Saturday, October 9, 2010

Beyond Five Days of Durga Pooja

Ok folks! Its officially festival time from now on till Holi in March next year. No wonder October to March is my favorite half of the year.

Being married to a Bengali has several perks. Awesome Bengali  food, getting to share their love for literature & music are just some of them. But the one that stands out for me is definitely being part of Durga  Pooja. 

I had so much fun after I got married and went for my first Durga Pooja to Kolkata. Though I had been to Kolkata many many times on work & had even stayed there for two months during my summer internship stint with Britannia, this was an entirely difference experience.

Come evening everyone would dress up and walk all over the city; pandal hopping.  Each Idol and each pandal had a theme. The word "creative" doesn't really do justice to the kind of work I saw. And I can't even begin to imagine the kind of hard work that must have gone into making each of these. But one thing that I know for a fact is that those five days kept my creative soul delighted & surprised. Sharing some pictures of my first ever Durga Pooja here. Enjoy the intricate idols & the craftsmanship of the pandals.

I am linking this to Beyond Five Days of Durga Pooja. Wishing all of you a happy beginning for the LONG festival season ahead :)

Images : Personal Collection


Sharon Colaco D'Souza said...

Lovely post, Prachi! I loved that wooden panel one with different avatars of Durga painted on it!

GB said...

Love the first and fifth pictures and that penultimate picture!! It must have been spectacular!

PreeOccupied said...

Prachi, thanks for participation. The photographs are so beautiful. I have never seen a Calcutta Durga Pujo, something that I miss. I love your first photo.

purplehomes said...

Sharon & GB: Oh yes! it was spectacular! Such talent I tell you.

Pree: Loved being a part of it. I am glad I could revisit the album because of you.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

There is nothing quite like the pandals in Kolkata. Your images are gorgeous!

anupama said...

hi prachi,loved your blog,and identified with all that defines home.I too believe that maybe not the worlds most expensive things displayed(from world over) but if it reflects your sense of creativity and belonging...its home:)Also your first durga puja reminded me of mine years back in 98' when i was in cal after i got married,when i experienced durga puja in all its fervour.I who was born and brought in delhi,had never ever experienced anything like that.Truly awesome,the various pandals,the work of sheer genious.I still cherish those memories of my first as the best in life so far.In mumbai too the pratima's(moorti's) are beautiful but not as much as the in cal.

purplehomes said...

Anu : Totally. Kolkata is awesome.

Anupama: You just made my day with all those lovely words & sharing those cherished memories of Kolkata Durga Puja. Thanks!