Modi’s Beti Bachao a Huge Hit in Kolkata Pandals

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Kolkata: Ina bid to outshine rivals; Puja organizers in Kolkata are leaving no stone unturned to grab maximum eyeballs this festive season. They are exploring various themes and innovative ideas to stand out of the rest.

One such pandal in north Kolkata has chosen Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project – “Beti Bachao” as their theme this year.

“Our theme this year is the girl child. We are trying to send a strong message against female foeticide. We want to promote women’s safety and security through our puja pandal this year,” says Lokesh Chowdhary, secretary of the Kashi Bose Lane puja committee.

In line with the theme, artists have erected a big porcelain figure of a female newborn sleeping on a lotus, placed at the centre of the pandal. Through various motifs, artisans have created the different stages of a girl child growing up in our society – her journey from a daughter to a mother.

There are multiple motifs of flowers across the pandal. Artists who have worked on the concept say, each girl child has been depicted as a flower that needs a safe environment to bloom.

The theme seems to have struck a chord with pandal hoppers instantly! Not surprising that more and more women are visiting this pandal this year.

“I like this theme as it reflects the reality in our society today. Every day we hear about female infanticide and other atrocities against women. There cannot be a better platform than Durga puja to send a strong message like this,” says Ujjayini Basu, a school student visiting the pandal.

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