200 years of Durga Puja in Kolkata
Being a part of Durga Puja is more than euphoria in Kolkata. It is a yearlong wait for four days. What began as a humble celebration of victory of good over evil in rich householdS is now a sponsored commercial affair. Thanks to the nuclear families that have evolved over the past couple of decades Durga Puja is now a contributory Puja by the neighbors in a locality. Each locality has a Pandal (a makeshift temple for the Goddess) and it is that time of the year when young and the old celebrate the festival with equal fervour.
A lot has changed in Kolkata in the last couple of years and most of the shopping is now in the comfort of malls rather than in open markets. However, some things are still the same.
Text and photos: SHAYANTANI SARKAR
Shayantani Sarkar has lived across the length and breadth of India, but spent her initial years in Kolkata, the city that influenced her most. She works in the IT industry and loves her work. She is passionate about travel and photography and reading Paulo Coelho. She relishes good food and gets high on Latin music. Discover more of her work at her blog
Also read about Kolkata's Durga Puja in Shayantani Sarkar's post on Traveler