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Art carnival in Kumartuli

| Updated on April 26, 2019 Published on April 25, 2019

The Kolkata potters’ colony, famous for the Durga Puja idols it sculpts, was all decked up for the Bengali New Year and World Art Day

New Year’s Day was celebrated with vibrant works of art in Kolkata’s potter colony, Kumartuli. Poila Boishakh, or the Bengali New Year, was ushered in on April 15, which is also recognised as World Art Day. To mark the two occasions, the Rang Matir Panchali art carnival was held on April 14-15 in the locality where Durga Puja idols are created. The neighbourhood was decked up with installations, sculptures, murals, street art and photographs. Old buildings were given a fresh coat of paint . Brightly coloured taxis were a part of the carnival, too.

Sabyasachi Chatterjee, who runs Kolkata-based creative agency Creocraft, had approached the idol makers of Kumartuli with the idea for the carnival a month ago. The potters agreed, and the area’s three unions of idol makers came together for the festival.

Sushant Pal and Partha Dasgupta, known for their expertise in designing pandals, were mentors to the 30 artists (including three women) who worked on the exhibits. Three patients of the Pavlov Institute (of mental health) worked on the installations together with artisans Nabakumar Pal and Jiten Pal.

The atmosphere remained cheerful long after the festival wound up. The organisers plan to make the carnival an annual affair.

Jeet Sengupta is a Kolkata-based photographer

Published on April 25, 2019