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Another photograph of Durga Puja from Kolkata (Calcutta).

Durga Puja is the festival which epitomises the triumph of good over evil. Elaborate structures (called ‘pandals’) are made to house the clay images & Durga Puja offers an avenue for various artists (even Art Students) to bring out their creative juices in designing and making the images and the ‘pandals’.

This particular ‘pandal’ had been structured in lines of the traditional houses of rural Bengal, more so those of the district of Purulia in south-western part Bengal. The masks adoring the ‘pandals’ are of typical Purulia style, and depict Hindu goddesses. The roof is made of baked clay tiles typical of rural Bengal.

Since it was afternoon, there were not many visitors, except the young brother & sister the brother was ‘explaining’ the details of the masks and dolls to his sister. Through the doorway, the image of Durga is visible.

A pity that the ‘pandals’ & images have a very short life. The images are immersed after 4 days of the festival and the pandal is taken down to pieces, may be to be assembled in some form a year later

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