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Monday, October 26, 2015

Durga Puja vignettes 2015 I

Durga Puja, commonly known as Puja, or more colloquially, ‘Pujo’, is symbolized by a mixed bag of elements to the Bengali. Here are some of them from this year in images.

New clothes for going out:

Siblings in new clothes with grandfather on a puja visit

Serial hoardings:

This is a favourite form of promotion for advertisers during Puja

This one has a message for pandal hoppers


The art of the theme pandals/ USP of pandals:

Tridhara Sammilani, south Kolkata. Based on Indian doll theme.

Tridhara Sammilani

Hedua, north Kolkata. Built with jhuri (Cane baskets).

The recreation of well-known buildings of India (Including religious ones) in pandals:

A temple of Nepal recreated in the pandal in Kumartuli Park, north Kolkata

A marble temple recreated as the pandal in Sreebhumi Sporting Club puja

The marble temple in Sreebhumi Sporting Club puja

Sreebhumi Sporting Club

Wall art in pandals:

Threadwork at a Lake Town pandal

Threadwork at the same pandal

Madhubani painting in Kankurgachhi Mitali

Gamchha craft in Rammohan Smriti Sangha, Manicktala

A Sukumar Ray poem with illustration in Pragati Sangha, Barrackpore

And of course, at the core, the idols of goddess Durga and her children:

The traditional form:

Kumartuli 

The modern form (A personal favourite):

BK Pal Park. The best idol I've seen this year (Though not the ideal one).

And the postmodern form (Thanks to the theme pujas):

 Kankurgachhi Mitali

Eating bhog (Prasad):

Bhog being distributed to a longish queue at Kankurgachhi Mitali

The bhog, one of the key attractions of Puja to many. I can skip a meal for this.

The queue before restaurants:

The new and sophisticated restaurant of the famous biriyani joint Dada Boudi, Barrackpore

To be continued…

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