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One of India’s oldest art form at U-17 World Cup venue

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Alpona painting is one of the oldest forms of Indian folk art. In Bengal, these ephemeral drawings are considered auspicious and are extensively used not only to decorate homes but also at important occasions like brata, weddings or social events. Streets are decorated with alpanaduring festivals. In fact, this year, on the day of Mahalaya(a week before Durga Puja) our city witnessed the country’s longest floor art, alpona stretching across an entire 1.2 km on Lake Road. The road was a canvas of colours and the visual was breathtaking.

Now, the city is ready to welcome distinguished guests and foreign delegates, who have arrived in Kolkata,here on the occasion of FIFA U-17 World Cup finals. A vignette of Bengal’s rich cultural heritage will be on display on Saturday at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan.A giant alpana drawn in front of the VIP entrance near Gate No. 5 of Swami Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan, the venue of the final match,is meant to captivate all guests including FIFA dignitaries and other VIPs,present to watch the match.  A team of around 200 artistes, mostly students of different art colleges of the state pitched in to create this spectacular show.