Come October, and Dusshera and Durga Puja light up people’s evenings. While The mythological drama or Ramlila, loosely based on the epic Ramayana, pick various themes every year; the Durga Puja pandals in the Capital also highlight a theme. This year, organisers have chosen to pay a tribute to Indian soldiers killed in Uri through the theme.
The Ram Lakhan Committee, Dipali which organises Ramlila in Pitampura, will have a stage themed on the Lal Qila. “The Ramlila will begin with a documentary based on Kashmir and end with a speech talking about the national heroes who have sacrificed their lives,” says Vijay Kumar Goel, president of the committee. And that’s not all. He adds that they want to pay their tribute to the martyrs. “On the day of Dussehra, we have also planned to show a thirty minute long documentary based on national heroes and Kashmir. We’re expecting a footfall of around 70,000 people.”
The Shri Ramlila Committee of Indraprastha burns effigies, besides the usual Ravana effigy, of social evils such as corruption. So, this time the organisers are planning to burn down an effigy with ‘Aatanki Pakistan’ written on it. “Every year, we choose a few topical themes and have a poll on it. The issue that gets maximum votes by the committee is then written on the effigy. Among several things being considered, ‘Aantaki Pakistan’ is also one,” says Suresh Bindal, President.
Some of the Durja Puja themes are also based on Uri attacks. One such Pujo is Arambagh Puja at Panchkuian Road.
“Uri attacks has been a big incident and we cannot ignore it,” says Abhijit Bose, executive chairman, Arambagh Puja at Panchkuian Road. He adds that the festival is in itself a symbol of the victory of good over evil. “Durga Puja is all about asurik shakti ka vinash and the same goes for the end of terrorism in our country. Though we are yet in creative discussions over how to highlight the sacrifice of our martyrs, but it is sure that this incident will be highlighted this Durga Puja.”