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The Pandal This temporary abode of Ma Durga in recent times is built in all conceivable forms and structuresreplicas of famous temples, parliament houses, mansions, fortsyou name it and its there. So intricate and elaborate are these structures that it is indeed sometimes difficult to figure out the Pandals and the real things. A lot of planning, hard work and dedication goes behind making the pandal, which, together with the composite images of Ma Durga housed inside it, a specific theme or thought process is showcased.

Take the example of this pandal, built on a busy cross road in North Kolkata. This pandal is a replica of a sun-chariot. Standing to a height of a two story building, this chariot rests on four giant 10 feet wheels and is being pulled by four 20 feet long and 17 feet high horses. The chariot is decorated with household objects of use like rolling pins, spoons, bowls and numerous other cast-iron items. The entire structure is made of thin plywood and the finished product as it appears is nothing short of brilliant. Sabyasachi had earlier posted a wonderful night photograph of this chariot pandal (all illuminated), which can be seen here.

To be honest photographing a work of art like these pandals is a challenge, if ones looking to add photographic value to the shot. This is where my learning from TE had come into play (I sincerely hope).

My quest for a different & original POV led me to squeeze myself is the narrowest of spaces in front of the horses & squat to get this low perspective. I loved these horses they were massive & absolutely lifelike. I cant even think of photographing real horses galloping in full flow over my head. But this is as close to the original (though exaggerated) as I can get to that! I don't know if I have been able to convey this feeling though this photograph.

I have posted a WS with the side perspective of the horses, with the passing woman (with offerings in her hand) providing scale.

ISO = 80
F = 43 mm

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