Siliguri: Maa Durga in Nepali costume this Puja

Eminent designer Alka Sharma to decorate Durga idol
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EOI CORRESPONDENT
SILIGURI
1 Sep 2017

The Mother Goddess Maa Durga will become fashion-savvy after a well-known fashion designer from Siliguri has decided to stitch costumes for the idol for the upcoming Durga Puja in Siliguri.
Siliguri’s oldest social organisation ‘Bhanu Bhakta Samiti’ the organisers of Puja has requested eminent fashion designer Alka Sharma to design Nepali traditional costumes for Lord Durga.
This the second time Alka Sharma is being involved in designing attires for Lord Durga and her family including arch-villain Mahisasura in Siliguri.
Alka said, “I have already designed the traditional Nepali attires for Maa Durga and her family. I am making traditional Nepali sari ‘Fariya’ and blouse ‘Choli’ for Maa Durga, ‘Dhoti mixed with Nepali Salwar and Dhaka top’ (Nepali attire including cap) for lord Ganesha and other attires for her family members. Traditional outfit in black coloured has been designed for Mahisasura.”
Renu Subba, vice president of Bhanu Bhakta Samiti said that Nepali culture and tradition has almost been forgotten by the young generation and also the situation of identity crisis forced us to decide about hiring designer to design Nepali costume for the idol of lord Durga and her family members in Durga Puja.”
Total six skilled workers are engaged under the instruction of designer Adhikari to prepare the costumes and traditional ornaments for the goddesses and others since last couple of days in Bagdogra.
Designer Alka Adhikari is an eminent designer who has earned name and fame in fashioning Nepali attires with western and ethnic wears. She has also been honoured for promoting tourism through her ethnic collections in World Tourism Day Festival held in Kolkata, Siliguri and Nepal.  
Adhikari said, “I feel proud when I design traditional attires free of cost for lord Durga and her family members by which I start my Puja business and it has become lucky for me.”