Mother in the Making: Moulding the Void (CELEBRATING DURGA)
Peter Bjorn Franceschi and Translations by Minati Kar
  • ISBN : 9789385360428
  • year : 2019
  • language : English
  • binding : Hardbound
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The Goddess Devi is worshipped during the autumnal festival of Durga Pujo in Bengal every year. In this volume, Peter Bjørn Franceschi presents a visual diary of the mother goddess in the making. The book takes us through the winding lanes of Kumartuli, home to the master artists who craft the clay idols of the Devi for the Durga Pujo. Accompanying these photographs are verses from Sankaracharya’s poetic work in Sanksrit, Saundaryalahari (Waves of Beauty), translated by the scholar Minati Kar. The work is a paean to the Goddess Durga, entwining Advaita Vedanta and Tantra philosophy to paint a splendid picture of Devi. These poetic descriptions serve as a deeper layer to the visuals, and as an alternate way of interpreting the process of image-making.