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Darshan on the wheels: Amid COVID-19, Kolkata provides drive-in Durga Puja

This 12 months marks Satyajit Ray’s delivery centenary and with Durga Puja developing in October, three committees have joined palms to not solely select Apu Trilogy because the theme for the three marquees but additionally discovered a substitute for COVID-19 social distancing. Badamtala Ashar Sangha, 66 Palli and Kalighat Nepal Bhattacharjee Road Membership are providing a drive-in darshan for Durga Puja this 12 months in Kolkata for the occasion titled ‘Bhooter Raja Dilo Bor’.

It comes from a music featured in Satyajit Ray’s Goopi Gyne Bagha Byne and interprets to ‘The King of Ghosts has Given Boons’. Texas resident Mridul Pathak, a patron of Badamtala Ashar Sangha, got here up with the concept of a drive-in darshan amid COVID-19.

Pathak’s non-profit organisation Worldwide Basis for Sustainable Growth (IFSD) is in control of the occasion. The three Durga puja committees are situated inside a 1 km stretch in south Kolkata and can observe the idea of drive-in darshan to keep away from mass crowding close to the pandals.

So what if the pandal hopping, cultural occasions and feasting have been swept underneath the darkish shadow of COVID-19? The three Durga puja committees in south Kolkata have discovered the proper different forward of the competition by providing the drive-in darshan.

Devotees will likely be required to decelerate their automobile after they enter the pandal, first of which will likely be Badamtala with scenes from Pather Panchali. With out stepping out, folks can view the idols going through the lane and drive on to the subsequent pandal which will likely be by 66 Palli with Aparajito.

The final in line would be the pandal by Nepal Bhattacharjee which is able to depict scenes of Apur Sansar. For the reason that drive-in route has been mapped in a sure approach, all automobiles will likely be sanitised by way of a pipe bathe earlier than getting into every puja pandal.

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