Some of the best decorations, including statues and sculptures from Durga Puja pandals this year, will be kept in an exhibit for public viewing, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced while addressing the “Durga Puja carnival” on Red Road in Kolkata on Friday.
Mamata instructed Debasis Sen, the chairman and managing director of Hidco and officials from the information and cultural department, to work out a plan to place the sculptures and statues in the New Town- Rajarhat area.
“I would request officials to locate a place in the New Town- Rajarhat area where statues other than idols can be placed for public viewing throughout the year. There will be a permanent exhibition to showcase the richness of this unique art form,” she said.
The chief minister believed that the roadshow exhibiting famous Durga Puja pandals at Red Road – the venue famous for the Republic Day parade – was a historic event.
“This event will be marked as a milestone. It’s a new history that has been created. We will organise this with more pump and show next year,” Mamata said during her speech.
She also gave “101 per cent marks” to the Kolkata Police commissioner for managing the event well on such short notice.
Making an announcement to transform the four-day puja into a ten-day carnival, Mamata said, “In the coming years, Durga Puja will be the world’s best carnival. The immersion carnival is already successful, and from next year, we will organise it on a bigger platform. We will celebrate Durga Puja as a ten-days carnival from Mahalaya.”
While only 39 of the best pandals were given a chance to participate in this year’s rally, as many as 75 pandals will get the opportunity next year, Mamata said.
The state government claimed that more than 50,000 people had gathered to be a part of the immersion carnival.