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A SPECIAL REPORT ON HOW ARTISTS GOT TO WORK TO MAKE GODDESS DURGA IDOL FOR DURGA FESTIVAL

With Durga Puja around the corner, the New Bombay Bengali Association is going all out to make this year’s function as memorable as the previous years. And this season’s main attraction will be the Durga idol. The construction of the 20-ft tall idol of Goddess Durga, made out of truck loads of silt, water weeds, spices, hay, bamboo, jute, straw and clay, transported from the banks of the river Ganga in Kolkata, is nearly finished at New Bombay Bengali Association (NBBA) premises at sector 6, Vashi. Significantly, the idols are made of absolutely eco-friendly materials, without the use of Plaster of Paris, unlike other places, to prevent environmental pollution. This year’s preparations started when over a dozen professional artists from Kolkata entered the NBBA premises. The artists belong to West Bengal’s hub of artisans named Kumartoli, located on the outskirts of Kolkata, which has produced world famous artists. The idol making process took almost two-and-a-half months. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, Jan Cabral for NMTV News.

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