Shakti’s Stylish Manifestation
by Rijuta Dey
August 31, 2009
Originally published in the Kolkata
Mirror ( short url: http://tinyurl.com/yc2oc88
Yards of history, culture and creativity - saris and femininity have
an intricate and subtle relationship that manifests everyday in an
Indian woman's life. Come sharat-kal and Durga Puja, we find
special reasons to indulge in these yards of grace and sensuality.
Crafts Council of West Bengal is organising an exhibition of saris
called Agomoni 2009: A celebration of life at Artisana,
offering uppada saris, silk and cotton paithani
saris, khadi sari, gadwal
saris, ikat saris, chanderi saris,
maheshwari saris, among others.
Ruby Pal Choudhuri, the elegant snowy haired director of Crafts Council
of West Bengal said, “Ma Durga’s power manifests within us everyday in
various ways. The goddesses’ ten hands allude to a woman’s daily
The exhibition was inaugurated on August 29 and saw a horde of well
dressed and stylish city ladies sharpen their claws as they jostled to
bag the exclusive sari. Dr Reba Som, director, Rabindranath Tagore
Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, graced the occasion as
chief guest and ruminated upon the significance of Ma Durga’s everyday
manifestation as feminine shakti. She also lent her voice to Tagore’s jagat jure aanando sur baaje and tumi daak diyecho kon shokale,
musically stoking the culture-laden ambience. “The sari has stayed on
for such a long time because of the excellence and innovation of Indian
weavers and artisans, who inject fresh life into the traditional six
yards,” smiled Reba.
“I love the fact that the buyers get
to interact with the creators
directly,” gushed visitor Nandita Pal Choudhuri. “I have picked up ten
beautiful pieces and want to see more,” she added.
evergreen zari border is an all-time hit
The aforementioned claws came out
when two ladies set eyes upon the same sari. “Dada eta aapni lukiye
rakhun, eta kintu aamakeyi chaai,”
whispered Purbi, a council
conspiratorially at the Orissa stall. Steve, a French national who was
spotted gazing at the burst of colours and distinctive cloths, seemed
obviously impressed. He was overheard wanting to take an intricately
worked sari as a wall hanging!
The exhibition is on until September 3, 10am-7pm daily.
Photos: Dipanjan Ghosh
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