Kolkata: The city of joy has all set to cheer as FIFA World Cup is just to begin in few hours. Kolkata has decked up according to the colours of their favourite teams. So did this place of north Kolkata. The Tala Pratyay committee has flagged off a programme honoring the FIFA World Cup 2018. The football fever has gripped locals of Tala Pratyay. The locals of this area have tapped to the rhythm of ‘Dhunochi‘ dance (a frenzied dance with the censer)but in a different form. In this program ladies carried footballs in their earthenware censer which is popularly known as ‘Dhunochi’ in Bengal.
The locals of this area along with the children have decked up with Brazil and Argentina jersey for the Football World Cup which is going to begin tonight. On this day women dressed up in Bengali traditional attire – red boarder white sarees, carrying footballs in their earthenware censer and tapped their feet to the frenzied dance. Everyone danced to the rhythm of ‘Dhaks’. Fans of Brazil, Argentina and Germany joined at the fag end of the ceremony in their favourite teams jersey,cheering for their favourite teams and players to win.
Beside the ‘dhunochi’ dance event for the football world cup the Tala Pratyay has also given headstart to the puja, on this day the committe has also organised ‘Khunti Pujo’. Marking the beginning of work on the pandal and starting the countdown to the most-awaited festival, Durga puja.
Shubhankar Saha, the club’s chief said, “The World Cup comes once in four years. So we wanted to do something special on this day of World Cup.To keep the football craze on I choose this day for this auspicious ‘Khunti pujo’. We are involved in this World Cup. FIFA world cup is just like a world war for players like Messi and Neymar. Similarly, preparations for presenting an unique theme to the people during Pujo that is staring form today is also like world war to us.”
Ahead of FIFA World Cup 2018 Kolkata,the footballing hub of the country, is crazy about the sport, the various localities are festooned with giant banners, flexes, buntings, flags and cutouts of football legends and are the hub of community football viewing. Putting up flags, getting a Messi- or Ronaldo-type haircut or painting houses with the colours of favourite teams.
Reported By: Suvik Kundu
Edited By: Mousumi Das