The Irreplaceable Construct of a Place in History: Dhanyakuria, India


  • Sonia Gupta School of Architecture and Planning, Woxsen University, Hyderabad, India
  • Poulami Banerjee Das School of Architecture and Planning, Sister Nivedita University, Kolkata, India.



ocio-cultural, socio-political, socio-cultural aspects, spaces, resilience, spirit


The rich annals of history are illuminated by stories of great civilizations. However, Dhanyakuria, West Bengal, India flourished little known, concurrent with rise of the most powerful empire in the world at the time which had its capital in neighbouring Kolkata. This study looks at identification of this place that nurtures socio-cultural processes from its inception, through analysis of socio-political and resultant economic circumstances leading to creation of a unique arrangement of physical spaces. While establishing pointers towards reasons for creation of this built asset it traces relationships and connections with authorities, occupants and larger community. It is realised that a sense of awe in the present day lingers because the soul of the place is enshrined within and beyond the tangible, reaching much wider realms of consciousness. This acknowledgement of spiritual and cultural resilience of Dhanyakuria provides great impetus to the dynamic circularity and protective transmission of the spirit of a place.


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Gupta, S., & Das, P. B. (2023). The Irreplaceable Construct of a Place in History: Dhanyakuria, India. Proceedings of the International Conference of Contemporary Affairs in Architecture and Urbanism-ICCAUA, 6(1), 699–708.