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Devi’s day out
Hindustan Times
New Delhi, October 11, 2013
First Published: 17:53 IST(11/10/2013)
Last Updated: 18:01 IST(11/10/2013)
An artisan gives the final touches to an idol of goddess Durga ahead of the Durga Puja festival at a workshop in Allahabad. (AFP Photo)
Whether it’s Ramlilas or Durga Pujas in Delhi this year, the gods are all standing up for women’s safety. For instance, the 17-year-old Chittaranjan Park D Block Durga Puja has themed its shows to drive clear the message that women must get their power back.

The puja has street-plays exploring challenges like domestic violence, work-place harassment, sexual abuse and rape, by noted theatre artist Arvind Gaur and his Asmita theatre group. “The message is that you worship her, but do you give her the same place in society?” asks Gaur.

Art’s ode to the occasion
Debi: This solo exhibition of installations by Narayan Sinha uses discarded traditional objects to present Debi as a bride between craft and fine arts. On till: Nov 15 at Art Alive Gallery, 120, Sector 44, Gurgaon Timings: 11 am-7pm

Devi…Devi: This exhibition of paintings by 10 women artists celebrates the power, beauty and glory of nine Goddesses from Indian mythology. On till Oct 26 at Art Indus Gallery, Santushti Shopping complex, Chanakyapuri. Timings: 11 am-7 pm

Home is where the goddess is
Besides the Pujas organised by various committees, there are those which take place at Bengali homes and have history attached to them. For example, those conducted by Mukherjees, the Homchowdhuries as well as the Guharoys. “Our puja is over 200 years old. It was started in Bangladesh before the Partition, and came here through Kolkata,” says Santosh Kumar Mukherjee, the head of the Mukherjee household Puja in CR Park. Sati Homchowdhury, who head Homchowdhury’s household Puja, says, “On all the four days starting from breakfast to dinner we feed almost 300 to 400 people. We shifted to Delhi in 1958.”

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