Kolkata’s 1st ‘Pet-Friendly’ Durga Puja Pandal Winning Hearts; Vatican City theme for Sreebhumi
Bidhan Sarani Atlas Club is organizing a pet-friendly puja that won't simply invite furry pals but will likewise permit two-legged guests provided that they are joined by four legs on the initial three days of Puja.
Last year, UNESCO announced that Durga Puja is the best case of the public presentation of religion and workmanship, a flourishing ground for coordinated effort of specialists and originators. Hailed as a public workmanship presentation comparable to Venice Biennale and Rio Fair. Durga Puja, this year, starts on October 1 in Kolkata and all over India.
Tapati Guha Thakurta, a prestigious workmanship history specialist, and her group arranged the dossier shipped off UNESCO by the Association Social Service of the Public authority of India. As the report was submitted to UNESCO in Walk 2019, Durga Puja has been declared a Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by 2021.
Bidhan Sarani Atlas Club of North Kolkata is undoubtedly the most endearing of all. Their pandal will exhibit the topic of 'Safe house for pets'. The 'Asur' symbol has been replaced by two lost street dogs who are shown sitting under Maa Durga, petitioning God for a home. The 'Asur' has been shown riding a cruiser, pulverizing the young doggies under its wheel. He addresses individuals who thoughtlessly stump away over-road living beings while driving.
The puja will be inaugurated on the day of Mahalaya and for the first three days of durga puja: Pratipad, Dwitiya and Tritiya visitors will be allowed to enter into the pandal if they are accompanied by pet dogs. “From Chaturthi to Ekadashi, it will be open to all but if pet owners want to come, they are to call up our helpline (that will be announced soon) half an hour before arriving so we can create a VIP route for them slightly away from the general queue, which might have visitors who are scared of dogs,” says Bhattacharya.
Another famous puja pandal of Kolkata to watch out for would be the Vatican church: St. Peter's Basilica created by the Sreebhumi Sporting Club. Styled after the Holy Vatican city, this pandal is expected to be a massive crowd-puller. The club will change LakeTown of Kolkata into the Vatican City of Rome. This year the Goddess Durga would be designed with 22-carat gold. Famous artists from Shantiniketan and Kolkata are recreating Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings. The pandal will be open to the all from the day of Mahalaya, September 25, 2022.
Kolkata’s one of the most famous puja: Kabiraj Bagan Sarbojanin Puja committee has joined with a local councilor to recreate KK’s last performance at the Nazrul Manch auditorium as the theme of their Puja pandal this year. The pandal will be set as a replica of Nazrul Manch and the statue of KK has already been made. This puja is located near Arabindo Setu, also known as Kabiraj Bagan.
“This is the best way to offer our heartfelt gratitude to KK. Since the concert where this tragic event occurred was conducted by Gurudas College, which comes under Amal Chakroborty’s ward, he felt the need to do the best he could to reminisce the last good memory of the singer,” said Ankit Jaiswal of Crowdnxt Media Art, who conceptualized the idea.
In the 81st year of Singhi Park Sarbojanin Durga Puja of South Kolkata has decided to give tribute to Narayan Debnath, creator of Bantul the Great, Handa Bhonda and Nonte Fonte and the timeless characters created by him. The Durga idol, however, will be traditional as always.
At Singhi Park, whatever be the theme of the pandal, the style of the idol has never changed. “For the past 15 years, artist Pradip Rudra Pal has been making our idols and before that, it was his father Mohanbasi Rudra Pal. We have always followed the same model for the idol,” said Majumder.