Of Man and Goddess

'Of man and goddess' is an ongoing exploration of the clay workers lives at Kumartuli, Kolkata. Every year several tonnes of clay are excavated from the riverbed of the holy river Hooghly, to be then moulded and shaped by hand, into thousands of idols. These idols depict the Hindu goddess Durga in her many avatars, and travel far and wide across the state of Bengal to be worshipped in West Bengal's largest festival - the Durga Puja. At the end of nine days of worship and festivities, the labour of a few thousand workers who toil over months is then once again immersed into the river from whence it came.