Here to Eternity

Here to Eternity

A Journey from Gangasagar to Kumbh Mela

Here to Eternity depicts a fascinating pictorial journey from samsara (day to day world) to nirvana (salvation), a journey that has fascinated scholars and writers, rationalists and spiritualists alike across centuries. And perhaps nowhere else this journey comes to life more vividly and colourfully than at the Kumbh and the Gangasagar congregations. Barun Datta’s camera lingers lovingly on the teeming multitude at Kumbh Mela and Gangasagar Mela to offer us a visual insight of man’s relentless quest to take the flight from the mundane to the spiritual. Datta shoots like a great painter, with rare insight and empathy and without affectation.

Author
Barun K. Datta

Born in Chinsura, West Bengal, Barun Datta is an avid trekker which prompted this peripatetic traveller to take up the camera for capturing breathtaking pictures of mountain landscapes. Inspired by Henri Cartier Bresson and Raghubir Singh, the simple and unassuming  Datta  went on relentlessly from place to place to artistically capture life in a state of flux. The photographs of this employee of the Institute of Child Health, Kolkata, transcend the time and the place creating and album that covers the whole gamut of human emotions.