Pre-wedding shoots with Durga

Pre-wedding shoots are increasingly becoming popular among young couples in Kolkata. Among several locations, Kumartuli is now a popular destination as studios are filled with colourful idols in the making.

A young couple gone for a pre-wedding shoot to Kumartuli



It’s said that marriages are made in Heaven. But nowadays, they are being made at some of the prominent locations of the city. Weddings in Kolkata have caught up with the West with concepts like ‘pre-wedding shoots’, where the bride and groom to be, take photo sessions in exotic locations to give their wedding album or video a special feel.

While Victoria Memorial, Mohar Kunja, Eco Park seem more appropriate locations for such shoots, in the last two months, Kolkata’s idolmaker locality has also become a hot favourite. Kumartuli has, surprisingly, become the most wanted destination of pre-wedding shoots this year. For the past two months, professional photographers are coming with their myriad equipment and soon-to-be-married couples in tow, to Kumartuli. Already, more than hundred prenup shoots have, so far, taken place at Kumartuli and according to the Kumartuli Mrit Shilpi Samity, more will take place in the next two weeks before Durga Puja.

Pre-wedding shoots are increasingly becoming popular in India amidst people of different economic backgrounds. Old heritage buildings of earlier zamindar families and more natural surroundings like the Hoogly riverbank are among the favourite places for pre-wedding shoots.

This year Kumartuli has been added to the list by wedding planners and photographers and videographers.

“This is not just for this year, for the past two years, prospective couples visit Kumartuli to take photographs against the backdrop of idols, specially of Ma Durga. But the craze seems to have increased this year,” said the manager of an event management company.

Tiasha Chakraborty and Abhishek Aich from Tollygunge have been together since their college days. They had decided to have their pre-wedding shoot done at Kumartuli. The couple will be marrying this this December. “We visit Kumartuli every year just before Puja. It is one of our favourite places. So we decided that our prenup shoot be taken here,” said Tiasha.

The members of Kumartuli Mrit Silpi Samity admitted that the number of pre-wedding shoot has gone up this year. “More than hundred pre-wedding shooting has so far taken place here. And we expect few dozens more in the last three weeks before puja,” said Kartik Pal, secretary, Kumartuli Mrit Shilpi Samity. He said that his association charges Rs 100 for each photo shoot.