View Fullscreen
1/7

(Photo Courtesy: Payal Mohanka)

Rain Drains the Colours Out of Kolkata’s Longest Alpona Overnight

Perhaps it’s a constant reminder about the transient nature of all things beautiful.

Updated
Photos
2 min read

On Tuesday at dawn the city woke up to the buzz of a record-breaking 1.5 km long Alpona on Lake Road in South Kolkata.  Four hundred students from the Government College of Art and Craft  and the Indian Art College worked overnight  to create the traditional Bengali floor art as part of a corporate initiative.

Twenty-four hours later, the vibrant and magical creation is a shadow of its former self as a steady drizzle and heavy traffic took its toll.

While the city laments the fading of this beautiful artwork, Chhatrapati Dutta, Principal, Government College of Art and Craft, has a pragmatic view:

It was a fantastic endeavour. It created great excitement but it was meant to vanish. There is nothing to be sad. It happened. That is the important thing. It wasn’t meant to be preserved. Our traditions fade away. We create them again. This beauty is meant to be experienced. The creative practice will continue.

A beautiful precursor to the city’s much awaited Durga Puja, and a constant reminder about the transient nature of all things beautiful.

Liked this story? We'll send you more. Subscribe to The Quint's newsletter and get selected stories delivered to your inbox every day. Click to get started.

The Quint is available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, click to join.

Published: 
Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!