Many Durga Puja committees in West Bengal have chosen the theme of the hardships confronted by migrant labourers whereas returning house throughout lockdown to COVID-19 pandemic difficulty for the five-day pageant ranging from October 22.
Whereas the journey of migrants and their plight within the first few months of lockdown struck a chord with many organisers, others have both paid tribute to COVID-19 warriors or confirmed coronavirus because the demon Mahisasura to be destroyed by the Goddess.
The pageant is comparatively low key this yr as a result of pandemic and financial recession triggered by the lockdown, however many Durga Puja organisers have nonetheless pitched for theme-based puja like in previous years on up to date points, designing pandal ornament, illumination and interiors – a development prevalent for the previous 20 years.
Taking over the migrant difficulty, Barisha Membership, within the southern fringes of metropolis, has put in the idol of a girl pausing for some time on the street path with a child in her lap and two youngsters.
“She is our Durga. Eight different fingers are seen on the background. She epitomises the migrant labourers’ ache, cries, struggling and resilience when enterprise actions got here to nil and street communication stopped. However nonetheless, the migrant labourers didn’t keep again. They boarded automobiles on their very own, walked 1000’s of miles, collapsed however once more stood up. That is our tribute to the migrants,” a puja committee spokesman stated.
At Naktala Udayan Sangha, a truck has been put up close to the marquee with fashions of migrant labourers, scrambling to get on board the car.
“Our pandal known as waves. It displays the waves of returning migrants from completely different corners. We’ve got employed migrant labourers from completely different districts to painting the theme,” puja committee office-bearer Anjan Das stated.
The return of migrant labourers on numerous modes of transport – on cycle, truck – or by strolling miles, has been depicted via mural works and fashions within the pandal of Kestopur Prafullakanon Paschim Adhibasibrindo, Secretary Ranjit Chakraborty stated.
“Our pandal will likely be inaugurated by the migrants who had been working around the clock since previous one month and through inauguration your entire locality will likely be plunged into darkness for some time to indicate respect to the migrants who had died throughout return,” Mr Chakraborty stated.
The battle of covid warriors towards the pathogen additionally options in pandals.
At Salt Lake’s A Ok Block, fashions of distributors, phuchka vendor, vegetable sellers are put up on the 2 sides of the pandal.
“Our pandal is themed on the hardships confronted by these individuals, who work in massive cities to eke out dwelling from their faraway houses in villages. That is our approach of remembering their hardships throughout the lockdown,” a spokesman of the puja committee Raja Banik stated.