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Satyajit Ray central theme for many Durga pujas in Kolkata

Kolkata: Several Durga Puja organisers in the city have made the various works of Satyajit Rayas the central theme and recreated many aspects of his mo vies in their pandas as a tribute to his 101stbirth anniversary.


Some organisers have decided to focus on the strong women protagonists in Ray's movies, while some are going to recreate a scene from the iconic Pather Panchali and the music room from Jalsaghar to commemorate the occasion.


Designers will be using a lot of props, accessories and imageries to recreate the scenes inside the pandals. An entire ground in Baranagar is being transformed into Nischindipur village of ' Pather Panchali in its 79th year. Organisers Nainan Bandhab Samity are calling the theme Sata barshér Poreo Satyajit. A pond has been dug in the middle of the ground surrounded by naturally grown vegetables and flower gardens to give a feel of the countryside.

 

Fibre statues of Apu, Indir Thakur . Durga, Harihar, Sarbojaya and Prasanna, similar to the characters of Pather Panchali ', are shaping up at Mintu Paul's Kumartuli workshop which will be placed in the puja mandap apart from the traditional clay Durga idol.


" Apu and Durga run ning to catch a glimpse of a train, a famous scene of the film, will be the centre of attraction, " said Sudipto Kundu Chowdhury, the theme maker. Visitors will get a free booklet containing rare photographs and information on Ray.


At Hazra Udayan Sangha, the women characters of Ray will be in focus with the theme ' Devi Pokkho ' Artist Suvaprassana is the man behind the idea who instructed theme maker Snehasish Maity to juxtapose his idea through his artistic representation. The main entrance to the pandal will resemble the film camera used by Ray to shoot his movies. The Dur ga idol will be similar to that shown in the film ' Jai Baba Felunath ". " We plan to invite octogenarian actress Madhabi Mukherjee on Mahalaya to inaugurate it, " said Dipankar Baner jee, a club member. Actor Jeetu Kamal was present on the day of the hunt puja.


Tollygunge Adi Durga Mancha Puja in its 125th year, one of the oldest bar wari pujas in the city, plans to design the interior as the music room from the film ' Jalsaghar '. The two main entrances will be decorated with rare film posters of Ray. The interior will display black and white photographs of Ray BiluDutta, art director of the Tollywood industry is the puja theme maker this year.


 Taltala Sarbojonin Durgotsab of Haridevpur Banerjee Para too will pay tribute to Ray based on the theme ' Satyam Delhi ' in its 34th year through paintings. film posters and sketches.

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