Workers in a statue workshop by Ritesh Ghosh

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These sculptors work surrounded by their towering creations of Hindu gods.  The artists toil for days on the river-clay idols in preparation for Puja festivals - traditional rituals which celebrate the religion's deities.<br />
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The workers, aged between 25 and 55, make the faces and hands of the gods using moulds, then attach them to the bodies of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, and Durga, mother of the Hindu universe.  Photographer Ritesh Ghosh, 38, took pictures of the dramatic shadows cast by the statues in the 'potters alley' Kumartuli, in Kolkata, India.  SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.<br />
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