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Festive fantasy lit up

From Statue of Liberty to a palace of pearls, from underwater Durga to fearsome demons, from Tagore’s Nobel-winning poem to a space shuttle, find everything in festive illuminations in the capital.

It’s called the great glowing mash-up without which Durga Puja would have been literally robbed of its shine. Artisans from Bengal’s Chandannagore and Midnapore are giving capital celebrations their unique sparkle.

So at Satya Amar Lok pandal on Harmu Road, revellers will see special light effects that makes Durga seem like she is on the seabed with waves all around her. A ship sails by overhead. “When lights are on, you will get a Discovery Channel-like feeling,” said lighting supervisor Nitai Pradhan.

At the RR Sporting Club pandal on Ratu Road, what seem to be youths breaking into a jig are again just lights.

“It is stylishly done for visitors both young and old to enjoy,” said Krishna Pradhan, president of the club and head of Mahanagar Puja Samiti.

Some have gone for a fusion of the mythological and the poetic. “Our gates have lights depicting gods and demons,” said Chanchal Chatterjee, president of Kokar Puja Samiti. “Inside the pandal, there’s Tagore and Geetanjali,” said Shanu Sarkar of the committee.

Believe it or not, rhymes also feature in the Puja décor.

“Our lights depict rhymes and inventions” Indrajit Sinha, secretary of Hinoo Puja Samiti observing its centenary year, said.

From windmills, rockets and Statue of Liberty, to Jack, Jill and Humpty-Dumpty, the pandal has it all.

Rajasthan Mitra Mandal beside Ranchi Lake has taken the glass and sequins route with a fantasy Moti Mahal — a palace of pearls.

“With lights on, glass beads will shine like pearls,” enthused artisan Shankar Das of Midnapore.

For Ranchi residents used to eight-hour blackouts, this is no less than a divine feast for the senses.