The Durga Puja Festival is the biggest religious ceremony is Bengal and Calcutta had a festive appearance during the four days of the duration of 'puja' from 8th., Oct., 1959 to 11th, Oct., 1959.
Roll-1. Agfa Ultra-rapid.
C.S. of the Goddess Durga killing the Mahisasura who is in great pain - Camera tilts down.
M.L.S. of the 'puja' pandal with the 'purehit' (priest) worshipping with the sacred oil lamp and the crowd watching.
M.S. of the above - the drummer in F.G.
M.C.S. of the image of Goddess Durga with the hand of 'purehit' offering arati -a part of the ceremony
C.S. of the womenfolk worshipping with folded hands - camera pans from R to L.
C.S. of an old lady worshipping.
C.S. of children worshipping - camera pans from R to L.
C.S. of drum.
Roll -2. Kodak P.X. Type-B.
C.S. of the Goddess Durga.
C.S. of the God Kartika on peacock in fighting mood.
C.S. of the Demon God Mahisasura with the end of spear piercing his chest.
M.S. of placing the image on a meter lorry to be carried for immersion.
L.S.& M.S. of the image on moving motor lorry.
M.S. of placing the image on the boat before immersion.
M.S. of the image on beat in the river, Hooghly.
M.S. of another image being carried to the beat.
M.S. of the image being pushed in the water - children swimming etc.
The end shots of Roll-2 are taken in quickly falling sun.
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Background: The Durga Puja Festival is the biggest religious ceremony is Bengal and Calcutta had a festive appearance during the four days of the duration of 'puja' from 8th., Oct., 1959 to 11th, Oct., 1959. The huge artistic and lively image of the scene depicting the Goddess Durga on lien back killing the demon God Mahisasura in the great battle was worshipped by every Hindu during these four days. On 11th., the immersion ceremony of the images in the river Hooghly concluded the festival.