This Photographer From Kolkata Has Captured The Best Of Bengalis Playing Holi

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His extensive work to capture the grandeur and heritage of unadulterated Bengali culture has inspired many photographers both in the city and outside of it. Debtanu Akuli is a well-known photographer in the city, famous for capturing iconic pictures of Bengalis playing Holi.

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Holi is really a wonderful time of the year. As photographers love to watch and capture happy moments, we decided to catch up with one of the best

When did you develop a passion for photography?

My passion for photography began back in 2008 when I used to work as an adviser at ICICI Bank. At that time I bought a camera by saving up some money.

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At what point did you realize that you want to take up photography as a full-time profession?

In 2009 I joined ‘Light & Shadow’ of Subhasish Banerjee and successfully completed my indoor & outdoor photography course. After that in 2010 I decided to take up photography as a full time profession.

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Can you tell us about your projects that involve Bengali culture?

During Durga Puja, I love to cover the Bengali Bonedi Pujas, interior photography of Bonedi Baris as well as capturing candid moments of the Bonedi families celebrating and keeping the grandeur of their ancestors alive.

Holi is of course among my favourite festivals as I am able to capture various colorful and candid moments of people celebrating.

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About Holi, which is the best place to capture the essence of Holi in Kolkata and in West Bengal?

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One week before the festival, Holi starts at the following

  1. JORASAKO
  2. RABINDRA BHARTI CAMPUS (Markatkunja) OFF B.T.ROAD (BETWEEN 3PM & 6PM)
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  3. GOLF GREEN  ON THE DAY OF HOLI FESTIVAL DAY AT 6:30AM ONWARD.
    (THESE 3 PLACES PEOPLE USE ANLY ABIR & ALL PEOPLE WEAR WONDERFUL DRESSES, MOSTLY IN YELLOW SARIS & PANJABIS)
  4. DOVER STREET BEHIND INDIAN MUSEUM. FOREGENERS PLAY HOLI. HERE PEOPLE USE WATER COLOR. (9AM ONWARDS)
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