Book Cover
Image-makers of Kumortuli and the Durga Puja Festival
Unknown Craftsmen of Bengal
Paper Type: Art Paper (Matt) | Size: 216 x 178 mm
All colour; 77 photographs
 Craft

 750

This book is a tribute to the image-makers of Kumortuli, as well as a social and cultural account of Durga Puja—the most important religious festival of Bengal. The potter communities of Kolkata, the kumors as they are colloquially known, are more than what the name suggests—they are artists. Tangible images of deities that form the crux of Hindu worship, find shape in the hands of these artisans, who, with sheer dedication to the craft, have kept the tradition alive for generations. Durga Puja, on the other hand, is not only the major religious festival of Bengal but has also evolved into a cultural extravaganza. From the point of view of sheer vastness and magnitude of organizational mobilization, it is comparable only to the global impact of Christmas. Through vivid photographs and absorbing text, the book captures Kolkata’s spirit of artistic creativity and spiritual ecstasy, embodied in these ephemeral constructs of clay, straw and bamboo. It also sensitively documents Bengal’s unique and most enduring cultural heritage of image worship.


Krishna Dutta
Krishna Dutta
Author
Jawed Naqvi
Jawed Naqvi
Foreword