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2016 Tramjatra - 20th anniversary performance tram conducting - connie-ing Kolkata

Posted Wed 31/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

20th anniversary connie-ing and tram conducting Kolkata. Images of Tramjatra's Roberto D'Andrea conducting Kolkata with a new series of pro-tram tramcards, freindship tickets and a series of native animal flora and species cards to link trams to a healthy environment and clean air. 20th anniversary Tramjatra had Whole 9 Yards performing the "Storming Kolkata by Tram" play and Roberto as a performing connie. A 20th anniversary exhibition was mounted inside the the decorated tram in the advertising racks. We tracked Kolkata on all routes except B.B. Ganguly Street which is closed to trams. Roberto reflecting on 20 years of tramways friendship : Tramjatra "zindabhad zindabhad". Kolkata I've fallen into your loving arms, been magnetised by your friendship and enjoyed riding with you on your rare surviving tramcars. We've celebrated rare surviving tram tradition and decorated many a tramcar together. From Belgatchia to Brunswick, Ballygunge to Box Hill, Shambazzar to St Kilda Beach and Richmond to Rajabazzar I've loved being with you. You've harboured a critically endangered Melbourne tram conductor,

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2016 Kolkata 20th Anniversary Tramjatra media - Bengali Newspapers

Posted Fri 26/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

Media coverage from the launch of the 20th anniversary Tramjatra in the Esplanade on Saturday December 10. This time mostly in the Bengali language press. Covered extensively by the El Samaj (Times of India Bengali edition). Translations to follow

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2016 Kolkata India 20th Anniversary Tramjatra launch / Saturday December 10

Posted Fri 26/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

20th Anniversary Tramjatra launch on Saturday December 10. Tramjatra launches are colourful affairs with the Tramjatra tram tracking into the central Kolata early to have garlands of flowers placed inside and out. A stage is set up and chairs for the audience. The media comes along for the ride and this time around we have Whole 9 Yards set to perform Storming Kolkata by Tram. Preeti had her photographic students along for the ride. This time around for the 20th anniversary Tramjatra we've had a screening of the Tramjatra short doco in the Kolkata International Film Festival in November 2016. Here's a few pics from the launch which was held in central Kolkata in the Esplanade precinct near the CTCs Fleet Operation headquarters.

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20th Anniversary Tramjatra “Storming Kolkata by Tram” Nonapukur Rehersals by Whole 9 Yards

Posted Wed 24/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

Tramjatra loves tram tradition so for the 20th anniversary Tramjatra we wanted to prepare a tram play that had links to two great Melbourne tram plays called Storming Mont Albert and Storming St Kilda by Tram. Before heading to Kolkata in mid 2016, Mahadeb Shi and I talked about a producing a play we would like to call "Storming Kolkata by Tram". We wanted performers to be 'embedded passengers' just like the Storming Mont Albert and St Kilda by Tram plays. Mahadeb engaged a Kolkata performance troupe called Whole 9 Yards who are a lovely young and enthusiastic performance troupe. The play was based on Mahadeb's 20th anniversary short film which had screened at the 2016 Kolkata International Film Festival. A street play on the environmental benefits of tramways celebrating the 20th anniversary of Tramjatra and the friendship between Kolkata and melbourne. Here's some pics from the rehersal phase at the Nonapukur Tram Workshops. So while the tram was being painted and decorated.

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20th Anniversary Tramjatra Tram decoration at the Nonapukur Workshops Kolkata

Posted Wed 24/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

This post covers the decoration of the 20th anniversary Tramjatra tram at the Nonapukur Tram Workshops. It's the first week in December 2016 and Tramjatra for the first time in it's history has kept a active and up to date social media presence via facebook. To our surprise thanks to Craig Pico Allen who was here as a Connie in 2012 and Souroshanka Maji we connect with many tram enthusiasts, artists and tram activists. The 20th anniversary tram has Nonapukur Workshops staff like artist-trammie Ujjal Dhar are joined by artists Priyanka and Bipro and enthusiats like Souroshanka, Anurag and Raunak designing and painting the tram. The design is inspired by Bushra and Roberto's art and has a mix of past designs to celebrate 20 years of tramways friendship. It's in effect out greatest hits tram. We had around 20 different people painting the tram.

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20th Anniversary Tramjatra - decorating CTC - WBTC tram 247 at the Nonapukur Workshops

Posted Wed 17/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

In traditional fashion after arriving in Kolkata for a new Melbourne - Kolkata Tramjatra we head to the head office of the Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) at their in central Kolkata near BBD Bagh. It's here were we meet with Shri Nilanjan Sandilya, Managing Director of the CTC, which has joined with the government run buses and is now called the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC). we present what we'd like to do for the 20th anniversary Tramjatra through December and updates on what is happening with trams in Melbourne, Super Stops, Preston Workshops expansion and the local building of E Class Trams in Dandenong. After long discussions with a couple of servings of sweet Chai tea it's time to head to the Nonapukur Workshops to meet Works manager Mr Ghosh and our long time tramjatra friend Mr Rama Pada Chatterjee. We select Park Circus Tram 247 and asap will start decorating the tram at the Nonapukur Tram Workshops. 

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20th Anniversary Tramjatra December 2016

Posted Tue 9/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

Friday December 2 - 2016 : Great to be back in West Bengal and Kolkata for the 20th anniversary of Tramjatra which started out in 1996 as the Melbourne Calcutta Tramways Friendship. The 1st decorated tram was Belgatchia tram 349. Back then Belgatchia Depot had a depot to depot relationship with South Melbourne Depot. This will be the 12th tram decorated in Kolkata while it's 5 in Melbourne. We've been given a warm welcome back at the WBTC (formerley CTC head office) by Joint MD Shri Nilanjan Sandilya and many a trammie friend. Staying this time around at Mahadeb's in south Kolkata not far from the Tollygunge Tram Depot. 3 days in Kolkata and the tramjatra ball is well and truely rolling. 1st up the traditional name of the Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) has changed to the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC). Mahadeb and I have selected Tram 247 which is a Park Circus Tram. The 20th anniversary Tramjatra will this year be staged out of Gariahat Depot with tram decoration at the Nonapukur Workshops as we've done in 2012 (Paribeshbandhu) and 2013 (Gitanjali)

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2016 Tramjatra 20th anniversary - Mahadeb Shi Short Film - Tramways Friendship Kolkata & Melbourne

Posted Sun 8/12/13 by Roberto D'Andrea

MAHADEB SHI - 20th ANNIVERSARY TRAMJATRA SHORT FILM.

Tramjatran Mahadeb Shi has prepared a short film to mark and celebrate 20 years of tramways friendship between Kolkata (India) and Melbourne (Australia).

Tramjatra celebrates the distinctive tram-way cultures of Melbourne (Australia) and Kolkata (India) through collaborations between trammies, tram companies and their tram-loving communities. Melbourne and Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) are two of the rare surviving tramway systems of continuous operation outside of Europe. Both cities have an enduring love for trams and have fought against anti tram forces that dismantled and destroyed many of the world's tramways through the 1950s and 60s. Trammies, artists and tram passengers have decorated the interior and exterior of many trams in both cities. Starting in Calcutta-1996 (Melbourne-Calcutta Tramways Friendship), Melbourne February 1997 (Bondhu Tram), Calcutta-1997 (Calbourne), Melbourne-2000 (Moomba), Kolkata-2001 (Tramjatra, Sundari, Cricket, Childrens Trams, Moomba), Melbourne-2001 (Moomba), Melbourne-2002 (Moomba), Kolkata-2005 (Tramjatra Book Launch), Kolkata-2012 (Paribeshbandhu Tramjatra) and Kolkata-2013 (Gitanjali Tramjatra). 

"The Mother Earth - Clean Air - Free Flowing Trams". Trams being good for a clean environment by lowering air pollution and congestion are central to the Tramjatra script.

In 2016 we celebrate our 20th anniversary of tramjatra friendship.

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2016 Kolkata Tramjatra - Kolkata International Film Festival - Tramjatra Festival

Posted Mon 7/11/16 by Roberto D'Andrea

Update : Tramjatra short doco directed by Mahadeb Shi has been selected for the Kolkata International Film Festival (KFF) in the documentary film section. The film festival runs between Friday November 11 and Friday November 18. The Tramjatra festival in Kolkata begins on Friday December 9. Mahadeb's Tramjatra documentary  explores 20 years of tramways friendship between Kolkata and melbourne. He is one of 5 original Tramjatrans with Dr Debasish Bhattacharya, Jayanta Basu, Mick Douglas and Roberto D'Andrea. Mahadeb came to Melbourne for the 2001 Tramjatra. He is a port graduate in cinema from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, specialising in editing. in both film and video media (1985). Over two and a half decades since then he has been working as a director, scriptwriter and editor in both film and video media. He has directed more than 10 documentaries including Kather Baxo (Wooden Box), a personal documentary on Kolkata's Tramways that explores the relationship between the city and its tramcars. His most notable film "Eleven Miles", which won the Joris Iven award at the Cinema Du Rell at Paris in 1990 and was then broadcast on Channel 4 in the U.K.

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2016 Tramjatra 20th Anniversary - Tramjatra and Multicultural Arts Victoria : Bushra Hasan Indi Bind

Posted Fri 2/9/16 by Roberto D'Andrea

20th ANNIVERSARY TRAM DESIGN. Bushra Hasan - Indi Bindi

Tramjatra and Multicultural Arts Victoria. General Manager of Multicultural Arts Victoria and Tramjatran Andy Miller, has introduced Bushra Hasan from Indi Bindi and together we have come up with a Tramjatra design that has been given the thumbs up by the Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC). This will be the template design for the 20th anniversary Tramjatra Tram in Kolkata late in 2016.  After the Kolkata 20th anniversary tramjatra we will apply to decorate a Melbourne Tram on our 21st ...

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