India is coping up with second wave of coronavirus pandemic, and the study also said that the third wave might be invade India, especially children at the end of the year. In this time the artisans of Kumartuli, the famous idol maker colony in north Kolkata, worried if they are facing the same scenario of last year.
When Covid hit hard in 2020 Dura Puja organisers ordered smaller, less priced idols to suit their reduced budget incur by the pandemic.
Kumartuli also supplies idols of gods and goddesses to various parts of the country and abroad and the artisans earn the most during the DurgaPuja, but this time the pandemic led them worried.
They also facing the shortage of workers which may further go down as the apprehension of a total lockdown from mid-May is gaining ground in the neighbourhood where many people have been affected by Covid-19.
Meanwhile the West Bengal government has ordered the closure of shopping complexes, cinema halls, restaurants, bars, sports complexes, and allowed shops and markets to operate for reduced hours to check the spread of the infection also there no gathering is allowed, which may led to less number of visitors in Durga Puja pandal, resulting in order of smaller and less priced idols.
Thus, it is a matter of concern for Kumartuli artisans, weather them able to make earning owing to ongoing pandemic or have to see the same date as last year.