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From: James Sinclair <>
Subject: Bengal Club, Calcutta
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 05:20:08 -0500


Hello Brenda,

You wrote:

"Could anyone also help regarding The Bengal Club in Calcutta. Does it
still exist and if so would appreciate address and email address if
available. Any list members who might know a history of the club would also
be of great help to me."

I replied to you about the other subjects you raised but was not able to
give you any information on the Bengal Club. However, I have since looked
up a Guide to Calcutta 1991 APA Publications, and it says:-

"The Bengal Club on Russell Street, the oldest social club in Calcutta,
founded in 1827 had as members the cream of the Calcutta Society. Traders,
lower ranking civil and military officers were not admitted. Until 1962,
the club refused to accept Indians. As a gesture of protest, Lord
Mountbatten never visited it. The club has lost its front part and its
impressive facade on Chowringhee and the Maidan as the result of a
controversial real estate transaction. The unaesthetic Chatterjee
Internationl Centre now stands in its place. The Bengal Club is chiefly a
lunch club where anyone that counts must be seen regularly. The main
features of the club are the Reynolds Room with a real Reynolds, bound
19th-century collections of the Calcutta Gazette and Punch, and the bar
with its silver cobra, the symbol of the club."

Hope this helps.

James Sinclair
Surbiton, Surrey, UK

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