French girl’s props to adorn north Kolkata pandal | Kolkata News


KOLKATA: A French girl who has come to Kolkata with her mother to explore Durga Puja, is doing illustrations on the walls of the pandal at Sovabazar Bartala Sarbojonin Durgotsav Samiti.
Melissa Amalir, a student who is preparing to get into an art school in the UK, sees this as a ‘learning process’. She is preparing handmade figures and drawing objects to be used as props for the puja theme.
Melissa finished her schooling in Delhi a few years ago. Along with her mother Laura, she plans to stay till the puja is over.
Melissa first visited Kolkata when she was just seven. Her father works for Alliance Francaise and is posted in Delhi. Melissa got to know about Durga Puja after she reached Kolkata on September 10 years ago. “I was amazed to see the bamboo structures and artistic installations. I stayed in Kolkata for five years and I got to know about Durga Puja and the art and culture. There were so many puja pandals near us that were so artistic that I fell in love with it.”
While Melissa is doing illustrations on the inner walls of the pandal, Laura is roaming around the pandal and streets with her DSLR to catch the ‘puja images and Bengali art and culture’. “When we came to Kolkata in 2012, we had no idea about the pujas. We saw such strange things around us we knew nothing about, no point of reference. It was exciting when the pandals opened and the lights were put on. It was so extraordinary. I am accompanying my daughter but I love to be here to see this preparation where creativity is limitless, artists can do anything they like. There are so many artistic pandals prepared by different artists and the whole city participates. I don’t think there is an art festival anywhere in the world.”
Sovabazar Bartala Sarbojonin Durgotsav Samiti general secretary Sayan Nandi said, “This is the beauty of our art and culture where people from across the globe come to learn our heritage and feel the dignity of our culture.”





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