Sacred Process

 

Kumortuli | Sacred Process

In preparation for the annual Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, workers create various Hindu gods and goddesses out of straw and mud. They collect clay in the Hooghly river and distribute it at the ghats around Kumartuli, the traditional potters’ quarter of West Bengal’s capital. Day and night sculptures are built by hand from one generation to the next. As manufacturers have a strong relationship to their deities, it is said that most of them are Shaktas.

July 2018