On Vijay Dashami, RSS shakhas organise training sessions for people to practice and learn martial arts.
Organising Durga Pujas has become more popular because there is less financial investment involved, people in the city say.
Artists without professional training are exhibiting their talents across the city – from the imaginative pandals to the lively performances.
Designing and building the temporary pavilions that house the deity during West Bengal’s biggest annual festival remains the preserve of rural artisans – chiefly farmers and folk artists.
This week, the Time Machine looks at the mythology surrounding Durga and traditions of goddess worship.
Has communal hatred seeped into the Bengali-speaking middle class psyche?
This year’s controversy around West Bengal police’s order about idol immersion after Durga puja, on Muharram, was uncalled for, because the state has, through decades, celebrated different festivals at the same time.
Many attempts have been made to modernise the Mahalaya, but Bengalis still retain their love for the first one recorded for Akashvani in 1932.
In many everyday contexts, the accusation of ‘hurt religious sentiments’ does not apply to artistic expression.
Several Hindu outfits have said that they will ignore the government’s directives and will ask the puja committees to do the same.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also asked the people to cooperate with each other on the day of Muharram and not fall prey to provocation leading to communal problems.
The dhak might be getting a new lease of life as women have stormed a male bastion and have taken up playing Bengal’s traditional big drum.
Tarabai Shinde took far more liberty with Hinduism in her 1882 book than the students the Union HRD minister considers ‘seditious’.