Lights, Colours and Action - Celebrating Diwali in KGP Style

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While social media platforms are enraging with debate on the decision of Supreme Court of ban on firecrackers in Delhi, students at IIT Kharagpur continue their unique creative ways to celebrate what is now popularly called Green Diwali. Starting from the phase of preparation of diyas to be hung to the moment of displaying the gigantic bamboo structures or Chataayi decorated with diyas, Illumination or ILLU is a big celebration indeed.

Around 20 ft high canvasses made of bamboo Chataayi are crafted in each of 21 Halls of residence at IIT Kharagpur. But bamboo and burning diyas aren’t these a lethal combination? Well that’s where the bright minds of IITKgp differ. The Chataayis are layered with mud to make them fire proof. Students draw the artwork in giant scales on the bamboo chataayi. Thereafter the diyaas are tied on the designed as per the design requirement. Diyaas are tied with specially made copper or steel wires. The chataayis are then put