Face of an idol of goddess Durga

Photography – Durga puja idol making at Kumartuli, Kolkata

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, as then you will the workers busy preparing the idol. Some of the pictures that I have taken during my visit are given below –

A sculptor making the face of a clay idol
A sculptor making the face of a clay idol


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A man making a huge statue of goddess Kali
A man making a huge statue of goddess Kali
Sculptors making clay idols on the eve of Durga puja festival.
Sculptors making clay idols on the eve of Durga puja festival.
A sculptor making clay idols on the eve of Durga puja festival.
A sculptor making clay idols on the eve of Durga puja festival.


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A sculptor making clay idols in his shop
A sculptor making clay idols in his shop
Idol of goddess Durga
Idol of goddess Durga
An artist painting a goddess Durga idol at Kumartuli, Kolkata
An artist painting a goddess Durga idol at Kumartuli, Kolkata
Half made clay idol of goddess Durga
Half made clay idol of goddess Durga
A man making half made clay idol of goddess Durga
A man making half made clay idol of goddess Durga
Half made clay idol of goddess Durga
Half made clay idol of goddess Durga
A sculptor making clay idols on the eve of Durga puja festival.
A sculptor making clay idols on the eve of Durga puja festival.
Goddess Durga idols kept in a shed in Kumartuli in Kolkata.
Goddess Durga idols kept in a shed in Kumartuli in Kolkata.
A man preparing an idol of goddess Kali.
A man preparing an idol of goddess Kali.
A boy making clay idols in a roadside shop
A boy making clay idols in a roadside shop
A man making a huge statue of goddess Kali
A man making a huge statue of goddess Kali

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If you are interested in knowing more about West Bengal, visit my other blog on Kolkata handicraft fairCollege street kolkataKoley marketTiretti bazaarFlower show Kolkata, Galiff street, Kolkata photographyMahakal temple darjeeling, Dow hill kurseong, Mirik and Takdah.

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