Kolkata: Durga Puja ends on high note with Red Road Parade | Kolkata News – Times of India

Kolkata: A colorful tableau, flamboyant dancers, daring bike stunts and a foot-tapping musical performance by a group of performers opened the event. Durga Puja Carnival Thousands of devotees were mesmerized on the Red Road on Saturday. The crowd did not lag behind in applause and cheers, celebrating the dazzle and grandeur that returned to the festival this year.

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Seventy-five sculptures on 285 vehicles, and over 5,000 artists took part in the grand show, which was attended by over 20,000 spectators, inviting a few hundred foreign guests and delegates in the wake of its recognition as an intangible heritage by UNESCO went. ,
Coming back after a two-year pandemic, this year’s Carnival turned out to be bigger and better than the previous editions. The show started soon after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached the spot at 4 pm. Consular corps, senior government officials, top defense officials and guests from various countries had taken their seats by then.
“We were in Kolkata during the festival, and we have never seen anything like this before. There were people everywhere, no matter what time of day or night,” said Canadian traveler Aaron Kirkman. Kirkman and thousands of others – the number given were given more than 20,000 passes – were in for treatment for the next five hours.
The evening began with a stunt by a unit of the city police, Kolkata Police Tornadoes, followed by tableaux and presentations by various puja committees across the city. “These are not just pujas, but history is going on at Red Road. Many of them are over 80 or 100 years old, and have witnessed so many changes. This is reflected in his art and creativity, ”said the master of ceremonies.
The excitement reached its peak when an air-conditioned van rolled over and some Tollywood actors including Ankush and Sayantani got off and headed towards the main stage. Children in dance troupes of various pujas were taken by surprise when Mamata Banerjee rose from her seat to greet them and handed them chocolates and flowers.
One of the most popular and engaging performances was presented by Sreebhumi Sporting Club – a mix of music and dance steps that enthralled the audience. The tableau rolled up amid thunderous applause. Others like Suruchi Sangha, Chetla Agrani, College Square and Ahiritola Durgotsav Samiti among others also won hearts and garnered a lot of accolades.
The Ballygunge Cultural Association stood out with its colorfully coordinated dance performance, while the Kashi Bose Lane statue was the star of their tableau. The Kalighat Milan Sangha performed an energetic dhunuchi dance which impressed Mamata Banerjee. She walked to the edge of the stage and swayed in rhythm in the company of actors and celebrities.
A young woman from Haridevpur Newsporting Club surprised everyone by disguising herself as the Chief Minister. Earlier, the CM joined a group of tribal dancers and danced with them to the beat of the dhol. He also performed with some traditional instruments given to him by some of the organisers. Later, she also participated in a dandiya performance and played dhaki.
Most of the idols roll along the Red Road and go directly to the various ghats of Hooghly for immersion.