Reigning over the chaos. ( version 2.0 )
Chaotic as one white skinned exclaimed, the chaos of the lanes of Kumartuli got on my nerves, when a big fat lady blocked the background of my subject, swiftly took out her mobile camera, photographed the idol and then asked her friends to pose infront of it. It killed my frame.
On the second thought, like the family waits for a child to take birth.. the entire nine months, slowly watching the abdomen of their daughter growing into something as big as to deliver a healthy baby, the entire region of Bengal waits for the festival of Durga Puja, each single year with equal if not more – enthusiasm and energy.
This perhaps is the spirit of the Durga Puja. Kumartuli is the womb to many pandals across the city of Kolkata and abroad.
Not just the idol makers or the buyers, Kumartuli has developed to be the photographers destination, a tourist spot.. and as Sayon, my friend puts it – its no less than a picnic 12 days before the actual festival starts. We have mothers taking their children there, to make them see how an idol is made, or guides taking their white skinned tourists explaining even what “half coloured idols” are, often explaining to them the concept of the puja.
I tried to photograph the business in Kumartuli, the rush, and the stillness of the objects around, and yes, Maa Durga. Do comment on this post, and suggest betterment. I have started photography only very recently. Your suggestions help me better each time.
Kumartuli stands today as a celebration in itself. Do google about it , and if you are a photographer, hold on.. dont spoil someone else’s frame 🙂
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