Bong Valentine!

As the situations say, Red can be said to be the color of Love and also of February. Possibly the whole world celebrates being with their loved ones on 14th of this month and we the Bengalis make the best of it on the much awaited Saraswati Puja! So we are on a benefit here.

Almost all of us celebrate the puja; with no studying as the elders have always told us and we have believed. But soon, that became a tradition and people find their way out of this contextual matters to escape in their deepest desires to be with the ones for whom they have great liking for. Don’t have that fear, that you are the only one who is left alone and have no one to cuddle with. Even some of the unluckiest single ones manage to gather some love on this auspicious day. Just follow the rules and dress in the traditional way.

Leaving the jokes aside, I decided to take a sneak peek in Kumartuli, one of the busiest places during these puja sessions. While the lovebirds make their busy plans as to how to celebrate the day, to their fullest, some of the people in this area stay awake day and night just to turn their hard work and sweat to give rise to something beautiful that can only be experienced through their work of art. The way the mounds of clay are being turned into parts of an idol is worth appraising and worth mentioning. Some hundreds of workshops are there in this very small area near the Shovabazaar Ghats. And within it lies the uncountable dreams of many brave hearts.

The way these heaps of wet clay are turned into hands and feet of the idol, can only be believed if you see them and the only thing I can infer that, art is still surviving, but is yet to gain its proper recognition. Festive times are the only moments when, the importance of these innumerable numbers of unknown artists can be felt. Otherwise they are just presumed to be useless. They have left their families far behind and only for a certain amount of hope to survive, they have come here. They are creating gold out of their producing powers along with their imagination and with the help of their emotional power and their beautiful thoughts. This skillful combination is strongly visible in their creative expertise.

Faces of the idol have been changing through the eras, as with the thinking concepts of people and with the artistic desires of these skilled craftsmen. Some of them bear the traditional looks and some of them bear the face with a combination of a sage or an age old mythological reference. But every single statuette can be hardly seen to be repeated. Behind the dazzling appearance of each earthen figurine, there is a designing team, who are equally responsible for the success story of each workshop. Cutting the background designs and attaching various glitters to abide by the same contrast, seriously needs a good eye and a good designing concept. And they are keeping a strong affair with the workers to shine with an eloquent perspective of sensitiveness.

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“On the way towards the workshops!”

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“The food centers and tea stalls often serve as the place to have a gossip about the regularities of life.”

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“Shrouded within the veil, to reveal her presence slowly.”

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“Idols are being made as they climb out of their first state of being.”

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“The sale has already begun with some of them still getting prepared!”

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“Colorful Vibes just at the entrance.”

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“Earthen beauties, made with their hands.”

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“Waiting for their turns to be complete.”

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“The lanes depict the history from Christmas traditions to Lover’s Paradise.”

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“Artist and his Artwork.”

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“Staring, while she gets the makeover!”

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“The first stage is often filled up with hays and bamboo to give the shape.”

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“And fine legs to help you stand strong.”

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“Sharpening effort.”

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“Busy”

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“Hands of minute details, need a careful craftsmanship.”

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“At work, with upside down umbrellas.”

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“This one’s bound to be large!”

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“The main beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.”

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“Earthen Blessings!”

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“For the love of Blues Music, my heart still circulates and the fingers still can pluck.”

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“A turn round the artist’s corner.”

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“Hungry!”

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“Spraying Emotions.”

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“When She, gets her first vision of her creator.”

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“The power of sight and the beauty!”

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“Like a bride, she gears up for her weekend date.”

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“Traditional Patterns.”

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“She gets her Bina (Musical Instrument).”

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“Chaos amidst beauties.”

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“Inspiration.”

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“Earthen Jewelries.”

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“Grand.”

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“Workshops, where the post processing of the Idols are done!”

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“A view from the inside of the art station.”

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“The strewn hairs and the sarees for Her.”

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“Decorations.”

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“Entwined.”

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“Paper Ornaments.”

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“Blue Decorations.”

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“Trinkets of Joy.”

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“The dark room is where the arts meet.”

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“Spread of colors.”

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“Flavor of aesthetic senses.”

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“Comfort”

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“Waiting!”

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“When She gets a new crown.”

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“Simple tradition.”

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“Dressing her with the ornaments, before bidding her farewell.”

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“The final touch!”

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“Glorified.”

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“Vibrant.”

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“Patience.”

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“And Her Journey begins.”

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“Towards Her destiny.”

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“Bon Voyage!”

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“Spreading Love on it’s way!”

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. i never knew u had such a great blog 🙂 amazing work seriously….

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ritgentar says:

      Thank you so so much!

      Liked by 1 person

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