Bengal's Biggest Carnival
Touriosity Travelmag|October 2020
The Durga Puja is like the Carnival of Bengal. People wait and plan for an entire year for these few days of the festival. But this year’s Durga Puja has been different. With almost no pandal hopping, restricted crowding, limited fanfare, this annual festival was celebrated sans the quintessential pomp and gaiety. Nevertheless, the theme of one particular Durga Puja in Kolkata managed to capture the attention of people worldwide with its heartwarming message and decor. Abhirup Ghosh has beautifully captured the unique decor and a close-up shot of the much talked about idol of Goddess Durga as a migrant mother from Barisha Club, Behala and shared his experience of talking with the organisers and designers of the pandal and the artist of the idol. TOURISIOTY hails the creativity and humanitarian approach of this Puja Committee in addressing one of the burning problems of the current times. We are happy to share this exclusive coverage.
Abhirup Ghosh, Kolkata

DURGA PUJA HONOURING THE PLIGHT OF THE MIGRANT LABOURERS

Durga Puja, in Kolkata, is all about grandeur. It is an extravagant display of art, cut-throat competition between the different clubs in the race of supremacy. Millions of people travel from different parts of the city and the nearby districts to witness this. But with the world currently undergoing a pandemic situation, the festival will not be the same this year. Many of the big-budget Puja Committees have slashed down their budgets to hold back the extravagant celebrations this time around. Some of them have resorted to themes intending to spread the word of caution among those visiting them, given the current situation.

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