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Kumartuli is a 0.5km by 0.5km area of North Calcutta near the banks of the river. For hundreds of years the local artists have been supplying idols of various hindu deities. Made of clay, hay and bamboo, these idols last the duration of the particular Puja, only to be immersed in the Ganga at the end. Typically, the idols are built in the road or courtyard adjacent to the residence. Cramped working conditions, poor payment and lack of work for most part of the year have made many shift to different professions but even today the place has a charm of its own, which can be best experienced during the period preceding Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of Bengalis. I was there on 13th and 14th September ...

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