Durga Puja in KolkataIndia
Representative List 2021
EN: The full goddess ensemble, sculpted in alluvial clay, still to be painted, clothed and ornamented at a workshoip at Kumartuli, the oldest and main image-makers' hub in the city.
EN: 'Chokhhudaan' or the painting of the eyes of the goddess by the image-maker, as an inaugural ritual of consecrating and bringing the clay image to like, at a workshop at Kumartuli, the hub of the image-makers in North Kolkata.
EN: 'Sandhya arati', an important customary ritual being performed by the priests on the eve of Shashti, the sixth day of festivals, in a community Durga Puja at Salt Lake in East Kolkata.
EN: Residents of the neighbourhood seeking blessings from the holy fire after the performance of 'Sandhi Puja', the auspicious event marking the conjuncture of Ashtami and Nabami, the eighth and ninth day of the festival, at Alt Lake in East Kolkata.
EN: A resplendent traditional image of the goddess embellished in gold tinsel foil at one of Kolkata's most sought after 'Sarbojanin' or community Durga Pujas - Maddox square in South Kolkata.
EN: Durga at 41 Pally, a popular community Durga Puja in Haridebpur in South Kolkata, designed by Kamaldeep Dhar in a folk art form, one of the main stylistic inspirations for the new images of the goddess.
EN: Image of the goddess constructed using organic materials such as jute ropes by one of Kolkata's preeminent Puja artists, Bhabatosh Sutar, at 95 Pally Durga Puja in Jodhpur Park in South Kolkata.
EN: An entire residential lane, with its houses, trees and street lights turned into an extraordinary public art installation by Susanta Pal, one of Kolkata's outstanding Puja designers, at the Badamtala Ashar Sangha Durga Puja in Kalighat in South Kolkata.
EN: Spectacular interior decor of the 'Pandal' or pavilion of Hindusthan Park Sarbojanin Durga Puja, another reputed community Puja site of South Kolkata, designed by Anirban Das, one of Kolkata's leading Puja artists.
EN: The goddess, moments before being entirely immersed into the Hooghly river at Babu Ghat in Kolkata on Bijoya Dashami, the last day of the festival, that marks her return to the heavenly abode.