A run around the Pandals of Calcutta

I am planning on literally giving you , dear reader, the run-around…. A batchmate of mine, who for the sake of brevity we shall call the Running Man, has developed a taste of photographing the route he runs on… we of the Zedd, jest and call it “phogging” (Photographing while Jogging- for the un-initiated)…. Who knows whether its already a trend or what?

Let me run you through some of his photos , taken during the recent Durga Puja festivities in Calcutta. Just FYI, he runs while I personally prefer a more sedate amble.

Mahishasura made of tyres!
Inside the pandal… The tree of life… made of helmets… This pandal was highlighting road safety… Indeed a socially conscious organizing committee, highlighting the most important protector of the head of a biker!
The foreground has a speedometer… Literally to tell the avid Pandal hopper that speed kills!
Midway break at the Rabindra sarovar…. An oasis of calm and peace surrounded by the chaos of the city… which you cannot see ! Reflect on the quiet beauty ….. (not him, he is the beast)
Dada himself was there to welcome the Running Man to this pandal …And Varun Dhawan exhorting usage of scented vests for men to deal with B.O
An amazing pandal indeedy! … To the right are the various images of Durga… While to the left are images of women who have made a difference to society in some way or the other…. Celebrating the real Durgas amongst us!
Trapped in our gilded cages, we are! An illusion created by mirrors within steel cages lined by large flowers on the floor..
This is not a Pandal! Its just to check whether you were actually reading the captions… Luckily for us no one has aspirations to see the insides of this one….. though we all know someone who has been there, done that.
The compound wall of the German embassy… Zoom in to see the lovely street art…
The Maharajah meets Blondhairbraidix (inspired by the comix)
The logo of the “Missing girls”… Highlighting human trafficking…
At the entrance of the Surichi Sangha pandal… The roof is made of lakhs of small wire cages… The pandal was depicting urban decay…
Broken walls… Incomplete structures and a large traditional fan…with the crazy roof above…
The regal idol…
Urban decay .. broken roofs, protruding rebars… All this is a Pandal!!
The Chetla agrani Sangha pandal… Highlighting the modes of communication in the days gone by…. Made of post boxes on the outside…
The inside was grand…. The dome shaped roof was covered with a 3 D model of the entire city of Kolkata… You can see Eden gardens stadium at the bottom right…
The stunning idol of Maa Durga
Eden gardens, Victoria memorial, Howrah bridge… They were all there…

Well thats it for now…. more from the Running man will follow…… in due course. There is a lot of water in the Ganges and a lot of mileage in him, so we can expect to see more .

Credits: the Running Man! Those of you who know him, well you do know him. For the others, well, he is a good friend, an excellent athlete, a great father, and I hope his lovely wife will opine that he is the true Beast to her Beauty in perfect Disney style, and thats all you need to know. Blogged with his explicit permission.

Published by Delta Zulu Consultancy

I am a Public Health Specialist with a passion for sustainable promotion of human co-existence with the environment! My areas of interest and expertise are Health Risk Communication and Community Engagement, Food Safety, Environmental Medicine and Mass Gathering Medicine. I believe in leveraging the power of technology to capture the imagination of people to inspire them to achieve their health potential, in a sustainable manner. I aspire to empower my partners and motivate stake holders to consistently seek 'work around' solutions, while hoping to achieve an utopian ideal balance.

2 thoughts on “A run around the Pandals of Calcutta

  1. True education- wasn’t aware that pandals had themes and messages!
    Very descriptive writing- enjoyable.
    Look forward to more

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