Category Archives: Balconies

Just the pits

1 July, 2013
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Edward Theatre (1884)

Balconies: Edward Theatre (1884)
Kalbadevi Road, Dhobi Talao.

There was a wide choice of seating arrangements in theatres in Bombay in mid 1800’s- the Dress Circle, Gallery, Stalls and Pit. The pit often hosted noisy and drunk spectators that bothered the young, unmarried European actresses on stage.

Tickets, ranging from Rs. 4 to Rs. 1, could be bought at the offices of The Times of India or The Bombay Gazette newspapers or on the night of the performance, at the theatre itself.

This photograph of perfect proportions is shot by Hersh Acharya.

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W for Watson

19 March, 2013
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Balcony: The Esplanade Hotel (1871)

Esplanade Road, Fort, (presently Esplanade Mansion, Mahatma Gandhi Road).

In the early hotel trade in Bombay, leading proprietors’ names were synonymous with their hotels. The Esplanade Hotel was popularly called Watson’s Hotel, after John Watson, the English proprietor and merchant.

Notice the monogram ‘W’ on the balcony railing.

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