In Chennai, kolu goes under water

After scuba Ganesha and scuba Santa, VGP Marine Kingdom comes up with an underwater kolu with seven steps (9 feet length and 7 feet height) housing 55 dolls

September 28, 2022 09:26 pm | Updated September 29, 2022 01:48 pm IST - CHENNAI

The underwater kolu on display at the VGP Marine Kingdom on East Coast Road in Chennai.

The underwater kolu on display at the VGP Marine Kingdom on East Coast Road in Chennai. | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

For this Navaratri season, VGP Marine Kingdom on the East Coast Road in Chennai has set up an underwater Kolu. The dolls kept on display were specially crafted for the purpose.

“It was quite challenging to put this together. We had to consider several parameters like the fish should not knock off the dolls and statues. We did several trials to ensure that the staircase does not get soaked. The team tested this in salt water for 3-4 days before the actual display,” said VGP Ravidas, Managing Director of the VGP Group.

“Each of the dolls have a special coating so that the paint does not wear off when it is inside the water. Holes were pierced so that water can pass through the dolls. We also did several trials to ensure that the dolls do not float,” he said.

The Kolu at the VGP Marine Kingdom has seven steps (9 feet length and 7 feet height) housing 55 dolls. Since inception, VGP Marine Kingdom has been experimenting with innovative ideas. In the past, it had a scuba Lord Ganesha and during the Christmas season the team put up a Scuba Santa.

“Most people visit us during festival holidays and we want to give them the festive feel and look,” Mr. Ravidas said.

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