Kolkata, Sept 22 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): This Durga Puja, Mahishasura will bring reinforcements.
“Pained” to see the one-sided battle where the “poor demon” get annihilated by the ten-armed Goddess Durga in a completely “one-sided” show, Bengali alternate music band Bandage said Wednesday that they were gearing up to make the battle more “fair”.
“Have you ever felt sorry for Mahishasura? The poor fellow is brought down to Earth each year during the Durga Puja, he is forced to crouch in an awkward position and then gets beaten up by Maa Durga,” joked popular media personality Mir, the lead singer of Banadage.
“And so this year we intend to bring in some fairness in the battle. During our performance this Durga Puja, all seven of us (band members) will come dressed as Mahishasura, to represent the demon,” he said in his characteristic deadpan humour.
The seven member Banadage, who have taken the Bengali music circuit by storm since their inception last year, have been roped in for a performance to kick off the Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata and they said they wanted to do something “characteristically outlandish”.
And so, when a host of performers take stage on the eve of Mahalaya, when the traditional six day countdown to Goddess Durga’s arrival on earth begins, at the Vodafone Agomoni function on Sept. 26 at the Science City auditorium, the show will have this “demonic” twist.
Bengali television and film actress Soumili, who will feature in the same programme in a dance act as Durga herself, said she was prepared for the challenge. “Bring them on!” she said, laughingly to Mir and company’s open challenge, at the launch event organised by mobile carrier Vodafone.
Bandage members said they have also prepared a special jingle and an extended song version of what they call the Mahishasura Vanadana, a play on ‘Durga Vandana’ – the iconic ode to the goddess.
Celebrated widely in East India including West Bengal, where it is the biggest festival of the year, Durga Puja, rejoices the victory of good over the evil in a four day fest of food, lighting and creatively designed makeshift temples or ‘pandals’.
(Photos by Avishek Mitra/IBNS)