedia 2015 at Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, India

It was really a good initiative taken by Wikipedia Kolkata Chapter and Oxford Bookstore and I am really looking forward for such events in future.

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Bengali Wikipedia 10th Anniversary Celebration & Conference

Wikipedia is an online free encyclopedia, enriching millions of users daily, maintained by volunteers contributing from around the globe. It is available in 288 global languages among which 20 are from India. Bengali Wikipedia is one of the 20 Indian languages, but it, also being the official language of Bangladesh, can be counted among the global languages too. So Bengali Wikipedia spectrum is wide and have International presence. Recently Bengali Wikipedia completed 10 years. It was a long journey and completing 10 years is an achievement in true sense. And for that an International Conference was organized which was a huge success.

 

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Wikipedia Takes Kolkata 3

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Wikipedia Takes Kolkata 4 – Photowalk

I was just waiting for the event to occur because it really gave me a wonderful exuberant experience last time with the Wikipedia/Wikimedia Takes Kolkata 3 event. Suddenly, last week of November I got an invitation form Wikipedia in Facebook that again they are conducting Wikipedia Takes Kolkata 4 photo scavenging event here in Kolkata. But this time, photo scavenging will be in the southern part of Kolkata that is Tollygunge. Tollygunge is already famous outside for Bengali Films but for this time it will be more famous for Temples, Marvelous Architectures and History. So our rendezvous was Tollygunge Phari (It is a famous Tollygunge Crossing).

 

 

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Wikipedia Takes Kolkata 3 – Photowalk

“Country roads take me home “ by Denver a beautiful song started playing. ohhh don’t be confused. I am not writing anything about music , actually my cell phone rang. I got a call from Sumit on 21st Feb evening , He told me that he already sent me a invitation in Facebook for Wikipedia/Wikimedia photo walk event and like to confirm whether I am participating or not? Without going into any farther details I said when it’s about photography, I will be there. After little bit of discussion with Sumit, I dropped the call and immediately made call to Samrat to confirm whether he is interested to participate in the event or not, he said yes. Just one day left In between the event ,to study about the locations covered in photo walk. So after finishing all my professional works for Saturday, I started referring few books about Kolkata (Calcutta).

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