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Dhubri artist gives shape to Durga idol using expired medicines

 DHUBRI, Oct 23 - Like in the past, artist Sanjib Basak of Dhubri has come up with an innovative Durga idol this year too. This time he has made the idol using expired tablets, capsules, and syringes as a mark of respect to the medical fraternity for their relentless service during the pandemic.

 The artist used over 30,000 expired tablets, which he collected from different households and medical stores besides over 1,000 syringe and ampoules.

Basak said that shopkeepers usually return expired medicines to the companies, but due to the lockdown they were left with no other option but to dispose of the expired medicines. He collected such medicines to give shape to the idol. The idol of Goddess Durga along with that of Mahisasur is 6.5-feet high and 4.5-feet wide. It took him almost two months to finish the idol. Earlier, Basak had created idols using discarded water bottles, eclectic wires, aluminium nets, etc.

In the past, his creations were displayed at various puja mandap in Dhubri town, but this year no puja committee has agreed to display his unique idol till the filing of this report.

The idol is currently put on display at Bharti Sangha at Ward No 2, Dhubri town near Income Tax office.

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