A Jute Heritage Walk at Hukumchand Jute Mills, Naihati - Songoti

A Jute Heritage Walk at Hukumchand Jute Mills, Naihati

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The Stadel, a boutique hotel and leisure club within the Salt Lake stadium recently completed it's 15 years in the city.   Cradled within the heart of the Salt Lake Stadium it is perhaps the only hotel in India to be built under the sports stadium ramps. The hotel is known for it’s comprehensive bouquet of hospitality services. In an effort to reach out to a wider segment The Stadel has started a new initiative of curating hospitality solutions beyond borders.  
One of the first of such initiatives was held on recently Nov 2018 which focused on Jute & Heritage. The event was partnered with Ministry of External Affairs and organised by BAUL (Bespoken Architecture & Unique Legacies) in association with Ministry of Tourism.

The walk was led by Mr. Anil Bhutoria, Director, The Stadel ; Mr. Samrat Chowdhury from Welcome Heritage, Ms. Lata Bajoria & Mr. Debasish Nayak. They guided the participants on an exploration of the history of the mill, contribution of jute in environmental conservation and revealing a unique way of the life of the settlers. The other attractions of this walk included a visit to the jetty within the compound and appreciating the 100 year old tree. After having a sumptuous breakfast at the heritage Kona Bungalow overseeing the river guests/participants were taken on totos to a discovery trail of the mills. Guests meandered through the the colossal jute godown & mill to the pump house and ending it again with lunch at the Kona bungalow.  

Some noteworthy guests who participated in the walk included: His Excellency Masayuki Taga - Consul General of Japan, Her Excellency Madam Virginie Corteval – Consul General of France & Mr. Frederick Alcalde, Head IT & Attache  France,  His Excellency Mynt Soe Consul General of Myanmar, His Excellency Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh, His Excellency Dr. Michael Feiner, Consul General of Germany & Mr. Schrodd, Deputy Consul General, Mrs Kajari Biswas, IFS, Director MEA, Kolkata & Holistic Health Crusader , Dr. Rekha Bhutoria.


Mr. Anil Bhutoria, Director, The Stadel, says, “There is an awakening for heritage and environmental conservation in West Bengal and we wanted to cultivate it further and reach out to a wider audience with the same vision in mind. The idea is to go beyond the confines of The Stadel walls and provide hospitality solutions. This particular walk has been curated to generate an awareness and understanding of heritage that has expanded from the protection of historic buildings and monuments to focus on more general understanding of the immediate and lesser known structures that have a rich historical context and need preservation. Through active engagement and interaction in natural surroundings with audiences we want to create a culture for consciousness of the rich heritage so that the coming generation takes a keen interest and pride in what we are leaving behind for them. There really can’t me any better product than jute which is completely natural, environmental friendly and can be grown organically and this can be the best substitute for plastic.”

                                                                        -a report by Debasmita Bhattacharya, SONGOTI web desk

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