Chinese lights and fire crackers may be out of favour this festive season, but not Chinese history. A slice of it came to life at the Kali Puja pandal at BL Block Salt Lake, Kolkata - the terracotta soldiers of Xian. Almost exact replicas of the Chinese ones, 75 statues stood guard before Goddess Kali here.
Traditionally, Kali idols are dark skinned. But innovation has made them golden, copper and deep blue. At Rabindra Sangha Kali Puja at Rajarhat, the theme was a tribute to women - to stop female foeticide.
"Women are being killed, unborn girls are being killed. Our Kali Puja theme is a protest against this," said the organizer Abhishek Roy.
The celebration of women continues on the walls around the goddess with the photos of women who got us Olympic medals, PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmarkar. Photos of Indira Gandhi and Mamata Banerjee were also displayed.
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