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Durga Puja 2022

The fine print of Durga Puja 2022

Through three examples, Mudar Patherya celebrates Durga Puja details that often get elbowed out by the grandness of the pratima and pandal

Mudar Patherya | Published 03.10.22, 06:10 PM
Shadows are an important part of this year's Durga Puja theme at Vivekananda Athletic Club, Haridevpur, curated by Sushanto Paul

Shadows are an important part of this year's Durga Puja theme at Vivekananda Athletic Club, Haridevpur, curated by Sushanto Paul

Photograph: Mudar Patherya

Shadows: Anyone who chases shadows will spend time facing the walls and wooden floor at this Haridevpur puja. Most pujas accentuate light (as a metaphor for goodness); this puja dared to contrast. Was this accidental given the shape of the installation? My hunch says it was deliberate; lights were placed at specific angles to highlight metal curves and lines. I was fortunate to go at a time when there was hardly anyone around, so one could shoot virtually anything without visitors standing into the shadows or breaking my phone camera’s line of sight. 

Shiv Mandir, curated by Sourajit Banerjee

Shiv Mandir, curated by Sourajit Banerjee

Photograph: Mudar Patherya

Graffiti board: At this puja (set in a ruralised urban setting), I fell for this graffiti board hung around one of the buildings, indicating that the neighbourhood had been inducted into the story-telling.  Most would have designed red on white (this designer did the reverse); most would have used formal typeface (this designer used the manual); most would have fit the lines as neatly as possible (this designer used one translucent paint layer, enhancing the mood. 

Shiv Mandir, curated by Sourajit Banerjee

Shiv Mandir, curated by Sourajit Banerjee

Photograph: Mudar Patherya
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Commemorative plaque: Most would have dismissed the idea of marble plaques on the floor even while attempting to create an authentic mandir feel (“Khoob khaatni”). I saw these embedded and scattered across the floor of this puja across the viewing gallery. 

Last updated on 03.10.22, 08:57 PM
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