|Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy)
|Date Taken: 2011-08-21|
|Camera: Olympus Pen EPL 1|
|Exposure: f/9.0, 1/25 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2011-12-24 6:19|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Durga Puja is the greatest festival of Bengal. people wait for the whole year to enjoy the four days of this grand occasion. those who work and stay outside of Bengal, they wait for this time to come home and enjoy at their best with friends and families. those who stay in Bengal, many of them utilize the 'puja vacation' to satisfy the explorers in them and set out for traveling. this is the occasion of light, food and new dresses. this is the occasion of staying awake for whole of nights and pandel-hopping.. of buying new things at the expense of 'puja bonus' as a gift they get from their employers. it is the occasion of receiving and giving gifts.|
but the most exciting part of Durga puja is to count down the days, and wait for the date. a hidden excitement overflows in the hearts. waiting. patience. shopping. planning. grooming.
and at the other end of the city, which by then becomes, the most important part indeed, the idols of Goddess Durga evolve into Bengali's close to the heart, Ma Durga, through the hard works, perfection, devotion and techniques of the artists cum potters of Kumortuli.
so, 'agomani', is not only felt in the clear blue sky that appears just after the dark monsoon... not only, with the floating white autumn clouds... it is felt in the lovely sunny weather and with the seasonal 'Shiuli' flowers (night-flowering jasmines)... with 'Sthal Padma' flowers (land lotus), and definitely...
in the activities and artwork of the potters of Kumortuli. they surely know some magic, and that's why an idol of clay and hay, can grow so much impact on the whole population of Bengal and gift them their beloved 'Devi Ma Durga'....
and what people had always prayed to Her, this way or that way, was, the victory of light over darkness... the victory of good over evil...
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