Durga Puja 2023: This Kolkata Pandal Is Adorned By Repurposing 12,000 Good Ol’ Iron Chairs

by Shreya Ghosh
Durga Puja 2023: This Kolkata Pandal Is Adorned By Repurposing 12,000 Good Ol’ Iron Chairs

Kolkata Durga Puja is more than just a simple celebration. It is the most beautiful time of the year when everyone from all around comes together and enjoys the festival like never before. One of the biggest highlights of Durga Puja is the extravagant pandals and Kolkata is undoubtedly one of the best cities to witness magnificent pandals. What makes the experience special is the opportunity to witness exquisite art and craftsmanship. Artists’ and workers’ contributions to the extraordinary pandals are unimaginable. Let’s take a virtual trip to one of the most creative pandals of 2023.

This Durga Puja Pandal Is Evoking Nostalgia With Its Stunning Decor

Here are some beautiful glimpses and snippets of the extravagant pandal and Maa Durga idol shared by Bosepukur Sitala Mandir Durgotsab Committee on Facebook.

Remember the iron chairs from our childhood days? These are the iconic biyebari furniture. Back in the day, every wedding in West Bengal had lines of these chairs decked up at the wedding venue. Bosepukur Sitala Mandir club took this beautiful moment from our childhood days and used it to construct this year’s Durga Puja pandal. From the magnificent exteriors to the interior decor, iron chairs have been used at all places and this South Kolkata puja pandal is looking like an absolute piece of art.

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One of the most beautiful sights to witness here is the perfect placement and installation of lights in between the stacks of iron chairs. A total of 12,000 of these chairs have been used to construct this pandal in South Kolkata. More than just simply using the chairs, they have repurposed the ones that looked like of no use. It shows a great exact of reusing objects.

What Is The Theme Of This Pandal?

Here’s a live video of the crowd outside the pandal.

The theme of the 2023 Durga Puja is ‘Ayojon’ (preparation). There is a beautiful thought hidden behind the theme. In a conversation with India Today, the artist of this phenomenal Durga Puja pandal shared the meaning behind the theme and the thought and how the team has represented it in the pandal. Anirban Das shared how chairs are a must whenever we plan or organise any occasion.

Iron chairs have been used in huge numbers all around us in the past. While growing up, these chairs were a part of all our events and celebrations. But we can hardly see this nowadays. Iron chairs in someone’s house signified that some event was coming up. However, these are now just something to remember from our childhood days.

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As years pass, new things enter the market and take over the industry. A primary example is how plastic chairs have swiftly replaced iron chairs. Be it any occasion, we do not really see any event organiser using iron chairs for anything. South Kolkata’s Bosepukur Sitala Mandir Durgotsab Committee takes us on a nostalgic walk down memory lane and shows a glimpse of the yesteryears.

Have you started pandal hopping yet? If you are planning to visit the most iconic, famous, and unique Durga Puja pandals of West Bengal, click here.

Cover Image Courtesy: Facebook/ Bosepukur Sitala Mandir Durgotsab Committee

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