October 12, 2019
Kolkata Pujo Carnival showcases Bangla’s culture
The Durga Pujo festival that began on Mahalaya came to a closure on Friday with the grand Carnival taking place on Red Road, highlighting Bengal’s thriving cultural traditions and art.
The idols, on their way to River Hooghly for immersion, were mounted in beautifully decorated tableaus in the fourth edition of the mega extravaganza.
Bangla Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took up the initiative to organise the Red Road Carnival in 2016 in an effort to make Durga Pujo, the biggest and most colourful festival of the country, to become global.
The Chief Minister, along with her Cabinet colleagues, was present on the occasion, along with a host of celebrities, intellectuals, foreign dignitaries and thousands of people. Hon’ble Governor and his wife were also in attendance.
Seventy Pujas which had bagged the prestigious Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman participated in the event which began at around 4.30 pm with Sreebhumi Sporting Club leading the tableaus. The Tornado group of Kolkata Police comprising motorcyclists displayed stunts.