|Make over of a serpentine North Kolkata By-lane with |
Street Art on the roadside Walls which transforms the
entire ambience... Nimtala Sarbojanin (2007)
Naatmandir, all this in a 12 ft wide typical North Kolkata lane
|Another example of a brilliant creation in an otherwise dinghy North Kolkata gully...|
an excellent fusion of contemporary design and traditional handicraft was
showcased with close to 5000 cotton figurines made by craftsmen of rural Bengal...
the highlight being a 16 ft. tall model at the Mandap Gate.... treatment of multitude of
colours underlined the memorable experience....
Darpanarayan Tagore Street Sarbojanin (2008)
The Bagbazar Sarbojanin idol has always been a sight to behold…. a towering Ek Chala structure, sculpted by Kartik Chandra Pal & Sons which is the same potter family who continue to create this idol right from the days of its initiation in 1919. From Bagbazar we usually turned southwards through Vivekananda Road, where we would take a quick stopover at Simla Byayam Samity which was again one of the veteran Puja committees of Kolkata. And the setting was typically very North Kolkata where the Puja was stationed on a small play square inside a tapering by-lane off the main road. The locality of Simulia (or Simla, as its colloquially called now) is draped in antiquity with the ancestral residence of Swami Vivekananda at a stone’s throw distance from where the Puja takes place. The aura of that locality itself would enthrall one and all, and the Simla Byayam Samity committee has toiled hard to maintain the austerity of the Pujas through the years.
|The by-lanes are so narrow that most of the Pandals are almost enwrapped|
by the adjoining Houses.... Nalin Sarkar Street Sarbojanin (2010)