Amphan hits westbengal - Save Kumartuli, kolkata, Save bengal

by Souvik Ghosh

Amphan slammed into Bengal around 2.30 pm on Wednesday, uprooting trees, damaging power lines and destroying many buildings in Kolkata and other parts of the state.

Kumartuli idol makers staring at huge losses as Durga puja organisers from abroad cancel orders and even the puja committees of kolkata are willing to cut down their budget due to corona virus economic downfall in the town, this disaster will affect kumartuli a lot this durga puja.

Mintu Pal, another popular clay modeller, said the organisers of a puja in the UK, which had been taking idol from him for past several years, communicated to him very recently that they won't be able to take the idol due to the prevailing situation in the country.

"I am staring at a big loss as the idol was almost complete when the lockdown began," he said.

Both Prodyut Paul and Mintu Paul said the semi-finished idols made of fibreglass cannot be given to puja committees in the city as they insist on clay images.

Nabin Pal, another idol maker, has also got order for two idols in UK and Germany - but the organisers informed in the last week of March that they are not organising the festival this time.

"They did not cite any reason. But everyone knows how corona has wreaked havoc in the world," Nabin Pal said.

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