Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's pet project Kanyashree will come alive at the Durga puja pandal of Shibshankar United Club based in Baguiati's Ashwini Nagar this year. The various benefits of Kanyashree will be highlighted through oil paintings by theme maker Debabrata Roy.
"Since Mamata Banerjee took over as the Chief Minister of Bengal, she has ushered in a number of people-friendly projects. The Kanyashree project has made us proud at the international level as it bagged the first prize for Public Service out of a total of 552 projects from 62 countries that were nominated for the award at Hague, Netherlands in June. The way it has transformed the lives of girl child in the state is simply exemplary. So we decided to go forward with Kanyashree as the theme," Roy said.
The Chief Minister taking the prize at Hague will also be one of the subject for the oil painting that will deck up the pandal. There will be oil paintings showing girl children pursuing studies, handicrafts and engaging in other activities and ultimately fulfilling their dreams. "There will be models of big size pens and pencils to create an imagery of how the girl child has deviated from the path of early marriage and have taken up pens and pencils in their hands," Roy said elaborating on the theme. The pandal will also have things made of clay that are used by rural women for their household chores.
The Durga idol that is being made in Burdwan at the behest of Roy will also bring out an underlying image that a girl child is being married forcibly and the police coming to her rescue. "The idea is to show that child marriage is a social crime and should be stopped," secretary of the puja committee Sujit Mondal said.
The idols of Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesha will be clad in school dresses. The basic idea is to portray Devi Durga as the Mother (Ma) who advises her children to go to school.
Kanyashree is a targeted conditional cash-transfer scheme aimed at retaining girls in schools and other educational institutions. It also aims towards skill development and preventing child marriage. Over four million adolescent girls have already enrolled in the scheme.