Durga Puja: A festival where modernity blends with heritage
The excitement is building up and so is the enthusiasm. The countdown to Bengal’s biggest festival has already begun. Nandini Guha sneak peeks into the meticulously-curated pandals and idols waiting to be thrown open, including the latest theme-based ones along with the vintage, iconic Durga Pujas.
The big Bengali festival — that begins and ends with the worship of Goddess Durga and her family for five days every year — is just round the corner. But somewhere, today's Goddess is a solitary figure — overseeing the loneliness of the selfie-clicking generation, somewhere she is a mime artist in black and white, somewhere she is a rustic girl with no traditional armour in her hand, bereft of the trishul, somewhere she is a Thai lady in a lofty, pristine pagoda. Just as the times have changed, Durga idol makers are creating today's Durga in a plethora of themes — both Indian and foreign — tradition flowing seamlessly into contemporaneity.