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Since 1st March, 1999
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Hail past in present
The pandal at 41 Pally, Haridevpur, has shot to prominence through its innovative use of the wood apple. But no less admirable are the wicker baskets collected from Basia, 120 km from Ranchi, and the wood engravings that tell a mythical story on each pillar. Picture by Pradip Sanyal
There's a mela out there at Barisha Shakti Sangha. The ambience is soothing, with the lone strain of an ektara playing on the soundbox. The chief item of decoration is the toy windmill, a ubiquitous fluttering presence in any rural fair. The Devi is hosted in a minimalist naatmandir. Picture by Amit Datta
The two primary shades stand in sharp contrast in the Kankurgachhi Youngster pandal, a throwback to the art of linocut. More than eight different media have been used to paint, emboss, engrave and even animate to create poetry in black-and-white. The alley to the pandal has been done up with lino-style paintings in tribal flavour. The motif is retained in the idol as well. Picture by Pabitra Das
The Devi at Pragati Sangha, Purba Putiari, is the benign Mangalik Mangalmoyee in its golden jubilee year. The lion sits like a tame pet at her feet while Mahishasura's presence is confined to his head. There's alpona in the courtyard and live performances by rural artistes in the surrounding cottages. Picture by Pradip Sanyal
'Nowhere has there been such a massive exhibition of Bastar work,' Tijuram Baghel had promised before the Pujas. The splendour in ironwork at Bosepukur Sitala Mandir in Kasba stands testimony to the claim of the Chhatt-isgarh lad who has toiled with villagers of eight hamlets. The pandal utilises more than 10,000 figurines, in tribal and modern motifs, with the highest standing eight feet tall at the gate. Picture by Pabitra Das

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