Assam: Idol-makers from Dibrugarh back to work on Durga Idols

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After a one-year hiatus, the idol-makers of Assam’s Dibrugarh are back to work on Durga idols. Durga Puja was held in a symbolic manner last year because of the Covid19 pandemic.

This year, however, the government has provided permission to hold Durga Puja according to the Covid protocol. Dibrugarh’s idol makers are working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to accomplish the orders on schedule.

“This time, we have got 19 orders and we are preparing the idols with a less workforce. Idol-making is our family business and for the last several years, we have been associated with the business,” said Deep Paul, a second-generation idol-maker.

“Last year, we made very less Durga idols because of the Covid19 restrictions. This time, we are happy that Durga Puja will be organised,” Paul added.

He said, “We have restricted the height of the idols up to 8 feet. Earlier, we made 12-14 feet Durga idol. Last year, the Covid19 affected our business because the Durga Puja committees had a limited budget and they didn’t pay good amounts for the idols.”

“Here, we are making various kinds of Durga idols. Some are very decorative which cost a high price and some are simple Durga idols which start from Rs 20,000,” Paul said.

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