Durga Puja is just around the corner and Kolkata is all set to usher in Maa Durga. Kolkata is famous for its mind-blowing pandals which gain appreciation from all over India. Like every other year, this time, too, pandal associations from different part of the state has chosen theme to celebrate the festival. One such pandal association from Kolkata has grabbed eyeballs for choosing ‘migrant labourers’ as its theme.

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Photos of the idol and the Pandal are doing rounds of the social media, garnering praises. News agency ANI also tweeted photos of the Pandal depicting ‘the lives of migrants during COVID-19 pandemic’.

“We wanted to portray coming back home of the people of Bengal who were working outside the state, as coming back to their mother,” ANI quoted a member of the pandal association as saying.

According to a report in Indian Express, a non-governmental organisation, UPAJ India, said that one of the idols is inspired by an oil painting called ‘Darpamoyee’ by artist Bikash Bhattacharjee from his ‘Durga’ series, 1989.

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Bhattacharjee, who died on December 18, 2006, through his painting, depicted the life of the average middle-class Bengali family. Their aspirations, superstitions, hypocrisy and corruption, and even the violence that is endemic to Kolkata.

He used oils, acrylics, water-colours for his paintings. He was also awarded the highest award of Lalit Kala Akademi.