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Bandan Raha

Puja theme conceptualiser

Were the Pujas observed with great religious fervour in the recent past' Rather, organisers today are more careful about the ritualistic aspects due to fear of losing points in the calculations of the award judges. This quest for novelty is bringing unknown artists under the spotlight. But in some pujas, the look of the Mother is missing in the goddess. Some idols this year looked more like dolls. This is unacceptable. When I put up the clay cup pandal at Bosepukur, the idol had the same traditional look, with just the chalchitra taking the pandal motif. Did that not bring in the crowds'

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