Wednesday, February 8

Pujas depict dying art & the lost world

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Yuba Brinda, Ultadanga
Theme: Banglar Baro Haather Baroari

About the theme: What’s better than bringing to the fore one of Bengal’s dying textile arts? That’s exactly what Yuba Brinda in Ultadanga aims to do this year. Their theme, Banglar Baro Haather Baroari, revolves around tant. The art that continued to flourish during the Mughal rule is struggling to find a foothold in today’s retail market owing to the influx and popularity of synthetic fabrics. The theme throws light on revival of the art.
Artistic touch: The interiors of the Puja will show the intricacy in hand looms, the delicate nuances of
workmanship and Bengal’s rich tant history. Artist Tanmay Hazra has used tant saris, plywood, design dices and spinning wheels to deck up the interiors.

Work in progress:
20 labourers have been working all through the day for the past two months to bring the beautiful pandal to life. A loom has been placed inside the pandal where tant will be woven. How cool is that!

FD Block Sarbojonin Puja Committee
Theme: Nichhok E Binodon

About the theme: This year’s theme of FD Block Sarbojonin Puja Committee in Salt Lake is dubbed Nichhok E Binodon. The pandal will instantly transport you to the ‘lost world’ of the dinosaurs! The theme park has been conceptualised to draw kids and adults alike. Life-sized dinosaurs made out of fibre and thermocol have been installed inside. Light and sound effects will double the fun at this
pandal. No child’s play, this!

Artistic touch: Puja secretary Soumitra Mukhopadhyay said, “We have aimed at a light-hearted theme that kids will enjoy to the fullest.” Renowned artist Mintu Paul has given the pandal the right look. A huge aquarium too has been set up inside.

Work in progress:
70 labourers have been working hard for four months to make the theme park look as believable as possible.

Source: Times of India

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