In these photos Purkayastha documents colonial architecture in Calcutta--now fading. The project has been eight yeas in the making. In 2006 the artist noted the slowly crumbling Parsi, Christian, Armenian, Jewis and Ango-Indian communities in the city. He was awestruck by the crumbling architecture associated with all these groups. The project grew to include British colonial architecture as well.
Purkayastha’s 2002 exhibition, Aksaha received the Habitat Award for Best Photography Exhibition. This is just one of the awards he's been nominated for or received.