Kolkata created another history during Durga Puja 2018

World’s first street graffiti dedicated for the work rights of sex workers unveiled at Ahiritola Jubakbrinda.

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Kolkata, the capital of the great motherland of many reformers, created another history again during Durga Puja, the most celebrated occasion of Bengal. The prior onset of puja this year turned into a divinity with the colors of humanity as world’s first street graffiti dedicated for the work rights of sex workers was unveiled at the puja premises of Ahiritola Jubakbrinda Durga Puja on the auspicious day of Mahalaya. The elegant presence of people from Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee gave the initiative a tinge of accomplishment.

Durga Puja, the greatest festival of Bengal is colorful and enriched in its own terms. The worship of womanhood is again at its peak and the entire city is gearing upon to spend the next fortnight with full of glee and celebration. Yet, while our reverence to Maa Durga is glorified in each corner of Bengal, a precious and beautiful form of womankind is left abandoned. With an aim of giving back the dignity and acknowledgment, the sex workers deserve and standing by the demands of work rights for them, Ahiritola Jubakbrinda, a well-known Durga Puja Committee of North Kolkata, has kept the theme of their Durga Puja as Utsarito Alo this year. They believe the sex workers in our society are either in the desperation of earning bread or to prevent the mainstream society from getting polluted, have always kept themselves aloof from social life. They relentlessly spend their life contributing for the society under a shade of silence, humiliation, and rejection whereas they also should be treated with the very same respect as other parts of mankind get. Our society takes pride in the devotion to Devi Durga, yet fails to worship the womanhood in all of its forms and walks of life. The city Durga Puja organizers are hence determined to support the journey of the sex workers pledging to return their basic rights to live in the society keeping their head high just like others.

A street long graffiti of about 300 feet have been drawn portraying the immense contribution of this community and featuring their untold story which the society has always been ignorant to. In World’s history, we have seen many wall graffiti dedicated for the sex workers but a street graffiti as such is first of its kind. The combined use of lively and gloomy colors illustrated varied shades of the life of sex workers. The artistry of the street long painting vividly represented the journey of a sex worker in a timeline sequence. Beginning with a door with three women’s faces peeping from behind to a distorted ‘Kumkum Line’ on a woman’s forehead signifying the tragedy of her fate- the graffiti depicted the touching story of this community with the palette of emotion and expertise.

Uttam Saha, Working president of Ahiritola Jubakbrinda stated, “Since ages, our orthodox society behaved towards the community of sex workers with a view of negligence. As a human being, we fail to realize that they are also someone’s mother, someone’s sister. They also have a family which should get their right to live a life with love and dignity from people, instead of bearing their torture and hatred. Ahiritola Jubakbrinda wanted to spread the awareness among people highlighting the life of sex workers through this street graffiti and the puja theme.”

An endeavor to light the lamp of joy in their soul too and enlighten the humanity in us once more by supporting the movement of sex workers to get their labor force right and treating them with the dignity and respect they deserve, the pre-puja celebration indeed started on a happy note.


Sayantani Datta

09 Oct 2018 10:52 AM

Kolkata is now actually going beyond it's way.....Love you Kolkata

Manasi Sinha

09 Oct 2018 01:56 PM

Real worship of Durga !

Rex Rakesh Mardi

09 Oct 2018 07:50 PM

many see the job well done but few come forward with a word of appreciation.Go ahead with your initiatives . ‘Wow’ and ‘ThankYou’ for all your great work.


10 Oct 2018 10:21 AM

Kolkata has always held the charm of the old India and now it's rising bars and progress keeping yet the culture alive...I inspire from kolkata.love kolkata

Sourav K Basu

11 Oct 2018 05:51 PM

It's really an Amazing Innovative for Organizing such an Awesome Street Painting Carnival during the Great National Festival of India & Bengal 'DURGA POOJA'..!! 😊🙏🙏🙏


11 Oct 2018 05:57 PM

This is Really An Amazing Initiative for Organizing Such An Awesome Street Painting Carnival During The Great National Festival Of India & Bengal 'DURGA POOJA'..!! 😊🙏🙏🙏


14 Oct 2018 11:09 PM

It was awesome thought. The way you people made the arrangements, seriously it was truly incredible. Love to visit again.

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