Keeping pace with creativity and innovative decorations at pandals in Kolkata, Salt Lake, which used to be known for its homely Block Pujas, have also gone big on themes and inventiveness, hoping to pull big crowds of pandal hoppers not only from the township but also across the city.
Organizers of the AE Part I Puja has themed their pandal on the pangs and difficulties of old age and how the young generation should help them through their difficulties. “This is our 36th year and we have put up giant installations of sticks, buses and umbrellas to depict our theme. The main mandap has been made in the shape of an old rajbari. I am certain, like the previous years, we will be among the big crowd-pullers in the township this time too,” said Supriyo Chakraborty, secretary of the organising committee.
At AK Block, the theme is a dense jungle, with a giant spider perched on its web. “We had planned the theme, keeping in mind possible rain during Pujas. If it rains, it will only add to the jungle theme. But we set up additional shades for people in case it starts pouring. Every year, we host around 1 lakh people a day and I am certain, it won’t be any different this year either,” said Raja Banik, convenor of the Puja committee.
The FD Block Puja committee, Salt Lake’s most popular and the biggest crowd-puller in the recent years, opened their pandal from Tuesday. “We have a theme of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ and have created installations, according to anecdotes from the book. We try to come up with something new and different,” said Banibrata Das, a senior member of the Puja committee.
Salt Lake will play host to 150-odd Pujas, with most of them being readied to be open from Wednesday. “We have our traffic management preparations ready. While we have started additional deployments outside some major pandals in Salt Lake and Lake Town from Tuesday, Wednesday onwards, our full force will be on the ground to manage traffic and ensure pandal hoppers as well as people headed to office and other work will not face trouble,” said a senior officer from the Bidhannagar Commisionerate.
Source: Times of India