ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Creating New Myths

According to the mythical story the imagery of goddess Durga is a construct of the gods. At the turn of the century the cultural dimensions of the festival are being reordered by the priorities of capital.

Here is a representative piece of reporting on the celebration of the Durga puja in Calcutta:

At Ahiritola, the artist’s imagination has taken a flight. The bamboo pillars of the pandal have been shaped like Ganesha. Intricate carvings on jute mats with supari, aamra and peas are a refreshing change in this techno-savvy age...Patriotism is on a high here at Ekdalia Evergreen. While the pandal resembles the Indian map, the lighting depicts a huge Indian flag spread over the residential buildings on both sides. The lights at the gate are based on Vidyasagar’s Barna Parichay and Jogen Sarkar’s Hashikhushi... ...At Bagbazar, 28 feet by 18 feet ek-chala in daker saaj style is supposed to be the biggest in the city...Babubagan with idol in the traditional Bangla pattern, and the pandal structured as a Bishnupur temple is studded with 80,000 terracotta dolls.

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