Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bargarh, Jan 8:
Like we all were made to believe the large broomstick on which the witch was whooshing through the night sky with her cat listening the ‘Witch and Dragon’ story from our grandparents, an outsized broom of 43-feet-long has turned out to be the centre of attraction at Pallishree Mela at the ongoing 11-day long world famous Dhanu Jadtra in Bargarh district of Odisha.
The broom has been designed in 50 days by four skilled broom makers with 117272 twigs.
A young farmer Kulamani of Sargul village under Jharbandha block in the district has made the broom with his three female associates Chandrakanti Paten of the village and Chandrakanti Bag, Sukla Bag of Sakhaduguri village with an intention to showcase the hidden talent of rural Odisha women and to earn a place in Limca Book of World Records and Guinness Book of World Records.
According to reports, Kulamani faced a tragic accident in 2007 and broke his leg following which he found it difficult to stand upright for a longer period and even walk a distance.
However, he had a good knowledge in operating mobile phone and internet surfing despite being an under matric.
“I had googled a broom of bamboo twigs which was made in 1940 in a foreign country. That kindled a spark and the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan inspired me to work towards it,” Kulamani said.
Their mission started on November 8 and the four used to work three to four hours daily. They collected twigs from nearby villages and jungles.
According to Kumalani, his aim was to bigger broom than what he had come across online.
Project Manager of ORMAS, Rajgopal Das informed that special arrangements have been made for displaying the broom and initiatives will be taken to help it enter the Limca Book of World Records.