Kumartuli – the first visit
On the morning of my second day in India, I had the great fortune to make my first trip to Kumartuli, which is a neighborhood of image-makers that is located slightly north of the center of Kolkata. Leading the way was the delightful Partha Dey, a Kolkata native and visual artist who was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Iowa a few years ago.
Kumartuli – the second and third visits
With great excitement, I returned to Kolkata at the end of the first week of September, specifically to observe Dilipda and his assistants in the next stages of work on their Durga Puja sculptures at the Shovabazar Rajbari. In the above photo, Dilipda’s assistant, Netal Pal, is adding the second layer of smooth clay to this roughed-out […]
This first day of Durga Puja is also known as Maha Shasthi, and during this day a series of rituals are performed to symbolically awaken Durga. For more information on the rituals of Durga Puja and their timings, check out http://www.bangalinet.com/pujacalendar.htm or http://www.durga-pujas.com/shashti.shtml. For today’s pandal-hopping, Stan and I decided to return to Kumartuli, particularly to view the final […]