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Immersion journey on bullock-cart at Kashmere Gate, Delhi
Photo story : Shouvik Basak

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Delhi and NCR Durga Puja 2011
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Durga Puja 2011

by Shouvik Basak

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Homeward bound - On a bullock cart

Photo story by
Shouvik Basak

Immersion journey on bullock cart
Kashmere Gate, Delhi

Delhi Durga Puja Samiti, popularly known as the Kashmere Gate Durga Puja, started in 1910 and is the oldest community Durga Puja of Delhi. It is held in the lawns of Bengali Senior Secondary School, at Alipur Road. In the last 100 years, it is admirable how the puja has been able to maintain the tradition of the past and hold on to its roots, generations after generation. The idol, in traditional ekchala daaker saaj, is crafted by artisans whose forefathers have been crafting for the last hundred years. An unique tradition still maintained is the immersion procession, on Dashami afternoon, when Maa Durga and her children travel on a bullock cart to the ghats of Yamuna. Hundred years ago that was the only means of transport but the organizers have held on to the tradition decade after decade. Surprisingly the bullocks are provided by the same family who used to provide them hundred years back.

Here is a photo series on the magnificent immersion journey from the premises of Bengali Senior Secondary School to the ghats of Yamuna.


Shouvik Basak is a serious photography enthusiast. Born and brought up in Kolkata (then Calcutta), he is currently based in Delhi area. He got interested in photography about a decade back, but took it up seriously since around 2011. His photographs have been showcased in various exhibitions and salons across India. In 2013 he received the distinction of AFIP from the Federation of Indian Photography. His works have been published in online media, national dailies and National Geographic Your Shot section.

Being an independent photographer, while he has the luxury to choose his subjects and story lines, he enjoys shooting documentary and editorial photo features. His works consist of informative content, including human interests, culture and daily life where the journalistic value is more evident.

By profession, he is in the IT industry. While his professional commitments keeps him busy throughout the week, he always finds time to satisfy his creative juices through various photographic and creative projects. In 2010 he co-founded, which uses primarily the visual medium to showcase the art, culture and heritage associated with the world famous Durga Puja festival.

Shouvik Basak's works can be viewed here.







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