Ratna D Pradhan

Das Studio

Our firm, Das Studio of Darjeeling, was established by my grandfather Thakur Das in 1927 at Mount Pleasant Road, a site near the present day bazaar. When the opportunity presented itself, he expanded his business and moved into shops in Commercial Row  (Nehru Road). In 1949 he scraped together a down payment to purchase the premises that housed Whiteaway Laidlaw, a haberdashery. He made the move to 15 Nehru Road in 1950.

Das Studio Darjeeling

Das Studio Darjeeling

The history of the the family business is an interesting one not only to us family members, but also for the long time permanent residents of the town and the surrounding Tea Plantations.  Darjeeling being a tourist destination and an escape for many plains dwellers during the scorching summer months meant many a visitor came to Darjeeling regularly during the hot Indian summer. Das Studio was always a familiar meeting place as the visitors strolled along Nehru Road to Chowrasta and a walk along the Mall to savour the cool Himalayan evenings. In a manner of speaking, the story of Das Studio has been somewhat linked with social history of Darjeeling, in that the business provided a popular social hub for visitors as well as the locals.

Today our family is spread all over the world, and yes we have all embraced digital photography totally.

 

My father & grandfather an a photo expedition to Tonglu

My father & grandfather an a photo expedition to Tonglu along the SIngalila Ridge (circa 1949)

For over 87 years the business has provided photographic services to the locals as well as visitors to Darjeeling. Today, although the town has changed a lot, Das Studio continues to trade from its current location at 15 Nehru Road near Chowrasta.


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