Kolkata Concealed the Last Day Grief of Durga Puja with a Grand Carnival This 2017, Here’s How

From “Maa Asche” to “Asche Bochor Abar Hobe” West Bengal celebrated their biggest festival Durga Puja at their fullest of energy. Unlike last year, this year the immersion carnival was ceremonialized on a larger scale.

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West Bengal State government organised this grand event at the iconic Indira Gandhi Sarani (erstwhile Red Road), where around 65 to 70 award winning and popular Puja Committees from the City of Joy and the adjacent areas immersed the idols. And these idols will be taken via this road, where around 20,000 spectators attended the event.

Sitting capacity of spectators was increased this year along with several lighting arrangements and other facilities.  The security had been heightened this time. Around 2000 police were posted in the area; CCTV cameras were fitted all over to have a clear monitor over the entire place.

Furthermore, additional security and safety procedures had been taken, like police booths, seven watch towers, fire tenders; four medical teams were readily available.

All the Puja committees who allotted for this event showcased their Puja, their idols, and the immersion dance and performances.

Around 50 members and 4 vehicles were allowed for each team to showcase their Puja. The spectators were huge in number, all participated equally watching the idols march for immersion. Big personalities, celebs and even foreign delegates who have come to town for the upcoming event FIFA U-17 were also present.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Governor K.N. Tripathi and other State Ministers and delegates were present in the carnival. State Government initiatives such as “Kanyashree Prakalpa” were featured during the event. Saurav Ganguly’s wife and an eminent Odissi dancer Dona Ganguly’s dance troupe’s dance performance were also on stage on the carnival. Other folk singers and dancers also joined the carnival showing their performances.

The grand event was surely eye-catching and left the spectators spellbound. It was a mixed feeling of joy, amazement and also a pinch of sadness as we all have to wait for another year for the Durga Puja celebration.

The idols were finally immersed in the Hooghly River after the carnival.


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