Kumartuli is a traditional potters colony in Northern Kolkata. During the months of August and September, before the start of Durga puja festival, it is visited by a huge number of photographers from novice to professional, who take the pictures of idols being prepared. One has to go through a lot of narrow lanes, which houses the workshops of these potters. These potters work from morning till night and sometimes they barely get to sleep due to the huge workload. That’s why, it is advised to careful while taking pictures, so that you inadvertently don’t knock down or break any idol.
If are new if might be difficult to locate the workshop of these potters, so it is best to ask local people. There is a nominal entry fees of 10 rupees. The best time for photography would be before the start of a major Hindu festival like Durga puja, Kali puja, Saraswati puja, Ganesh chaturthi etc as then you can click the workers busy preparing the idol. Some of the pictures that I have taken during my visit are given below –
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