A trail into Mumbai's past

Updated: Nov 18, 2019, 15:35 | Shawn.Dsouza
  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    Scenic frame as the morning sun settles on the tombstones and graves.

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    The group at the impressive tombstone of Edward Mansfield, a 26-year-old Peninsula & Oriental officer where his cause of death – 'his balloon had burst' – is etched on façade. 

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    A beautiful white tombstone depicting Jesus Christ carrying the cross

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    The grave of one of India’s finest artists of all time - Francis Newton Souza. He co-founded the Progressive Artist's Group along with other greats like Ara, Husain and Raza

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    One-time sheriff of Bombay, and former editor of the Bombay Gazetteer, James Taylor's memorial was one of the standout graves on the trail that included a roundel. He was a suitor who had proposed to English classic writer Charlotte Bronte, who wrote Jane Eyre

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    Members halt at Edward Mansfield's grave

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    At the spot where architect George Wittet’s grave once stood. It’s been lost in the undergrowth at the eastern end of the cemetery, and sadly in complete neglect. The architect designed the Gateway of India, KEM Hospital, and Prince of Wales Museum (now CSMVS)

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    At the grave of ‘Fearless Nadia.’ Born Mary Evans, she changed it to Nadia and became one of the first female actors who created an imprint in the Hindi film industry. Of Scottish-Greek parentage, she went on to marry the filmmaker Homi Wadia, who cast her in some of her biggest hits like Hunterwali and Diamond Queen

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    The group is all ears at the tombstone of Kaka Baptista. The nationalist leader was one of Lokmanya Tilak’s most trusted aides and was also one-time sheriff of Bombay

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    Mr Gaekwad, the caretaker of the cemetery for 38 years is a walking encyclopaedia on all things around the graves here

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    At FW Stevens’ grave. The architect was responsible for designing Victoria Terminus (now CSMT), the BMC building, Mulji Jetha Fountain, among many other landmarks in the city. He had co-designed the Churchgate office building with his son, Charles.

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    At the grave of celebrated poet and writer and Sahitya Akademi award winner, Dom Moraes who passed away in 2004

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    The entire group at the entrance to the cemetery 

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    The group en route the walk. The cemetery is spread across 40 acres and has been the resting ground for between 50,000-80,000 people from past to present. 

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    A contrast of the old and new. Skyscrapers in the backdrop as the trees growing inside the cemetery form a canopy with the graves in the foreground

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    The group walks past the main path with niches (also known as vaults) on either side. With increasing pressure and lack of space, cemeteries have made such options for the final resting ground of the dead.

  • A trail into Mumbai's past

    Members of the group take close up photos of names etched in the marble vaults belonging to deceased Prisoners of War at the Italian War Memorial. These soldiers were captured by British forces from Africa and brought to India during World War II. They were positioned in various parts of India and were eventually moved to Bombay

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About The Gallery

Walk with mid-day kicked off it's first edition on November 10 by taking 10 readers to the historic Sewri Cemetery to the graves where some of its founding fathers and famous names from art, literature and film lie as silent witnesses to a changing city. Text Compiled by Fiona Fernandez. Pictures/ Pradeep Dhivar

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