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Tuesday , November 13 , 2012
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Theme Pujas: flavour of day

- Organisers in jorhat focus on influx, LPG hike

Jorhat, Nov. 12: Durga Puja pandals in the town this time beckoned the crowds with the magnificence of décor and creativity as with well-thought-out themes for awareness campaigns. A couple of Kali Puja pandals here this time will follow suit.

The Jorhat Railway Station Kali Puja organised by Prayashi will show the influx issue, portraying the Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam, complete with a BSF tower. A simulated scenario of patrolling by security forces and an attempt made by Bangladeshi migrants to enter Assam would be put up.

“We would like the people to think seriously about the influx issue which took a serious turn in the state vis-à-vis the BTAD riots. However, as Kali Puja forms a part of the festivities, there will be something also for children besides the reminder,” Amardeep Choudhury, secretary of Prayashi, said.

A separate tableau will be set up with 4 foot-tall statuettes of toon characters from the popular animation series Chota Bheem.

Along with Chota Bheem will be Raju, Chutki, Kalia, Dholu, Bholu and Jaggu monkey to put a smile on the faces of children.

The pandal itself will be in the shape of a rocket, a reminder this time of Nasa’s successful landing of Curiosity in August.

“As the year ends, we have tried to select topics that have grabbed headlines or attracted the attention of the people for one reason or the other. Last time we had taken up the Kaziranga National Park and an awareness campaign to save wildlife. This time the poaching theme was highlighted in a few Durga Puja pandals so we decided on the influx issue and Curiosity achievement,” Choudhury said.

The Babu Patty Kali Puja, which had become famous for the robotic display of the cutting off of an asura’s head with a chakra signifying the victory of good over evil, will portray the LPG hike issue through display of lights.

One of the organisers said they would depict the issue from the perspective of a homemaker and how she is hard pressed by the issue.

Last year, through clever manipulation of sound and light, the Babu Patty Puja had depicted an earthquake and how people suffered.