Tasher Desh Recreated!
Nip in the air, the harsingaar or shiuli blooms give an indication of advent of Sharad.
Well thumbed pages of mythology loom before us, Maa's victory over Mahishasur is celebrated. Dhoop, incense fragrance soothing to olfactory senses are in the atmosphere. Soulful voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra chanting Mahishasurmardini emanates from every house. Its arrival of Sharadotsav, a promise to all to indulge and be engulfed by the feisty spirit. An unbriddled ecstasy is experienced to welcome Ma.
The 25th year Anniversary celebration of MCWA - Milani Cultural & Welfare Association, has made this year's festivities special. The panḍal is based on, "Tasher Desh"or The Land of Cards theme, a famous story by Rabindra Nath Tagore.
The metaphorical representation of cards speaks loud from each corner of panḍal. The entry gate is red in colour, recreating Tagore's Kothibadi, in Bangladesh, where he is said to have spend a part of his life and composed many famous verses.
The panḍal appears like a wonderland with colourful butterflies, dragonflies, grasshoppers adorning its ceiling .It is a fantasy world with playing cards, sculptures of Saheb, Bibi and Ghulam in prominence.
Maa Durga's idol too is recreated to reflect Tagore's times. It's made by artist Tapan Chitrakar from Ashok Nagar, Delhi. The beautiful, ten armed goddess embodies all virtues. The green coloured Mahishasura represents the vices and finally brought down by Maa Durga at her feet. The beautifully coloured idols are eye catchy with the thematic decor at the backdrop.
The idols in the pandals, the exquisite decoration and the sound of Dhaak charges both the body and mind. A strange sensation hits and paints you in its colours. Energy of celebration is something to be experienced by yourself. Priest performing Arti, the beats of dhaak giving goosebumps, the dancers getting into a trance are all surreal. You are doused by a craving for more and more celebration.
Pandal hopping, eating all delicacies, Bengali flavour reigns all around. Well decked ladies in their best Baluchori, dhakai, Kantha work sarees are a delight to watch. Mornings are well spent in Devi's Aradhna and then some delicious bhog, while evenings are for gupshups, aḍḍa and cultural events. There are activities for everyone to be involved into.
To watch Performances under an open sky all through the night is something that remains much awaited. Performance by Bengali singer, Saumya Bose with songs from Tasher Desh have set the theme clearly. A time for artists like Zubin Garg, Raghab Chatterjee, Arpita Kar, Rituparna Sen Gupta to showcase their talents to the eagerly awaiting audience and be energised by the well deserved applauds. The entire atmosphere is of jubilation and happiness.
Sharad Shubeccha to all!