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Abstract Series - I (IMAGES OF INANIMATE SUBJECTS FROM DAILY LIFE - FIRST IN A SERIES OF 5 IMAGES).

After uploading 10 images for my Calcutta Series I have gained a lot of confidence and zeal to focus on series based photographs which gives more direction to my photography.It also adds onto my experience as a photographer and allows me to emphasise and prioritise my views and experiences in life.
I have named my present series as Abstract Series as I am covering photographs which are not animated but still adds to our experience in life and observation of our environment and surroundings.

The instant photograph is that of the Durga Idol under the process of making at an idol making shop in North Calcutta.Durga Puja is the most popular festivals in Calcutta and Bengal which is held for 4 days in the month of October every year.In this photograph you can see an unpainted idol of the Deity Durga revered and worshiped by millions of Indian Hindus and Bengalis in particular.

Some tidbits about Durga Puja in Bengal.

Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil.Durga Puja also includes the worship of Shiva, who is Durga's consort (Durga is an aspect of Goddess Parvati), in addition to Lakshmi, Saraswati with Ganesha and Kartikeya, who are considered to be Durga's children.Worship of mother nature is also done, through nine types of plant (called "Kala Bou"), including a plantain (banana) tree, which represent nine divine forms of Goddess Durga.Modern traditions have come to include the display of decorated pandals and artistically depicted idols (murti) of Durga, exchange of Vijaya greetings and publication of Puja Annuals.

The prominence of Durga Puja increased gradually during the British Raj in Bengal.After the Hindu reformists identified Durga with India, she became an icon for the Indian independence movement.In the first quarter of the 20th century, the tradition of Baroyari or Community Puja was popularised due to this. After independence, Durga Puja became one of the largest celebrated festivals in the whole world.

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