AS Bengalis all over the globe woke up today dawn to the chanting of Chandipath by Birendra Krishna Bhadra, a road in Kolkata came alive in vibrant colours of what is being touted as India’s longest Alpana, a Bengali form of floor art.
The site of the spectacular 1 km long Alpana is Lake Road near Rash Behari Avenue or, for easy identification, nearer from the Kalighat Metro station.
Samaj Sebi Sangha, a popular community Durga Puja organiser at Lake Road and noted fashion retail brand Pantaloons joined hands to offer Kolkata this unique experience. Some other Durga Puja organisers in the city have done this in the past, but those were at a smaller scale and limited to their pandals.
This 1 km long Alpana on Lake Road is akin to the ones that they paint on the streets of Dhaka in Bangladesh during Bengali New Year day celebrations.
At Lake Road today morning several celebrities, including cine-stars Prasenjit Chatterjee, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, and thespian Chandan Sen, lent a hand in shaping the Alpana, amidst the beating of Dhaks and blowing of the conch shells. Albeit, several professional artistes and volunteers were working on the Alpana for the past few days.
Samaj Sebi Sangha is confident that the India’s longest street art will be a huge crowd puller this Durga Puja and they are not worried about the rains as the Alpana has been drawn with paints.