Artists from Chhau, hit hard by the pandemic, in the center of the famous southern city of Calcutta Puja
To give more visibility to the Chhau artists of the Purulia district during the Durga Puja, the Bhabanipur 75 Palli Puja committee decided to organize the folk dance throughout the festivities. With this, Puja organizers hope to help performers who have been hit hard by the pandemic and the associated lockdown restrictions.
In their performances, the Chhau artists stage episodes of epics such as the Mahabharata and Ramayana, the Puranas and local folklore. The Purulia style of the Chhau dance involves performers wearing masks and colorful clothing.
The artists who will perform at the famous South Kolkata Puja – which is in its 57th year and has chosen “Manobik [Humane]”As this year’s theme – are government enlisted.
“The Chhau dancers are part of the rich tapestry of the Bengal cultural milieu. They make us proud at home and abroad, ”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday after the inauguration of the puja.
Club Secretary Subir Das said, “We dedicate this Puja to the children and family members of the artists from Chhau to Purulia, donating them a significant portion of the subscription and stipend. the state, while making the premises available to them to perform and sell their wares. Many artists and artisans face financial difficulties as festivals and fairs have been canceled across the country amid the pandemic. We are inspired by our CM Mamta Banerjee and will do our part to help at least some of them.
Meanwhile, the organizers of the Kashi Bose Lane Durga Puja in northern Calcutta paid tribute to people from different walks of life who lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. Their theme is “Apurna [Incomplete]”, And keeping that, Durga’s idol was placed in two semicircles. Graffiti behind the idol highlights the cycle of life on Earth. Accessories like white clothes of different types were used. Most of the accessories used in the pandal are environmentally friendly items such as ropes and painted clothing.
“We wanted to explain that Ma Durga is tired of making our wishes come true. God has his own calculations. There are imbalances on Earth and imperfections in people, but when, in the name of development, we try to disrupt God’s creation, we face the consequences in the form of disasters, ”said Aditi Chakraborty who conceptualized the theme.
Puja General Secretary Soumen Dutta said: “We paid tribute to people from different walks of life who have lost their lives due to Covid. Clothes of different sizes were hung using bamboo sticks. These clothes are basically to remember their contribution to society.