Tridhara Puja theme to outline effects of modernism
Kolkata: At a time when modernism and rapid urbanisation have pushed Mother Nature into the back seat, Devi Durga is arriving to restore the ecological balance. This is the idea that will be depicted through the theme: "Modernism — a Boon or a Curse" at Tridhara Akalbodhan club's Durga Puja this year.
"The advent of modern technology is gradually making us forget our culture, heritage, and above all humanity. We are pursuing the futuristic amenities and mechanisms in our day to day lives. However, too much dependence on machines has a negative impact. Love, compassion and sentiments hardly matter now and the present generation is more concerned with their outer self show and surroundings. The attitude needs a change This is what we want to bring about through our puja this year," Debasish Kumar, general secretary of Tridhara Akalbodhan club situated at Manoharpukur Road in South Kolkata said.
Artist Gourango Kuila who is bringing the theme alive maintained that he is trying to bring out a picture that multi-storeyed buildings are being erected out from the interiors of the earth and rearing its head in such a way which is seemingly destroying the balance of the environment.
"We are cutting down trees and planting 'artificial trees.' Devi Durga is coming with saplings of plants and rain water along with birds to maintain the ecological balance."
The club has entered into a partnership with Camden Durga Puja in London for exchange of different cultural programmes to be held in both Tridhara and London puja.
The Camden Durga Puja which falls in its 54th year this year, will have the Kanyashree project of the Bengal government as its theme.
The Kanyashree aimed at empowering girl child and curbing the menace of child marriage has been awarded at the UN in June this year.
Elaborating on the decoration of the pandal at Tridhara, Kuila said that it will be decked up with colourful umbrellas, clothes and discarded packaging materials.
"We want to deliver the message that old things should not always be dumped," he said.