1. Durga Puja 2016: Most unique pandal themes in Kolkata

Durga Puja 2016: Most unique pandal themes in Kolkata

While it's also celebrated grandly in other parts of the country, the festival is a mega bonanza for the Bengalis in Kolkata, with thousands of people flooding the puja pandals every year.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 7, 2016 8:31 PM
The festival of goddess Durga will be celebrated Oct. 7-11 when she will be worshiped along with her family to signify the win of good over evil. (AP) The festival of goddess Durga will be celebrated Oct. 7-11 when she will be worshiped along with her family to signify the win of good over evil. (AP)

Being one of the most celebrated festivals in India, with mostly Bengalis in almost every part of the country getting immersed in prayers before the Goddesses Durga, celebrating her victory over ‘Mahishasura’, Durga puja is grandly ceremonialised during the last 4-5 days of Navratri. While it’s also celebrated grandly in other parts of the country, the festival is a mega bonanza for the Bengalis in Kolkata, with thousands of people flooding the puja pandals every year. In a friendly competition with each other, major organisers in the city of joy make attempts to come up with the most unique and extraordinary themes, making  the five days festival glow up with immense colour and grandeur. Here is the list of a few most unique themes one can’t miss adorning this year:

Golaghata Sarbojoni Puja

post-box-durga-puja-theme-759 (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

Golaghata Sarbojoni Puja, one of the most popular area to visit during the Puja, has this year come up with a very unique theme dedicated to postcards stamps and letter-boxes. Set up with at least 50,000 postcards with the help of Kolkata BPO, the entire compound, created as a giant mail-box, is set to attract thousands of visitors during the 5 days of the grand festival.
Beliaghata 33 Pally

Farewell to yellow Taxi: The Iconic Yellow Taxi (Hindustan Motor ) is gradually fading away from Kolkata street now a days after. Hindustan Motors had suspended production from May 25, 2014 at his Uttarpara factory in West Bengal due to week demand and lack of funds.Like every years Beleghata 33 pally organised Duraga puja this year also theme of the puja is " Nostalgia" used .iconic ambassador more priciesly the yelow taxi. Organisers are using the ambassador car and parts of Ambassadors to decorate the pandal, bought 15 complete taxi , 200 silencer pipe ,300 gates of the car as well as other part of ambassaor.The artist of the Pandle is Shiv Sankar Das . Express photo by Partha Paul.27.09.16 (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

With the advancement of the automobile industries and modern cars taking over the iconic yellow Ambassadors manufactured by the Hindustan motors in Kolkata, Beliaghata 33 Pally has recreated the ”Nostalgia” by precisely using the yellow taxis as its theme for decorating the Pandal this year. Artists have creatively used 15 taxis, 200 silencer pipes, 300 car doors as well as other parts of the ambassador to give the pandal a classic grandeur, one can’t miss viewing this year during the Pujas.
Pallishree Sangha

Pallishree Puja committe organised Durga puja , at North Kolkata. Theme of the puja is Beautification of Kolkata with cleaniness with Ecological Balance. Pandal surrounding residence are color with different birds ,animal insec etc, in Kolkata on Thrusday . Express photo by Partha Paul.29.09.16. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

Celebrating its 68th Durga Puja, Pallishree Sangha has planned to take its visitors to a fantasy world during the five days of Puja. The artist has not only decorated the pandal with colours and art in the form of various animals, bugs and birds, but the entire locality has also been painted in a way to match the theme of the pandal. In its four months of hard work, the puja committee made the pandal area attractive to visitors, with hopes that people will save the environment getting inspired by how it looks in the areas bright and colourful ambience.
Deshapriya Park

Thousands hands of Maa Durga of Deshapriya Park in South Kolkata on Saturday. Express phto by Subham Dutta. 01.10.16 (Source: Express phto by Subham Dutta)

With its 80ft long idol last year and after creating history for making the highest idol, Deshapriya park is all set with a bigger theme this year. To give the pandal a strong mythological value, the artist this year has worked with a theme of ‘Hazar Haath’, which portrays Durga as mentioned in Chandi Path, in which the Goddess has 1000 hands to destroy 100 asuras (Demons). With around 30 people working for more than six months, the Deshapriya park is all set to attract more visitors this year during its five days celebrations.
Padmapukur Youth Association

Paddmapukur Young association celebrating The work of Film maestro Satyajit Ray , Ray's characters in the film Specially Gupi and Bagha along with Feluda and other . The famous characters role played by (left to right)Santosh Dutta, Utapal Dutta ,Tapen Chottopadhay and Rabi Ghosh seen in the pix along with Satyajit Ray (2nd from right) Express photo by Partha Paul.Kolkata.05.10.16. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

With an attempt to pay a rich tribute to the popular Bengali cinema and its film-makers, the Padmapukur Youth Association has planned to design its pandal with a theme paying homage to the Oscar-winning Bengali film-maker Satyajit Ray. The artists and organisers have recreated several characters of ray’s movies and have also used his movie posters to create the nostalgia of classic Bengali movies which will attract thousands of visitors this year.
Kabiraj Bagan Sarbajanin Durgotsab

Works in full swing at at Kabirajbagan puja pandal replia train of Kolkata Dhaka Moitree express . The theme of the puja is ' Cholun Berie ashi' a travel initiative . Express photo by Partha Paul. 30.09.2016 (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

Celebrating its Golden jubilee this year, the Kabiraj Bagan Sarbajanin Durgotsab organisers have taken the idea of ‘Maitrayee’ (friendship) as its theme to decorate the pandal. Artists have recreated the Maitrayee Express, the connects India and Bangladesh bridging gaps between the people of the two countries. Titled ”Cholo beriye asi” (Let’s go out), the puja committee attempts to attract travel-crazy visitors to their AC coaches and enjoy the puja in a unique way.

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