- So far, West Bengal has reported more than 3 lakh cases of coronavirus
- Due to the pandemic, Calcutta High Court has put out many restrictions
- Durga Puja pandals have been declared no-entry zones for visitors
New Delhi: No crowds, no pandal-hopping – Kolkata is getting ready for an unusual pujo season this year amid coronavirus crisis. But this has not dampened the spirits of the artists. Despite many restrictions due to the pandemic, artists and organizers are finding a silver lining by incorporating COVID-19 as the theme.
One such creativity comes from a Kolkata Pujo Pandal where the artist has shown goddess Durga as a doctor wearing a doctor’s coat and equipped with a stethoscope, killing demon Mahisasur depicted as novel coronavirus. Moreover, instead of the traditional trident, the goddess is seen holding a giant syringe as her weapon of choice.
Along with this, the artist has also shown the goddess’s four children as other frontline COVID-warriors – Ganesh has been portrayed as a police officer, Lakshmi as a nurse, Saraswati as a teacher and Kartik is represented as a sanitation worker.
The post showcasing the artist’s work was shared originally by a Facebook user and since then it has spread across social media and has garnered many praises, including Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. Sharing picture, Mr Tharoor praised the creative spirit of a Durga Puja committee based in Kolkata which has chosen coronavirus theme for the five-day festival starting from October 22. He said,
Brilliantly appropriate #covid19-themed Durga Puja creativity from Kolkata, with the goddess slaying the virus! Salutations to the unknown designer & sculptor #DurgaPuja2020.
Brilliantly appropriate #covid19-themed Durga Puja creativity from Kolkata, with the goddess slaying the virus! Salutations to the unknown designer & sculptor #DurgaPuja2020 pic.twitter.com/Q8ZT8EtWfo
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 19, 2020
From the time it has been shared on social media by the user it has gained more than 7,000 likes and has been shared more than 77,000 times.
Many other social media users also gave a big thumbs up to the creativity.
Jai mata di???????????? pic.twitter.com/McRm2lrFBY
— Sachchidanand???? (@RlSachchidanand) October 19, 2020
Maa Durga as doctor.
Asur as corona virus.
— Devlina (@AarKiBolboBolo) October 19, 2020
Many doctors also shared the post on their respective social media. An ENT Surgeon said,
What a beautiful way to show respect to Corona Warriors- Doctors, nurses, policemen, cleaners and ambulance workers. Mahishasur is Corona virus! How creative. Hope Ma Durga helps us overcome this pandemic and everyone remains safe and healthy.
What a beautiful way to show respect to Corona Warriors- Doctors,nurses, policemen,cleaners and ambulance workers. Mahishasur is Corona virus! How creative ❤️
Hope Ma Durga helps us overcome this pandemic and everyone remains safe and healthy ???????? pic.twitter.com/74EaT9Wuat
— Dr sarika verma (@Drsarika005) October 19, 2020
Moupali Das, Doctor and Researcher added,
Kolkata’s pandals are always so topical and on point. Ma Durga as a doctor fighting coronavirus.
Kolkata’s pandals are always so topical and on point. Ma Durga as a doctor fighting coronavirus. https://t.co/EiLtxd3fro
— Moupali Das, MD, MPH (@drmoupali) October 22, 2020
In West Bengal, Durga Puja pandals have been declared no-entry zones for visitors by the Calcutta High Court on October 19 in an order that was delivered before Bengal’s biggest festival. As per the order, this time, only organisers will be allowed inside the pandals, limiting the number to 25 for big pandals and 15 for the smaller ones in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
In terms of coronavirus cases, currently, West Bengal has been seeing record spike in its daily number of cases for the past two weeks. The state has a COVID-tally of more than 3 lakh cases, of which, more than 35,000 cases remain active and the death count has reached 6,244.
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