Following the trend of the eco-friendly theme of Durga Puja Pandals throughout the country, Guwahati's Baruwari Tokobari Durga Puja Pandal has made the Pandal entirely from recycled materials, according to ANI. The Pandal has been created by artists from Kolkata. It comprises of readily available wood scraps, local fruit seeds, flower seeds, and many other local produce. The Pandal is nominated for awards such as Best Puja, best idol, Best Lighting and viewers' choice, as per ANI.
Guwahati: A pandal with recycled material has been designed by Baruwari Tokobari Durga Puja Committee. Artists from Kolkata have used wood scraps, fruit seeds and many other local produce in its decor. #Assam #DurgaPuja2019 pic.twitter.com/IzMDQUxY8g— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2019
According to reports, Tokobari had first organized Durga Puja back in 1942. This year's Pandal was created in 2 months, by 48 people for a record amount of Rs. 30 lakhs. Visuals show a jute-based structure resembling a South Indian temple. Visuals also show intricate flowers recreated on the walls and ceilings made from coconut fibres and wood shavings. To add to the South Indian touch, there are elephant faces recreated on the Pandal's walls.
Similarly, echoing the green call, Kolkata's Chetla Agrani Club has decided to celebrate 'Durga Puja' in a uniquely recycling way. Organisers of this year's Durga Puja Pandal have decorated the Pandal with 4000 old letterboxes along with old typewriters, lanterns, phones, radios, gramophone, and clocks, according to ANI. Photos show a colourful array of letterboxes, decorated with scenes of daily Kolkata life forming a cave-like Pandal. The club was founded in 1959.
West Bengal: The Durga Puja pandal of Chetla Agrani Club in Kolkata has been decorated with 4000 old letter boxes along with old typewriters, lanterns, phones, radios, gramophone and clocks. pic.twitter.com/H8GsEx0RhA— ANI (@ANI) October 4, 2019
Visuals also show walls of the Pandal decorated with old vinyl disks, wired telephones, grandfather clocks, gas lamps. The walls too are seen to be in tune with the vintage aesthetic - proudly displaying open red bricks. Lines from famous poet Rabindranath Tagore's poems too are seen written on the walls, displaying Kolkata's rich cultural heritage. Visitors are greeted by an old, red India post letterbox at the entrance to the Pandal.