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Muslim artist builds tallest, 100ft bamboo idol of Goddess Durga; sets world record!


Ahmed’s work has often got him peculiar stares and raised eyebrows from people asking him as to why he always builds puja pandals, being a Muslim. I am sure his reply would shut their mouth and minds forever.

"Many people ask me why I make such Idols as I am a Muslim. But I want to tell that I have been doing this work since 1975. I always think that an artist has no religion and his only religion and duty is to serve humanity," Ahmed said.

Art director Nuruddin Ahmed from Guwahati, Assam kick-started the project on August 1 this year and it took him almost two months to build a 100ft Durga Idol, which he made up using 5000 bamboo poles.

This is a celebration which sees the entire country drenched in the festivities of Navratras, and trying to appease Goddess Durga. While Kolkata has added to its name the world record of building the most expensive Pujo Pandal, the bamboo statue of Goddess Durga in Assam is on its way to join the Guinness Book of World Records.

This statue made of bamboo has been constructed by Bishnupur Omojinin Durga Puja Committee of Guwahati, under the direction of art director Nuruddin Ahmed.



The statue which took around 2 months to complete by 40 artisans who used nothing but 5000 bamboo sticks.
And that’s not just it, the idol has been termed as the eco-friendliest Durga Idol, which has been constructed sans any usage of metal or plastic.

According to its Art Director, Nuraddin Ahmad, the idol was actually planned and prepped to stand 110ft tall, but it fell due to a storm that came on September 17. After this, he had the challenge to complete this statue in 6 days.

The work of the bamboo has been completed. Their goal is to become the longest bamboo statue in the world. The four-day Durga Puja festivity started off today.

Ahmed has been widely known for building gigantic puja pandals and his project was erected in 1975 in Assam. Ahmed views his artwork as a service to humanity.

Source : Speeking Tree

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