How does it sound to get the feel of the South Africa in the middle of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand? A club called ‘Jairam Youth Sporting Club’ in Adityapur has got artists from West Bengal to a perfect shape to their idea that costs more than Rs 25 lakh. The club has hired Parvati Decorators of East Midnapore to replicate the breath-taking wilderness that is Africa.
According to a report in The Telegraph, around 50 workers are manned to build a 60-feet-tall cane and bamboo temple that is made out of real bamboo tree. The Bengal artists started to work on the theme, three months back from now. The entire forest is planted with touch-me-not plants. These plants have characteristics to fold themselves inward as soon they are touched and after few minutes past the human body touch, it reopens itself.
“The plants are already 10ft tall. They will grow taller in another fortnight and recreate the ambience of an African forest. Plaster of Paris and paper pulp are being used to make models of elephants, rhinoceros, giraffe and other wild animals. A giant demon mask will be installed at the entrance of the pandal too to give visitors the feel of Africa,” said Ashok Kumar Dey, proprietor of Parvati Decorators.
“We have procured bamboos from Tripura. The pandal is in the shape of a temple but made of cane, hay, paper pulp and bamboo, of course. The goddess will have an aboriginal (indigenous) look, without the traditional finery and make-up,” said Ashok Kumar Dey.
Jairam Youth Sporting Club is famous for its extravagant pandals in Durga Puja. This time the budget has crossed over Rs 25 lakh, making it the most expensive pandal in the city till date. The pandal project work was started on July 14 and is expected to reach to its completion by October 12.
“Our pandal is a cut above the rest. It is in the middle of a real forest, where people can be one with nature. We are expecting heavy footfall,” said Arun Singh, a senior member of the club.