Kumortuli Update

By Avik Chakraborty

To avoid the huge rush of enthusiasts that normally engulf Kumortuli a couple of months from now, I decided to visit there a bit early this year. I had my doubts to begin with.
“Perhaps the artists would not have started preparing the Durga idols so early, and I would not get decent snaps”, I thought.
However, to my surprise, when I reached Kumortuli last Saturday, I found them busy making the Durga idols. The work was still in its initial phase.

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The idols to be shipped to foreign shores were their primary priority. Those needed to be completed much in advance.
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Free from the crowd of photographers who normally throng the place, I took the liberty to spend the entire evening taking snaps and exploring the place. I asked one of the artists if they ever have a month without activity- a lag month so to say.
He replied that thanks to our ‘baro mashe tero parbon’, they never go out of work.
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