No grand celebrations for this year’s Durga Puja in Jamshedpur

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Jamshedpur, June 17: Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samity (JDPKS), the apex body of Durga Puja committees in the city has plans to make Durga Puja celebration a simple affair. In view of coronavirus pandemic the organisers have decided to celebrate a toned down festival scheduled from October 22 to 26 this year.
However, the pandals which are the heart of the celebrations will not be cancelled. The committees will work to make simple pandals also
In Jamshedpur alone, an approximate of around 320 pandals are built every year to mark the festival, that apart from that, numerous smaller pandals are also set up in different neighbourhoods.
The lockdown ordered by Centre had also recently affected the celebrations for Ram Navmi, as people could not participate in rituals or customs and could not take out processions.
JDPKS general secretary Rambabu Singh, adding that the pandemic was certainly going to affect the puja this year. He said that the number of big budget pandals would come down due to the economy.
“ We have been asked by Kendriya Samity to take measures to celebrate the festival in a simple way. We will not spend much on pandal building. Expenses will be controlled. We will rather try and spend on social cause rather than decoration,” said a member of the committee.
Months in advance the preparations for Durga Puja begins. But this time, there is no rush to make Durga idols. By this time, usually fifty percent work was completed every year. But this year, all the work has been stopped due to coronavirus pandemic. Artists are facing lot of uncertainty about this year’s Durga Puja. They have been waiting for the lockdown to open. The place where artists make sculptures has now become a playground for their children.
The importance of the Durga Pujas as the defining cultural event of Jamshedpur is inextricably tied up with the very scale of performance of the contemporary city festival with the spread of the more than 300 and more units of licensed big and small Pujas, with the blitz of advertising and publicities, with the profusion of awards and sponsorship, with the spectacle of artistry and craftsmanship, and with the indispensable presence of large touring crowds.

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