Pinaki Sarkar  


Durga by Pinaki Sarkar

June 2021 - Durga

About the Image(s)

Background Information:
Durga Puja, the most happening festival of the Bengalis can be sensed with its spurt of fanfare on all the four days of the Durga Puja festival. This autumnal festival popularly known as Sharodotsav, recalls the power of female Shakti symbolized by the Goddess Durga who slays asura to reestablish peace and sanctity on earth again. Bengalis all over the world during these days of Durga Puja rejoice to their heart's content reconnecting with friends and relatives. Durga Puja is an occasion when the familiar sound of Dhak, Dhunuchi nachh,the mild fragrance of Shiuli, gives a familiar tug to every Bengali heart.

Bengal specializes in preserving the age old tradition of making clay idols. Such unmatched skills come in the limelight during the festive occasion of Durga Puja. Months before the Puja clay artisans start to breathe in life in the images of Durga. Bamboo sticks cut in various shapes and sizes are required to make the basic structure of the idols of Goddess Durga and the platform on which the colossal statue stands. Durga's figure is then imparted shape with straw tied with jute strings. Creating fascinating figurines of Hindu Gods and Goddesses has been an age old tradition for the Pals (the clay artisans).

Making of Durga idols is a lengthy and a back breaking process. This is done diligently and methodically by the artisans to create the most exquisite pieces of artistry.Bengal specializes in preserving the age old tradition of making clay idols. Such unmatched skills come in the limelight during the festive occasion of Durga Puja. Months before the Puja clay artisans start to breathe in life in the images of Durga. Bamboo sticks cut in various shapes and sizes are required to make the basic structure of the idols of Goddess Durga and the platform on which the colossal statue stands. Durga's figure is then imparted shape with straw tied with jute strings. Creating fascinating figurines of Hindu Gods and Goddesses has been an age old tradition for the Pals (the clay artisans).
Every year, during this festival hundreds of thousands of these idols are made in varying style and form. Of all these, there is one form, which is called a traditional (sabeki) style, that has lasted for generations. This image is just the face of Durga in that style.

Technical :
Canon, ISO:100, 1/200s, f/5.6

Post Processing:
I did heavy post processing and applied a software blue filter to get this effect. I shot this image several years ago at Kolkata during the Durga festival.


4 comments posted




Mark Southard   Mark Southard
Very beautiful and striking ! My only suggestion would be to remove the text at bottom right......   Posted: 06/04/2021 13:28:11



Asmar Murad   Asmar Murad
Striking texture and blue served the curves well.   Posted: 06/05/2021 12:03:39



Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Thank you for telling your story and taking us to Bengal. Such story-telling is often neglected in these Digital Dialogue groups.   Posted: 06/05/2021 17:19:06



Marcus Miller   Marcus Miller
Thanks for the story of the Durga Puja festival and I googled to find out more info. I like the blue which brings emphasizes to the face. A great presentation.   Posted: 06/08/2021 08:34:19



 

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