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Although observed throughout the country in its different manifestations, Durga Puja is the mother of all festivals in the State of West Bengal… spanning over five days in keeping with the almanac.
According to the Hindu faith, the authentic worship ‘Basanti Durga Puja’ is observed in late spring between March and April in limited areas. The popular form ‘Sharadiya Durga Puja’ is celebrated in autumn between September and October.
Once a household ritual, Durga Puja has evolved into a community affair and takes the shape of a protracted jamboree in West Bengal. Puja budgets can run anywhere between US$ 5,000 to upwards of US $100,000 attracting corporate involvement and showcasing exquisite art forms and illuminations.
What inspires me as a photographer?
What is truly inspiring is the ever fresh newness of life, its surprises, its twists and turns, its imponderables. It seems to be a passing show with sameness wheeling life around on the self-same rails. Yet, it is not so when viewed from within. Life changes as mind evolves. Things which looked uninteresting at a certain stage of the subjective evolution turns just their opposite later when mind ripens.
As Tennyson said, every moment dies a man, every moment one is born. Seemingly a little gleam in Time suspended between two Eternities, it is by no means a brief candle but a splendid torch. Sometimes I feel this way- if life has a second edition I would love to correct the proofs.
Since 2008, Jourdar, 27, has been working as a photographer for the North Bengal Bureau of The Statesman. A self taught photographer, he is convinced that photography is the only profession in the world that would never become boring. Sourav continues to capture for posterity moments of life… large and small, bitter and sweet. In addition to working as a photographer he looks after his ailing mother. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org