The Durga quartet
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India, Oct. 19 -- Durga, also known as Devi or Shakti, is more than the symbol you see in pandals. This warrior goddess, atop her vahana or a lion, often carrying weapons, is seen as a manifestation of Mahishasuramardini, slayer of the shape-shifting buffalo demon Mahishasura. But there are many identities and emotions that she embodies, making her a complex and enriching version of feminity. It is her many facets that artist Dipto Narayan Chattopdhyay has captured over the years but he discusses four for Vivacity.
Dipto's first Durga created in 2008 is a hybrid study of Mahishasur Mardini. "I created it in mixed media on board (In my technique layer upon layer colour, wastage paper and waste polythene carry bags)," says the art...
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