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Photographer's Note

Durga Puja in Kolkata

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, dcor 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.

About this Image : This is one of the established and famous Pujas I mentioned above. Situated in North Kolkata, I managed to beat the crowd as I went during the afternoon, when normally people take rest after a full night out. Also it gave me some elbow room to do something different & experiment here...

Since I am not so adept with portrait shots, I tried one on a subject, something static, but something supremely beautiful..the orthodox face of the idol of Ma Durga.

Also experimented with framing using DOF...the OOF object is a fairly large bell which was part of the dcor in the pandal.

Im not sure whether you would like the experiment & the effect. If you dont, please do let me know...would definitely help my learning.

For Kolkatans...this is the Puja Pandal of Kumartuli in North Kolkata.


Tech. Specs :

ISO = 300 mm
F length = 212 mm
1/60 sec at f/3.3

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