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Durga Puja

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Calcutta (made)

  • Date:

    2006 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Basu, Arpita, born 1964 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Mr Perry Smith

  • Museum number:

    IS.64-2006

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This composition is made up of many different scenes taking place in and around a household during the Durga Puja festival. The viewer enters the picture plane from a high view point and is encouraged to explore the various scenes.

The main focal point is in the bottom right hand quarter of the painting where there is a large-scale clay image of the goddess Durga killing the demon Mahishasura. A priest is seated in front of the Durga performing a ceremony, and in the foreground there are people bringing offerings and a musician playing a dhol drum.

There are a variety of other scenes taking place in the household; in the top right hand corner a group of women are resting, one is having her hair combed, vegetables are being prepared on the roof, men sit and talk, beside them a woman makes a flower garland, a boy climbs a ladder, two women stand on the balcony, and there are many doorways through which people are seen entering and leaving.

Physical description

This composition is made up of many different scenes taking place in and around a household during the Durga Puja festival. The viewer enters the picture plane from a high view point and is encouraged to explore the various scenes.

The main focal point is in the bottom right hand quarter of the painting where there is a large-scale clay image of the goddess Durga killing the demon Mahishasura. A priest is seated in front of the Durga performing a ceremony, and in the foreground there are people bringing offerings and a musician playing a dhol drum.

There are a variety of other scenes taking place in the household; in the top right hand corner a group of women are resting, one is having her hair combed, vegetables are being prepared on the roof, men sit and talk, beside them a woman makes a flower garland, a boy climbs a ladder, two women stand on the balcony, and there a many doorways through which people are seen entering and leaving.

Place of Origin

Calcutta (made)

Date

2006 (made)

Artist/maker

Basu, Arpita, born 1964 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper

Dimensions

Height: 29.6 in, Width: 20 in

Descriptive line

'Durga Puja', watercolour of household scenes during the Durga Puja festival, by Arpita Basu, Calcutta, 2006

Materials

Watercolour

Categories

Ceremonial objects; Religion; Hinduism

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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