Durga Puja Festival in a Wealthy Household, 1809

দূর্গাপূজা ১৮০৯
সেবক রাম অঙ্কিত পাটনা-শৈলী জলরং চিত্র
Watercolour depicting a Durga Puja, by Sevak Ram (c.1770-c.1830) in the Patna style, c.1809.
Durga is a form of the Great Goddess Devi; she is considered to be one in a variety of personalities of the Hindu goddess. She is most well known as the goddess who killed the Buffalo Demon Mahisha. The Durga puja is an autumn festival where her victory is celebrated and other elements of her mythology are remembered. In this drawing, male dancers and musicians are performing before an image of the goddess Durga installed inside a house. The shrine to Durga depicts her in the moment of triumph over Mahisha. On the left a group of three men are seated on painted stools, one smoking a hookah.

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Durga Puja Festival In An Upscale Calcutta House, 1840

দুর্গাপূজা উৎসব উপলক্ষে নৃত্য-গীত অনুষ্ঠানে সমাগত বিদেশী আতিথি
উইলিয়াম প্রিন্সেপ অঙ্কিত জলরং চিত্র, c১৮৪০
Europeans being entertained by dancers and musicians in a splendid Indian house during Durga puja, painted in watercolour by William Prinsep (1794-1874), c1840. The subject matter and treatment is rather unlike Prinsep’s normal style, and it is possible that this is based on another artist’s composition, possibly W.F. Hutchisson’s. William Prinsep, a merchant with the Calcutta firm of Palmer & Company, came from a family who had served in India for several generations. Five of his brothers were also in the country.
source: British Library (bl.uk)