Durga Puja: Bringing the House Down!

Durga Puja: Bringing the House Down!

Outlook Traveller gives you a glimpse of the spectacular immersion carnival

Sharmistha Chaudhuri
October 13 , 2017
02 Min Read
Visit Kolkata during Durga Puja and you'll remember the experience all your life. The sheer scale of the celebrations and the grandeur associated with it will leave you stunned. The pandals, the beautifully crafted idols, the creativity, the revelry; it all concluded on October 3 with the grand immersion carnival organised by the West Bengal government.
Held for the second year running, chief minister Mamata Banerjee's idea has put Kolkata on the world map. While over 50,000 spectators were in attendance for the extravagant carnival on Red Road, over five million watched it virtually! Beautifully designed floats showcasing idols and themes of the best pandals went slowly down the road towards the immersion ghat as dancers, singers and dhaakis kept the crowd enthralled.
Outlook Traveller was present for the grand immersion carnival to give you an idea of how spectacular the event was.

CM Mamata Banerjee greets dignitaries before the start of the immersion carnival
Odissi dancers trained by Dona Ganguly start the proceedings at the immersion carnival
Communal harmony was a common theme across many Pujos in the city. The pandal at Rajdanga had six entrances, each representing a different faith
Almost all floats had dhaakis and dancers performing as they went down Red Road
As each float went by, one caught a glimpse of the idols, each crafted with much care
Performances by artists were a treat to watch as they made their way past the spectators, ahead of the floats carrying the idols
Every pandal had an element of the on-going Fifa u17 World Cup. Some had youngsters performing tricks with a football while others had posters and banners
Drummers keep the beats going as each float passed by the spectators on way to the immersion ghat
Happy spectators at the end of the immersion carnival. It was an experience one will never forget!

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