Kolkata Centre for Creativity and RRitobak Organized Durga Puja at Shobhabazar Rajbari : A Tryst with History and Heritage

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News Desk, News Nation 360 : Kolkata Centre for Creativity, a multidisciplinary art space in collaboration with ‘RRITOBAK’ is coming up with an exclusive art exhibition on the centuries’ old history of celebrating the auspicious Durga Puja at Shobhabazar Rajbari. The exhibition will comprise various artistic illustrations and narratives showcasing the ceremonious puja of Goddess Durga by Shri Prabir Krishna Deb, a descendent of Maharaja Nabakrishna Deb. The show will be held at KCC from 25th of September 2021 to 5th of October 2021 from 11 am to 6 pm, and will be open to all. The exhibition will have an inauguration ceremony on 25th September 2021 from 4 pm onwards which will begin with Chandi path by Ranendra Krishna Deb, followed by a welcome address by Richa Agarwal, Chairperson, Kolkata Centre for Creativity. The session will be followed by a speech by Chief Guest Jawhar Sircar, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha after which there will be a brief introduction by Reena Dawan, Director, Kolkata

Centre of Creativity on the exhibition, Durga Puja at Shobhabazar Rajbari: A Tryst with History and Heritage and the artist, followed by a speech by Prabir Krishna Deb and a book release by Jawhar Sircar. For the other days, on 26th September 2021 there will be a panel discussion on ‘Durgapujar ekal- sekal/ ekhane – okhane’ where panellists Atri Bhattacharya, Debanjan Chakrabarti, Sanatan Dinda will have their opinions on the topic. On 28th September 2021, there will be a Devi Bandana by Ranendra Krishna Deb followed by a panel discussion on ‘Shovabazar Rajbari tatha Kolkatar Durgapuja' where panellists Soumit Narayan Deb, Debasish Krishna Deb, Swapan Krishna Deb will be present to express their views and opinions. On 30th September 2021, the audience will see a Dance performance by Krishna Sanchari Deb followed by Sruti Natok by Soutindra Krishna Deb and his team. On 1st October 2021, there will be a Boithaki Adda by Soumith Narayan Deb and other members of the family. The illustrated narrative would recount Nabakrishna Deb's association with Robert Clive that can be traced back to the time when the former suggested that the latter seek blessings from the Goddess Durga for his triumph over Siraj-ud-daulah in the Battle of Plassey. The exhibition will aim to locate the gradual transition of the celebration from being an index of aristocratic status to its democratization and thereby understanding the initiation of an undying cultural valve that has become a defining aspect of the Bengali identity. Prabir Krishna Deb said that the illustrations which have been done in this exhibition purely depict the age-old Durga Puja celebrations at the Shobhabazar Rajbari which has a long legacy. It has been roughly 3 years since he has been involved in such illustrations and then realized that this could be given a proper shape. This was the time when he collaborated with RRITOBAK who published his illustrations in the form of a book. In such challenging times, such exhibitions are much needed not just for painters but also for art lovers. He feels extremely elated that Kolkata Centre for Creativity will be showcasing art and illustrations which will provide a glimpse of the Rajbari Durga puja to the audience, which he is sure will be loved by everybody. The exhibition would then be complemented by collateral talks on History, Heritage, and Relevance of Durga Puja in the context of the positioning of Bengal in global culture.  Additionally, events such as Book Release, Debi Bandana, Baithaki Adda, Dance Performance and Sruti Natok will enrich the experience of the audience. Overall it is a cumulative effort to put into perspective the Durga Puja celebrations of Shobhabazar Rajbari.

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Report : Anustup Kundu