Durga Puja: Woven in threads
With less than a month left for Kolkata to host Durga Puja in different corners of the city, the clubs are designing their pandals with varied decorations and themes to pull more visitors towards it.
Threads weighing 250 kilos, spread over 5 kilometers, will bring to life a riot of colours at Bhawanipur 75 Palli and renowned installation artist Somnath Mukhopadhyay comes together in their 49th year to create this grandiose.
"Mayer Aanchal" (The loose end of the saree of Mother Goddess when translated literally), as it is called, blends together the many motifs of Mother Goddess through a wonderland of threads.
"We always try to blend the traditional with the modern and Mayer Aanchal is the perfect blend of our traditions brought into the creative ambit by our artist Somnath Mukhopadhyay," said Subir Das, Secretary, Bhawanipur 75 Palli Sorbojanin Durgotsav Committee.
Somnath Mukhopadhyay is a celebrated artist who has been awarded several times in different competitions and he is bringing the theme of unity of different colours into one fabric called saree.
The name saree is very small but its symbolism is ancient. Threads of different girth will be used to form the aanchal that will blend into a fantasy world around Mother Goddess.
"The Aanchal form an integral part of the saree making a woman both beautiful and attractive. The very Aanchal is also a symbol of protection and abroo," Somnath said.
"In Mahabharat, Dushsashan became the archetypal villain when he pulled at the aanchal of Draupadi, the aanchal became the symbol of motherhood and protection in the iconic movie Mother India and the very aanchal became the symbol of peppy love in the melody 'Chor do Aaanchal' made famous by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle," Somnath said.
Woven in the threads of dedication and creativity, aanchal becomes the metaphor of human bond, unifying people of different colours into one fabric of love and care-'Unity in Diversity'.
It is with this thought that Bhwanipore 75 Palli brings to life "Mayer Aanchal" through which they have tried to stitch and weave human emotions and relationships.
The locality will be lit up with led lights in blue and white hue making the locality come resplendent with colour and lights. The blue and white stands for infinite sky like "Anchal" which protects the finite. While the mandap will be built over 4000 sqft area the Goddess will be 11 ft in height.
The very threads that will decorate the pandal will culminate into the aanchal of the Goddess making the effort unique and united.
Last year, they created the theme "Neel Sadai Ek Tukro Bhawanipore" and painted around 20 houses on the main road of their locality blue and white in sync with the theme of their pandal. The result was the city struck in wonder and five awards in their kitty including Kolkata Sree from Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Snowcem Paint Puja Perfect.
(Posted on 15-09-2013)