A Chinese firm is set to showcase the extravaganza of their internationally acclaimed traditional lanterns to the city’s some leading Puja organisers at Nicco Park. If things work out as per plans, pandal hoppers are likely to experience the Chinese effects that would be created through silk and colourful lights of giant size lanterns during Puja next year.
The amusement park has tied up with the firm to host ‘the festival of magical Panda lights from China’ from November 1 to the mid of February in 2020. According to Nicco Park authorities, Kolkata is the first Indian city to have a replica of the Chinese Lunar Festival, which marks the final day of the Chinese New Year celebrations and falls on the 15th day of the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar.
“Installations of the lanterns that will be around 40-feet long are going on. Twenty-five artisans from Sichuan, southwest China, are helping out local workers to hang the lanterns on a floating platform set up on the lake that was earlier used for boating, which we have shifted to an adjacent smaller lake. Plans are afoot that we shall invite some big Puja organisers here once the festival is thrown open to public,” Abhijit Dutta, MD and CEO of Nicco Park, told TOI.
Asked whether the firm has floated any business plan in the city or elsewhere in the country, Dong Ping Wang, MD of the company, said, “We are now exploring the trends of using lights during festivals in India with the help of Nicco Park. If any good business opportunity comes our way, we shall definitely take a call on this.”
The Chinese representatives visited the Red Road Durga Puja Carnival on Friday. They are also keen on going to Chandannagore during Jagadhatri Puja in November, to see the famous lighting installations there. However, the upcoming festival of Chinese lights is likely to boost business for Nicco Park with extra revenues from the visitors after sunset.
“The annual footfall of people at this park comes around 10 to 12 lakh per year during daytime. We are expecting additional one lakh footfalls in four months when the festival of Chinese lights will go on. We are shelling out around Rs 5 to 6 crore to create a suitable infrastructure for the festival,” said Dutta.
The Chinese firm, Sichuan Illutrans Cultural Communication Co. Ltd is bringing steel structures and hand-painted silks to the city for the festival. “We are using silk as a common traditional link between the two countries,” said Yeeshian Chen, general manager of the firm.
Source: Times of India