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Durga Puja in Kolkata

I took this picture in a Puja Pandal in Central Kolkata. The pandal was mostly made of strings and the base material other than string was plaster.

Here I tried to frame the face of the idol through the strings...trying to experiment with framing & DOF.

I have posted the picture of the entire Pandal in the Workshop. Perhaps seeing that you would get an idea of how I took this shot.

Durga Puja is celebrated more as a community festival, with each locality performing their own. Houses of erstwhile rich people & noblemen also perform the Puja in their stately often dilapidated homes, a testament of their once rich past. In Kolkata alone, about 3200 Pujas are performed, including about 2700 community Pujas in pandals. In recent times, the community Pujas has become an exposition of art, themes, décor and grandeur, with each locality trying to make & exhibit their best and vie for the “Best Puja” tag and award. Art College graduates and eminent clay artists design and make the idols and the pandals using this opportunity to showcase their immense talent and imagination to a vast spectrum of audience – the spectators, who throng the Puja pandals during this time. Kolkata has around 80 established or ‘famous’ community Pujas, which are said to be must-sees for spectators. Over the last 30-40 years, many of these 80 odd Pujas and the pandals have become part & parcel of Puja tours of art hungry Bengalis. It is estimated that more than 150,000 visitors throng to each these famous Puja pandals during the six days, when the Pujas are thrown open to the public.

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