This question is addressed to our lovely and sweet bunch of Pandal hoppers , do you all know that in South Kolkata ( Behala area) there is a Durga Pujo that is popularly called as Borofer Thakur. Yes most of you have guessed it correctly, is referring to Debdaru Fatak Sarbojanin Durga Puja which in its fortieth year has made complete preparations   to astound and transfix our gaze. It is theme maker Sanjib Saha's perceptibility and inventiveness  which are being put to actuality in Debdaru Fatak Sarbojanin Durga Puja 2012. The idea has been named as Khorer Kaje Debir Sajhe, Bashir Sur E Hridoy Nache . The title itself is suggestive, it implies that the Pandal would reflect the beauty of straw craft. We all know that in India art and craft tend to flourish in abundance.

There is no dearth of talent in our country. Many art forms have received recognition and acceptance yet some format of art are still struggling to to make their presence felt and establish itself as an entity, endow itself with an individuality. Straw Craft is a form of art that is still in its rudimentary stage of development, the art is carried solely by  Pradipta Kumar Nayek who resides in the Dhenkenal district of Orissa and is also  the recipient of President award. When the upper portion of the straw is left out a sleek or thin stick comes out which resembles like  a hair pin.

Then this  stick is ripped using a blade and is pasted on a sheet of paper making it flat and straight. On a board a piece of cloth is pasted. Then the paper pasted with straw is cut using a pair of scissors into finest designs to create various paintings. Use of colour and paint brush seems to be strictly prohibited .  Colour or different shades or tones is achieved using straws of different age, like the more old  straw is used to produce  the more darker tone ( deep) . This is something which is absolutely novel , it is unseen, the gracefulness of this form of art is still unexplored.

Friends by now you have understood that this is an arduous task. It is Goutam Haldar, an associate of Debdaru Fatak Sarbojanin Durga Puja 2012 who explained the entire theme detail  to The Pandal decoration methodology is just an elaboration and explanation of the process of straw craft. This art form will be promoted in Debdaru Fatak Sarbojanin Durga Puja 2012 ground by virtue of arranging an workshop .Pradipta Kumar Nayek himself shall be present during the festival days in the Durga Pujo ground to give live demonstration of the art form before the pandal hoppers. We would be able to see his artistry welcoming us to the world of straw craft.

So Debdaru Fatak Sarbojanin Durga Puja 2012 would offer double bonanza- Sanjib Saha's exotic  Pandal decor and Pradipta Kumar Nayek's  spontaneous and overwhelming depiction of an art form. shall bring more updates soon, keep checking this space.