The timekeeper of Kolkata

It is all about Love and Passion and Time. Well, he is the fourthgeneration of the Dutta Family, who is famously known as Timekeeper of the city”.Meet Swapan Dutta. His job keeps him busy because it’s his job to maintain, manage, and supervise all the oldest and biggest clock tower of Kolkata.


People across the globe know of Steve Jaggs, the clock keeper of London’s Big Ben. Well, for us we have our very own Swapan Dutta who is no less than Jaggs. For more than a decade the generation is taking care of the clock tower. Through Kolkata’s 135 feet-tall Big Ben is smaller than its London counterpart, Swapan Dutta’s talent is by no means, less than of Jaggs. In fact, Dutta should be given more credit for keeping Kolkata’s Big Ben alive and Ticking.


His love affair with clocks began in his Childhood, as he sat with his father and saw him working on the most critical ones. This made him fall head over heelswith clocks. Tickling and Tinkering clocks were in their genes and now his 3 years old grand-daughter wants to try her hand at the wall clocks of their house(now, isn’t that cute ?).


His legacy will probably be passed on to his elder son Satyajit, who has decided to take up the family tradition. As Dutta puts in: “Money cannot buy you the things that I have received from people.”

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