Durga Puja, Calcutta Style


This year I saw Durga Puja happen in Calcutta. I was daunted at the prospect of the noise and the music and everyone having fun except me. You see, I’m not a party person, I was for a short time, whilst at university, but then I learnt to embrace my ‘early-to-bed-with-a-good-book’ persona. It is a comforting, safe image I have for myself, which requires little effort and provides maximum comfort. However, as of late, I’m being dragged out of myself and have been forced to enter into the revelry of the moments around me. I feel I must, because who knows when I’ll get this chance again.

So thanks to a few friends and their confidence boosting style tips, my husband and his patience with me getting ready and the ever-present dhak beat from outside my bedroom window, I readied myself to take on the Durga Puja Spirit.

And, what a performance! What a show Calcutta provided! Here are some beautiful images of what we saw taken by my budding photographer of a husband. (I’m sure I’ve mentioned before Calcutta brings out the artist in us all!)

carved beauty

carved beauty

ornate ceilings

ornate ceilings

light drumming

light drumming

worshipping the girl

worshipping the girl

egyptian theme

egyptian theme

durga the consort of shiva

durga the consort of shiva

demon defeated

demon defeated

blowing bubbles

blowing bubbles

sandal pandal

sandal pandal

vanquishing evil

vanquishing evil

heavenly beings

heavenly beings

spinning dreams

spinning dreams

worshipping innocent

worshipping innocent

quick nap before the fun starts

quick nap before the fun starts

girl meets boy

girl meets boy

The legendary dhaks and their natural masters

The legendary dhaks and their natural masters

pastel lions

pastel lions

lotus and sandal juxtaposed

lotus and sandal juxtaposed

pondering the commercialism

pondering the commercialism

ritual fire

ritual fire

epic warrior queen

epic warrior queen

 

 

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