The Cult of Durga

Durga Puja is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It’s the most important religious and social event in Kolkata. It involves a series of rituals which start from the production of effigies, building of the pandals, offerings of flower and worship, and then finally immersion of the effigies in the Ganges.

These monochrome photographs were made during my photography/multimedia workshop ‘The Cult of Durga’ which took place in Kolkata from September 29 to October 13, 2011. The audio slideshow (at the bottom) was produced using these photographs and others, and using ambient sound recorded during the events.

All Photographs © 2011 Tewfic El-Sawy. All text and images appearing on this web site are protected by United States and international copyright laws.

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