Thursday, September 21, 2023

Creativity takes centrestage at Durga puja pandals

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Jamshedpur : The steel city is revelling in the spirit of Durga Puja and with each passing day, people are becoming more enthusiastic and lively.

With about 311 puja pandals adoring, the city has turned into an exotic location where radiant faces of the people speak volumes of the importance of the festival. The artistically carved pandals of Goddess Durga are also attracting the devotees a lot.

Durga Puja is the time when the Bengalis are at their creative best. With mega festive season round the corner, can Jamshedpur be remains far behind. Craftsmen from the city along with their counterparts in West Bengal are giving shape to their creative ideas in the form of puja pandals.

From ancient temple to magic fort, the denizens would get opportunity to witness the best of pandals this season. When it comes to the celebration the creative talents of artists get a free flow, bringing out an array of interesting pandals by each of the more than 300 puja samitis in the city every year.

Jairam Youth Sporting Club in Adityapur has chosen South Africa as its Durga Puja theme and artisans from Bengal are working hard on it.

The club has hired Parvati Decorators of East Midnapore to replicate the wild jungles of Africa. As many as 50 workers are building a 60-feet-tall cane and bamboo temple.

The work on the mega pandal project in Adityapur began in July and is expected to be completed by October 12. The budget, excluding illumination, is over Rs 25 lakh, making it the most expensive pandal in the industrial city so far.

“It is common in our city to have a specially-created pandal for the worship of Durga. Every year devotees pour in to catch the glimpse of our pandal ,” said Anit Kar official Farm Area, Kadma Durga Puja committee.

About 22 artists from West Bengal would construct a pandal similar on the lines of an imaginary temple. The committee would spend three lakhs on the construction of pandals.

On the other hand known for its creative designs, the puja committee of New Sidgora has decided to construct a replica of the magical fort. Artists from Mednipur, West Bengal have been roped in prepare the pandal.

This year committees are chosing larger premises for the puja and that made this pandal possible.

Mahadev Mandal, a craftsmen hired on contract from Bengal, while putting finishing touches to a thermacol cut-out of a kalash said, �I used to make such decorations back home for the bigger decorators. When I saw that there is a good demand for such work, I joined a group that creates these structures. We have taken up a few projects this year and hope to receive good returns.

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