I am a Bombay boy and I am so proud of it. Although, the city has changed today and the lifestyle has become complicated the city of Mumbai has always offered the best living experience that I can imagine. I agree life is fast, so fast that we don’t even have the time to think, in fact the speed of life has made us virtually blind because we rarely see the beauty of Bombay, admire it and bring some peace to our life.
So, I decided to give a pause to my writing skills, get my fingers off my laptop keyboard and instead start clicking some pictures of old Bombay that still stands tall, but invisible to our naked eyes. This will be the first installment of the five part INVISIBLE BOMBAY SERIES where I start with Flora Fountain and will take you across Kala Ghoda Area and in the last installment you return to Flora Fountain again completing the full circle. I would request my readers to take some time and explore all the five parts to enjoy this photographic tour of Kala Ghoda that I have created with all my efforts in writing and also exploring my photographic skills.
If you are in South Mumbai, you will surely come across this exquisite heritage monument which lies at the heart of Fort, a business district of Bombay. Built in 1864, this monument is a combination of architecture, water and sculpture and the fountain depicts the Roman Goddess Flora.
Initially, this fountain was to be named after Sir Bartle Frere, Governor of Bombay then who contributed immensely to the growth of the city through progressive policies increasing trade in the city. However, the idea was dropped eventually and the fountain was named Flora Fountain, named after Flora, a Roman Goddess of flowers and season of spring. The fountain is made from Portland stone with Flora right on the top and various mythological creatures and figures on the four corners for decoration purpose.
Hutatma Chowk also known as Matyr’s Square is the official square where Flora Fountain is located today. The area was popularly known as Flora Fountain Area before 1960, but in 1960 Samyukta Maharashtra Samiti decided to come up with a square in honor of all the people who lost their lives during a police firing upon a peaceful demonstration resulting in 105 deaths. Amar Jyot (Eternal Flame) is located at Hutatma Chowk that always burns symbolizing the ongoing struggle and salutation to the matyrs.