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Playing to the Gallery!

I have been thinking about it for a few years now. About how Maa Durga looks, more often than not, uninterested in slaying Mahishasur!

Bengalis, the world over, celebrate Durga Puja with the idol being the centre of all festivities and attractions. There is a huge art factor in it as well. Special artists are employed to construct the ‘perfect’ artistic idol of the divinity and the demon. Thrown in is some bit of wildlife as well, for effects.

Playing to the Gallery

Maa Durga

Notice if you will, carefully, how Maa Durga is actually playing to the crowds. She sometimes has a far-away look and sometimes looks as if she is eyeing the new saree or kurta that a Bangalee might be wearing. Down below, of course, is the poor ‘asur’ who is emoting hard to save his life, which doesnt get spared, eventually. He is grimacing, his teeth are clenched, his muscles are flexed tight and you can even see his veins popping! Brandishing a fearsome sword, he is charging at Maa Durga or maybe at her steed. The lion also is totally charged, fangs and claws bared like Wolverine. But the Mother… she is just there for some sort of photo opportunity. Wonder why?

I wish she would at least acknowledge the poor soul at her feet, rather than stand in a salsa-like pose, with one of her 10 hands engaged in battle. It is not fair to Mahishasur!

And a quick mention of the poor lion. Most times, the lion has so many more teeth in his mouth that the bugger must not be able to close his gob ever! There are times, when the king of jungle looks like Jerry with mane, trying to scare Tom.

Let us think of some precision moments. When the footballer kicks the ball past the goalie; when a cricketer sends the ball over the crowds; when a gymnast goes into convoluted summersaults or when a sprinter chests the tape – that is not the time when they make eye contact with the crowd or pose. Maa Durga is always depicted in that precision moment and she, unfortunately, is not interested in what is happening by Her Feet.

Cut! Take 2 please!


One comment on “Playing to the Gallery!

  1. S
    December 1, 2010

    Dear Mr Halder

    Chanced upon your comment while googling on mother goddess as Durga. If you may be interested to know, the far away look often depicted in the idols /form of the Hindu gods,if one may notice closely, often reflects compassion and the depth of knowledge which they personify. It may also be noted that goddess Durga while slaying the demon still has a benevolent look. As Mahisha represents the laziness (for moving towards the correct goal) in human mind, and she is out of her benevolence freeing the devotee of this laziness.

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