This year Durga Puja will be exciting with a touch of China in Salt lake. In a bid to develop cultural and commercial connect with Bengal China is looking at sponsoring the oldest community Durga Puja in the township, turning the popular BJ Block Puja into a mini Chinatown with funds provided by the Chinese consulate, which is also located in Salt Lake.
The Chinese consulate has for the past few years been trying to get more involved in the cultural scenario of Kolkata. Even when the Doklam standoff had stiffened relationship between the two countries, the consulate was seen participating in community pujas, announcing and giving away prizes in different categories in association with the Kolkata Police. Now, it has decided to go a step further.
It will not only fully sponsor the BJ Block Puja, but will also send a team of artists and artisans to China to train in designs inspired by Chinese architecture. The team will fly to Kunming in Yunnan Province, where they will meet master craftsmen from China, according to plans that are still being firmed up.
This is because the entire theme right from the pandal to the deity and decorations inside and on the exterior will represent Chinese art forms. The pandal is most likely to resemble a pagoda. Kunming also has a number of ornate gateways, which the local artists would be expected to replicate.