The iconic 80-year-old Howrah Bridge has received a colourful makeover ahead of Durga Puja, with a group of artists painting the cantilever thoroughfare with Bengal’s ‘alpana’ motifs.

The bridge has also been brightly illuminated with static and interactive LED lighting that comes into effect post sunset, officials said.Popular artist Sanjay Paul and his team of about 40 students from different art colleges used folk motifs, which are traditionally used in ‘alpana’ art to decorate floors and walls in rural Bengal