Kochi’s evolution as a major port and international hub for spice trade in the 14th century also saw the development of infrastructure to facilitate the smooth functioning of the port and the market. Bazar Road was made as the main link road connecting the port and the market. Bazar means market and as the name suggests, Bazar Road became the main place in Kochi where traders from all parts of the world came for trade and people from different parts of India came in search of jobs. It became the busiest place in Kochi.
As this place saw the migration of peoples from different cultures, it can be seen as a marker of the cosmopolitanism of Kochi. Although Malayalam is the native language of Kerala, one can find people speaking atleast fifteen different languages as they carry out trade and do their work on Bazar Road. During the British period, the modernisation of the Kochi port and shifting of the port to Willingdon Island affected the trade on Bazar Road. Bazar Road has witnessed many historical events including the Coonan Cross Oath in the 17th century, which marked a split in the Christian community of Kerala.
Bazar Road, a trip throughout time and space in Kochi, Kerala, India -
- by Ana Torres