The tram has been a part of Kolkata’s cityscape for over a century. In this photo feature, photographer Nabarupa Bhattacharjee tries to show a picture where trams depict the motion of the city. The nostalgia connected with the tram and how it still remains a part of public transportation can be seen in these beautiful photos of tram and its travellers.

Nabarupa Bhattacharjee
Young lads from the streets often make guest appearances in vacant trams
Young lads from the streets often make guest appearances in vacant trams
Nabarupa Bhattacharjee
The atmosphere inside the tram is almost poetic
The atmosphere inside the tram is almost poetic


Nabarupa Bhattacharjee
The tram is perhaps the cheapest form of transport in modern Kolkata
Nabarupa Bhattacharjee
Bengali literature and cinema have often used the tram to depict the hustle-bustle of Kolkata
Bengali literature and cinema have often used the tram to depict the hustle-bustle of Kolkata
Nabarupa Bhattacharjee
Even as the city blurs into darkness, tramlines leave their imprint on its heart
Even as the city blurs into darkness, tramlines leave their imprint on its heart
Nabarupa Bhattacharjee
Glimpses of the city can be seen through the window
Glimpses of the city can be seen through the window
Nabarupa Bhattacharjee
For some passengers, riding the tram is more of a habit than a need
For some passengers, riding the tram is more of a habit than a need
Nabarupa Bhattacharjee
A typical middle-class Bengali man on his way to work
A typical middle-class Bengali man on his way to work
Nabarupa Bhattacharjee
A young girl gazes into the camera through the tram's window
A young girl gazes into the camera through the tram's window
Nabarupa Bhattacharjee
The ting-a-ling sound of the conductor's string remains an integral part of the city's tune
The ting-a-ling sound of the conductor's string remains an integral part of the city's tune