Durga Puja in West Bengal, mainly in the capital Kolkata, is synonymous with prosperity and themed pandals depicting various aspects of human life. It attracts people from all over the state – sometimes even the country and the world – who make a pit stop here to enjoy a creative splash of one of the country’s biggest cultural events.
Last year, amid the pandemic, coronavirus It was a hit topic among idol makers and pandal planners. Even if you remembermigrant mother‘ (Goddess Durga looked like a migrant worker carrying her children at Kolkata’s Barisha Club), which made a lot of news, because of how timely it was.
And in the years before that, there were depictions of many things under the sun, from travel-themed awnings, to biscuits and even ice-sculpted figurines! Suppose there is no dearth of talent and ideas in sculpting sculptures and deciding on subjects in Kolkata. A handsome prize money/reward is a huge incentive.
While the pandemic continues to rage and things are looking grim, that hasn’t stopped people from unleashing their creative talents, which have been in the news and widely photographed days before the festival’s actual start this year. While there is a cap on gatherings, and social-distancing norms continue to be followed, conspicuous discussion and chaotic madness is absent. But, you can still enjoy the event virtually.
Here’s a round-up of some interesting topics this year. Should you consider stepping out, make sure you enjoy the festival safely.
*Trust Kolkata Durga Puja Pandal to show you whatever the news is making as a whole pandal. express solidarity with farmers – who continue to protest across the country against the Centre’s agricultural laws – in the wake of the recent incident in Uttar Pradesh Lakhimpur A puja pandal in Kheri district, Kolkata is set up to mimic the sad episode.
* Naveen Bharat Photographer Shashi Ghosh also shared pictures of a puja pandal in Nalin Sarkar Street, which is made to look like 70s Bollywood, with hand-painted commercials and old film posters and actor’s cutouts Is. The subject is aptly named ‘firiya do tulir tan’, which means, ‘give us the brush strokes back’ – a form of art that has been lost in the digital age.
* This year Kolkata’s Sreebhumi Sporting Club has replicated Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The club has designed a 145 ft pandal which has been made to look like the iconic Dubai Tower.
* Hattibagan Sarbojanin Club has built its pandal on ‘Theme’.pichutan‘, which means craving or longing for something that you can’t go back to. Simply put, it recreates the Kolkata of the 70s. This year’s puja will be held to show how it was done in old Kolkata many decades ago.
* This picture of Kashi Bose Lane Durga Puja, which is in its 84th year, is mesmerizing. While the topic is unknown, we love the aesthetics and intricacies.
* In the Bandhu Mahal Club in Baguiati, one idol is installed with gold eyes and the other idol is draped in a sari with gold embroidery on it. Karthik Ghosh, an organizer told that the sari is worth Rs 1.5 lakh and the eyes of the idol are made of more than 10 grams of gold. ANI.
West Bengal: Goddess Durga wears a gold designer saree and her eyes are made of gold at a pandal in Baguiati, Kolkata
“The saree which uses 6 grams of gold costs Rs 1.5 lakh. The eyes of the idol are made of more than 10 grams of gold,” says Kartik Ghosh, an organizer pic.twitter.com/8SizmIoKFP
— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2021
* At Nabeen Palli Puja in North Kolkata, the pandal has been designed to pay tribute to those who died during the second wave of COVID infection. The pictures of the deceased, hanging urns and Mahishasura with folded hands are a horrifying reminder that the greatest evil is to fight the pandemic.