PERCEPTIONS 7 - kolkata, the city of kali

Perceptions is Kamalan’s Newsletter that brings you a bi-monthly dose of India on a single theme. The India Travel Craftsman shares with you all that he loves.

A POEM

A chain of pearls

by Rabindranath Tagore

Mother, I shall weave a chain of pearls for thy neck
with my tears of sorrow.
The stars have wrought their anklets of light to deck thy feet,
but mine will hang upon thy breast.
Wealth and fame come from thee
and it is for thee to give or to withhold them.
But this my sorrow is absolutely mine own,
and when I bring it to thee as my offering
thou rewardest me with thy grace.

A PORTRAIT

Rabindranath tagore

In  1935

A PICTURE

Devi

by Satyajit Ray

A PERFORMANCE

Parvati baul live

At the Kabir Festival, 2014

A PATHWAY

in the embrace of durga, the mother goddess

“Travel with us to the ‘City of Kali’, Kolkata.
The Mother Goddess Durga, the Primeval Energy as they call her, arrives in Bengal every autumn as she vanquishes the forces of evil. As the city of Kolkata decks up like a bride to welcome her, people rejoice with decorations, ritual worship, music, dance and of course, food!