'Brilliantly appropriate': Shashi Tharoor's praise on Covid-19 themed Durga Puja in Kolkata
Kolkata/IBNS: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has lauded the creative depiction of the coronavirus theme by a Durga Puja Committee in Kolkata in its marquee for the five-day festival starting from October 22.
The puja organisers have honoured the health workers by depicting the goddess as a doctor and demon Mahishasura as the deadly coronavirus. Instead of the trident the goddess is slaying the demon in the form of coronavirus with an injection.
Tharoor, who was impressed by the concept, shared a picture of the idol terming the creative representation "brilliantly appropriate" amid the pandemic.
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
The Calcutta High Court on Monday barred the entry of common people into the pandals in view of Covid-19 pandemic situation in the eastern state.
The high court has declared all puja pandals no entry zones for the visitors.
Not more than 25 people for the big budget pujas and 15 for the small-budget pujas, who would be the organisers, will be allowed iinside the pandal n view the covid-19 pandemic..
The area five metres and 10 metres away from small and big puja pandals respectively will be barricaded.
West Bengal on Sunday reported the highest-ever single-day spike with 3,983 fresh infections, taking the overall tally in the state to 3,21,036.
Earlier the Calcutta HC had questioned the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal over its dole of Rs.50 thousand to each of 34 thousand Durga Puja committees to conduct the festival.
A division bench of the Calcutta High Court on Friday passed an interim order that all the Durga Puja committees in West Bengal, which have been granted a dole of Rs. 50,000 each by the state government, can spend the "public money" only in public interest.
The court directed that 75 per cent of the amount had to be spent to buy Covid-19 protective equipment, including masks and sanitisers, while the clubs or puja committees had to expend the remaining 25% in awareness promotion and community-policing or community oriented policing (COP).