Goabagan Sarbojanin Dorgotsab presents "Matir Taan"

‘This year we, the members of GOABAGAN SARBOJANIN DURGOTSAB SAMITY, like the last 79 years, is fully geared-up to commemorate our 80th.year of Durga Puja.

This puja, held at CIT Park on Sahitya Parishad Street, is one of the oldest and most revered Pujas of North Kolkata as well as Kolkata as a whole.

We have been honoured with many laurels in the past years. Gaobagan Sarbojanin had the privilege of getting patronized by Netaji Shubhash Chandra Bose, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray and Scientist Satyen Bose to name a few.

This year our inspiration is drawn from the oldest and the most creative art of Bengal – Mritshilpo. This is an omnipresent form of art and living medium found all over Bengal in every village and town in different formats. This form of art has taken creative art of Bengal to many international forums and particularly Ghurni in Krishnanagar and Panchmura in Bakura is world famous for their creative excellence.

We have named the whole creative presentation stretched over 4000 sq. ft as “MATIR-TAAN” which will be mainly constructed with Bamboo poles, bamboo thatched sheets and more than 100 forms of earthen utilities and earthen creative figurines.

The entire theme has been conceptualized by our club members jointly named as “Amra Sobai” and will be executed with the help of artisans from Bakura, Krishnanagar, Purba Midnapur and South 24 Parganas.

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BK Block Committee of Salt Lake celebrating Silver Jubilee Sharadiya Durga Puja Festival

BK Block Committee of Salt Lake is socially committed, morally driven and culturally dedicated, and  we will organise  our  Silver Jubilee [25th Year] Sharadiya Durga Puja Festival from 1st October to 9th October 2011.

This special year we are  coming up with a Spectacular ‘Puja Mandap’ in tribute to the ‘Nature Earth’ and ‘Basic instinct’ of the civilisation, themed as “Basundhara…iti…..jiban” conceptualised by an upcoming young artist named ’Mahendra Pal’ of Government Art College, Kolkata. Eminent personalities of Bengali theatre Sri Kanishnka Sen in light composition and Sri Murari Roychowdhury in music composition are also associated with this creation.

This will be accompanied with  colourful cultural programmes which  will attract the gathering of more than 10,000 people at a time. Our ‘Puja Prangan’  constituting one of the best cluster of Salt Lake to be looked into in this year as a spectator and as an advertiser during this coming Sharadiya Festival.  We will also organise the philanthropic activities to distribute clothes, blankets, toiletries, wheel chairs, books, school bags to the destitute and spastic societies during the festival.  In the community lunch from 3rd October to 6th October around 5000 block residents, dignitaries, guests and other people will be  participating at our prangan.

The festival will be inaugurated by Sri Shantanu Moitra, the leading music director of India, as Chief Guest and Smt Mohima Chowdhury as Honb’l Guest.  Eminent exponents of Kolkata i.e., Jojo, Pratik Chowdhury, Shraboni Sen and Bratati Bandyapadhya will perform on the festival night of 8th and 9th October in the Puja Prangan.  Every puja evening from Panchami to Shasthi will be graced by the presence of silver screen celebrities.  One adda will be organised in the Nabami-morning with the personalities from all the spheres of performing arts.
 
In the previous years the Puja Festival of BK Block earned the acclamation of the critics and Judges by achieving Superstar award of Star Ananda, award from ‘Pratham Alo’ etc.  We hope to achieve more this year with this sepctacular Puja prangan alongwith the grand celebrations.  In this grand occasion our puja-festival will be glad to be associated with your prestigious brand, and your brand will also get mileage beyond your satisfaction through the eyes of spectators, devotees and media.

There are two big approach roads, one from Airport – Rajarhat, through Sector V to Karunamoyee [the biggest crossing of Salt Lake], other one from Ultadanga via Baishakhi, leads to our ‘Puja Prangan’. We plan to install Gates across the road, to be sponsored by the advertisers.

Azadgarh Himachal Sangha Durgapuja


The puja at Azadgarh Himachal Sangha is unique in the aspect that in this age of utter commercialisation n cut-throat competition among puja committees, thus leading to the age of innovative theme pujas, this puja has managed to hold a special place in many peoples' hearts by maintaining a super simple, homely n traditional para-type atmosphere each n every passing year ( except in the year 2005, when on the occassion of silver-jubilee year the entire puja was conceptualised on a combination of patshilpa of Bengal n chhoushilpa of Purulia - the puja was a major disaster that year in terms of appeal among the members of the committee n residents too )...the concept of theme is strictly rejected n prohibited here....our divine simplicity n solemnity is the USP of this puja....this puja was started in the year 1980 ( though the club was formed way back in 1950 ) by a group of local members....the entire 4-days season witness a total adda session-atmosphere.

Bakul Bagan Sarbojanin Durgotsab - Creating a mark for itself

On 83rd year of Bakul Bagan, this year the club has a big surprise for Kolkattans. The Bakul Bagan Sarbojanin Durgotsab club, which once started as a small gathering point has now become one of the most popular venues for Durga Puja and attracts hundreds of pandal hoppers every year. This year too, with their innovative scheme and creative spirit, they hope to lure more traffic and create a genre among the numerous pujas that happen in the city.But of course this time the attraction is somewhere else. This year prominent mininster Mamata Banerjee is the key person behind Bakul Bagan's puja. The artist Arun Kumar is giving shape to the pandal decoration and marquee according to the concept designed by the mininster. During the four days of the carnival the marquee will be decorated by the paintings of Mamata Banerjee.


The idols and marquee at Bakul Bagan Sarbojanin Durga Utsav have always been an important attarction for the people as almost every renowned painters has done this at least once in the past and this time the artist is Mamata Banerjee. Some of the renowned names of the past artists includes Wasim Kapoor and Smt. Deepali Bhattacharjee, Nirode Mazumdar, Isha Mohammad, Bikas Bhattacharjee, Sri Mohan Banshi Rudra Pal, Rathin Mitra,  Sarbori Dutta, Shanu Lahiri, Late Mira Mukherjee, Sri Gour Mohan Pahari, Sri Paritosh Sen and Subhaprasana.

The General Secretary of the club, shri Ashit Krishna Ghosh, along with other members of the club have worked heart and soul to make the puja a grand success. Like every year, this year too they have not kept any stones unturned. The decoration is in final rounds and the pandal hopes to be ready on the eve of the pujas.

Route Guide: Bakul bagan is located in the southern part of Kolkata. To reach the venue conveniently, you can easily take a bus or metro and get down at Bhowanipore. Walk to the Bhowanipore Police station and the pandal is located just opposite adjacent Sree Hari Mistanna Bhandar.

Behala Nutan Dal - Exhibition of Traditional Flamnoyance

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To mark the four graceful days of Durgaotsab, Behala Nutan Dal of South Kolkata will be celebrating its 45 years this time. Worshiping the divine power, the Behala club since the recent past years has worked hard to bring themselves into the limelight of the Kolkata viewers.

History of Club/Puja:  The fever of festivity begins almost one or two months ahead. Every year the puja committee worked on the traditional concept but in 2006, the theme shifted to artistic and ingenious mode. It was a blockbuster that year as Shri.Rono Banerjee made the miracle by creating ‘Khepir Chatal’ that became a huge crowd puller and bagged 19 prizes of excellence. Another appreciation on a large scale with 21 prizes took place in the very next year where they worked on the concept of ‘Bonor Deul’. The puja committee gradually started earning more appreciation with pace of time.

The joint secretary of the club, Mr. Debabrata Mukherjee and Partha Sarathi Mukherjee, along with other co-members promised to imprint a deep-rooted feeling amongst the pandal hoppers in this year also. With the establishment of the committee in 1966, the members of the Club worked heart to heart to won accolades and appreciation from the people.

Social Involvement:  A lot of social activities were performed right from the inception of the Behala Nutan Dal Club. On every Republic Day, the club organizes a blood donation camp and with their benevolent activity they made this social cause an eminent social festival. Free medical camp is arranged on every Wednesday in association with Loknath Divine Life Mission. There are also other notable social activities like ‘Sit-n-Draw competition for the children, regular Ambulance care on 15t August since 2007 and so on.

Last Year Awards:  Behala Nutan Dal is a several award wining puja committee that has won Star Ananda’s Blockbluster, Channel 10-Aircel’s Sharad Mukut Srestha Shilpi, CESC Telegraph’s True to tradition Award and so on.



Theme:  2010, will be the 46th year for Behala Nutan Dal. They have planned to come up with an excellent theme that will exhibit beauty with traditional flamboyance and gaiety. Shri.Rono Banerjee, the most eminent creative advisor of this Club is yet to finish his excellent work for this year. So fasten up your belts to watch his art of work.

Route Guide:  To attend this puja you need to reach at Behala Thana. The nearest landmark is before Behala Tram Depot.



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Behala Club Sarbojanin Durgotsab - Believes in creativity with obsolescent arts

Turning into the 66th glorious year, the South Kolkata, Behala Club Sarbojanin Durgostsab will be celebrating their puja in a grand way. Greeting 2010 durga puja with a warm essence and feeling is what the club members are looking to.

History of Club/ Puja
:  Since 1938, Behala Club gradually started growing itself to be a prominent socio- cultural organization of South Kolkata. It has made an important mark of itself by performing various cultural and social activities. In the course of time, they have taken up pioneering leadership in inventing creative art in the field of Bengal’s most popular festival – ‘Durgotsav’. Their unique thought of providing employment to the creative artists belonging to the backward classes has added value to the club. It is a great feeling for the members of the Behala Club who has found out those rare artists from various remote corners of our country who make obsolescent arts. They have done a great job by giving them platform to exhibit and present before their innovative artistic works.  No matter from which background these artists come from, but it has been always a challenge and responsibility of this club to bring them forward and benefit the society.
 Achievement:  Their main achievement was to find out the rare talents of our country and offer them employment to show their expertise in creativity. With the blessings and love of the thousands and thousands of people visiting the pandal every year has helped Behala Club Sarbojanin Durgotsab achieve several awards.


Social Services
:   Working for the society unanimously is what Behala Club believes in. So every year they organize ‘SRIJON’ – a festival of socio-cultural-sports activities, free text book library (Class IX – Degree Course), free school for street children, organizing plantation program, medical check up and so on.

Route Guide
:  Walk down to Behala Club Bhawan and find the puja pandal located just opposite to Behala police station.

Key Persons
:  Shri. Nirmalya pratim Panda,Shri. Amitabh Banerjee.

Nayer Palli Sarbajonin Durgotsab - Rabindra aaloy udbhasito

Durga Puja is an occasion when the familiar sound of Dhak, the dhunuchi nachh and the mild fragrance of Shiuli gives a familiar tug to every Bengali's heart. When the kaash sway with mirth, its time to celebrate Durga Puja. New clothes, fascinating decors, colorful pujobarshiki and latest pujor gaan add to the fun of the festival.Now a days the fragrance of puja is all around the corner. The tableau of Durga with her four children - Kartik, Ganesh, Saraswati and Lakshmi representing respectively  the Protector, the Initiator, the Knowledgable and the Provider signifies the complete manifestation of the goddess.

There is a nostalgic story behind the inception of this puja. It was 1946.......the communial riot was all around....Shri. Yaswant Guha was stuck at Kolkata....The home coming nostalgia faded out from his family members eye's, who resided in Rajshahi.It was a pathetic moment, but it's a Bengali belief that Durga Puja signifies the divine power.  Shri. Yaswant Guha rubbed his tears and decided to organise Durga Puja in his locality with his friends and family. That was the holy begining...........


This year Nayer Palli is going to celebrate their 65th years, rendering their deepest regards to Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore, whom millions of readers not only admires as a wizard of words, but also loves as a man. The club members decided to commemorate him on the auspicious festival of Durga Puja. The theme has been conceptualized by Shri. Bapi Chakraborty. The entire atmosphere will remind us about Robi thakur.

Idol
:   This time the Pratima of Nayer Palli will have a traditional look, made by Shri. Arijit Pal, son of  Shri. Krishna Pal while pandel decorations will be done by New N.C.Decorators.
            
Day/Date of Inauguration is Panchami i.e. on 12th October'2010 at 6.30 pm. It is expected that Maharaj of Belur Math will inaugaurate the show.
               
Social & Cultural side: The club organises quiz Compitition, cultural Programmes like Song, Dance, drama, recitation, etc. They also arrange blood donation camp, health Checkup, financial help to the poor, etc.

How to go: To access this puja you need to reach at Calcutta Medical college and hospital. From  Panjab National bank it is 5 minutes walk . Nearest Metro is Central or Mahatma Gandhi Road.
                               

Shibabrata Chowdhuri Bari Durgapuja at Varanasi



This residential puja is solely organised by Mr. Shibabrata Chowdhuri at Varanasi. The speciality of this puja is, its a one-man show. The entire puja, even the idol making is done by Mr. Chowdhuri. The puja is on its 8th year now.

Address

D 58/2A, Sigra, Rathyatra, Varanasi-221010

South London Sarbojonin Durga Puja

The South London Sarbojonin Durga Puja Committee warmly  welcomes to the 2010 Durga Puja from 13 October 17 October 2010. Coming via public transport: local tube stations are Colliers Wood and Tooting Broadway. Get on bus no 152 from Colliers Wood station, or on bus no 280, 270, 127, 355, or 264 from Tooting Broadway station.

On the 31st anniversary of the committee in 2010 is going to be a very exciting year for the committee as they are going to have also new Protima this year. Sarbojonin means for all people, the committee’s simple philosophy is dedicated to providing a homely and relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy the Puja at your comfort and leisure. Partake in anjali followed by musical entertainment and freshly cooked meals.

Ashtami will be celebrated on Friday 15/10/2010. They will be expecting the Mayor Wandsworth \ Merton and Member of Parliament for Tooting, Mr Sadiq Khan to join us on 15th October 2010. In addition they will anticipate ZEE TV, as they have done for 2008 and 2009 to cover our event.

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Antorik - Bengali Organization of Greater Dallas

Antorik is a non-profit Bengali organization entertaining the Dallas-Fort Worth’s Bengali community with Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja, Bangla School, Radio Antorik, Rabindra Sandhya, Nazrul Sandhya, Stabak Magazine, and various other cultural events and community activities.

Antorik is celebrating their 11th anniversary with Durgatsab 2010. Quite aptly they have selected the theme Sonar Bangla. Bhaskar Sarkar, Committee Executive and Webmaster, contacted at bhaskar@antorik.com wishes everyone a happy and prosperous Durga Puja on behalf of the committee. Visit www.Antorik.com to view pictures and other details about Antarik.


Williams High School
1800 18th Street
Plano (Dallas)
Texas, USA

Srishti - Charlotte, North Carolina



Based in Charlotte, North Carolina Srishti was formed in spring, 2004. Manmatha Chakraborty started the ideated the concept of Srishti, and then Gautam and Samiksha Bose took the idea and helped the foundation of this organization. Although in its nascent stage, there are over 80 families already in the organization actively participating in all its events. Members include not only Bengalees but Indians from other parts of the country as well. Srishti has welcomed individuals who have expressed an interest in Bengali literature, theatre, music, cinema and popular arts.

Ashtami, Nabami and Dashami puja will go on from 8am – 1 pm, followed by lunch from 1pm – 2pm. Shandhya Arati will start at 6.30pm. Different cultural events will be organized every evening during this puja days from 5pm – 7.30pm, followed by dinner from 7.30pm – 8.30pm. On Dashami painting competition will be organized from 3pm – 4pm. Then a cultural evening will follow from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. Post the cultural program Dhunuchi Naach, Pratima Boron and Bisharjan ceremony will follow till 7.30pm. Then the last dinner of Durgatsab 2010 will be held at 7.30pm – 8.30pm.



Complete Address:

1800 Pineville-Matthews Rd,
Charlotte, North Carolina 28270

Bengali Association of South Florida

Bengali Association of South Florida (BASFL) is a non profit Socio Cultural organization for the Indians who are born and brought up in the Bengali Culture but are thousands of miles away from the soil of Bengal. BASFL is a Non Profit Organization and is exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to BASFL are deductible under section 170 of the code.

BASFL members are in very high and respected positions in corporate and government sectors. The members are amongst the most highly educated communities in South Florida, boasting of Ph.Ds, top University scholars, Post Graduates in Business, Medicine, Management, Engineering, Accounting, Law, Sciences, and Liberal Arts.

They are a Rich, Vibrant Community of South Florida, USA. The Bengali community are deep rooted in south Florida dating back to 1968 when immigrants came to South Florida from India as students for their higher studies in local Universities. In 1990, people from the Bengali community formed an association to promote Bengali Culture in South Florida for younger generation and got really big in 2007 when it became The Bengali Association of South Florida (BASFL). BASFL is one of the young and most enthusiastic organizations in South Florida showcasing the rich and diversified culture of India, especially of Bengal. People, who formed BASFL, are actively involved in and dedicated to nurturing Asian Indian culture in South Florida for over a decade. BASFL, a nonprofit organization is actively participating in blending Asian Indian culture with the culture of North America and synthesizing the best. Over the years, BASFL has been extremely active culturally, religiously, philanthropically, socially, contributing to various institutions of society.

They have initiated the Durga puja 4 years back. They maintain a very traditional theme to get the feel of the roots to the tradition miles away. Indraneil Ghosh, president, BASFL, co-ordinates to all the Bengalees spread around the world.

Greater London - Celebrating 32nd year of Durga Puja

This year it will be 32nd year of Durga Puja and 21st year of Kaali puja. It is a traditional family puja, but the members are not limited to four of the Mukherji family, hundreds of visitors, guests, well -wishers are the real members of the family. So many friends work hard to make the celebrations enjoyable and authentic as much as possible. Mr. Nirmal Mukherji’s younger son Shomeek acts as the purohit since he was a 8 years old. Mr. Mukherjee has formed a team of eight people and trained them to perform the rituals of the puja.

The main attractions of this puja are Shomeek's unmistakably traditional puja and hospitality to each individual. Mukherjee family makes sure every gust receives the delicious Prasad Bhog of the Puja. Till date the family has never asked for donation or sponsorship from any individual or organization and does not even intend to ask in future. People from different councils, Greater London area, other parts of U.K, visitors from E U countries, even visitors from India (those who come to visit London) do come and enjoy the celebrations. Mukherji family’s puja has even received appreciation and found spaces in pages of reputed publishers like Prabasi Ananda Bazar Patrika, India Today and Wembly Observer.

Nirmal Mukerji
41 Rosewood Avenue, Greenford, UB6 7QR, U.K. ph:020 8903 5869;
Mob: 07904843864

Indian Trail Middle School Tuskavilla, Florida, USA

The organization was formed 27 years ago in 1982. This year the Society has selected a traditional theme. They started with only 32 members, the number has now grown up to 500. They have always had a one day puja. But for the past four years they are celebrating the puja for two days. This year the committee is celebrating the puja on the 9 and 10th of October.

Trishna Pati, vice president, Bengali Society of Florida, wishes everyone a very happy and prosperous Durgatsab on behalf of the committee. To wish Trishna you can mail her in btpati@gmail.com. To view pictures and other details about Bengali Society of Florida you may log into www.bsfnet.com.

Central Texas Bengali Association - Dhrubotara

Central Texas Bengali Association, Dhrubotara, is celebrating their 12th anniversary with Durgatsab 2010. Dhrubotara wants to give its members a very homely feel, close to their homeland. Thus they have pertinently chosen the theme of celebrating the occasion in a traditional baroari way and that too in a reasonable budget of Rs.5 lakhs.

Mr. Mrinal Bose, president, Dhrubotara, wishes everyone a very happy and prosperous Durgatsab on behalf of Dhrubotara. Puja Agomoni Anushthan will be celebrated on Friday, 8th October at Austin Waldorf School, 8700 South View Road, Austin, TX, 78737.

Durga Puja will be celebrated on 9th October (Saturday) at Pflugerville Fire hall, 203 E. Pecan Street, Pflugerville, TX – 78660.

Swisspuja - Zurich, Switzerland

There are abut 300 listed Bengali families around Zurich, dark figures are higher, because many short term (short term because they come for couple of years and return) young Bengali IT professionals, with or without families, are here who have not listed with the Puja organization but get invited by word of mouth or internet come to the Puja venue, some on all the Puja days and some on one or two days. The Puja core executive committee consists of 5 to 6 members and about 20 to 25 active volunteers during the Puja days.

Cultural programs are being organised on all three days from Saptami to Nabami to entertain the members and non-member visitors. In addition, this year for the first time, since the Sandhi Puja takes place in the afternoon (in Zurich from 2:19pm - 3:07pm), Dhunuchi Naach will be performed in the Ashtami evening by members and guests. Prasad Bhog (vegetarian meal) will be offered to everyone on lunch during those three days. On Dashami after the Bisorjon ritual (and not factual) into Zurich lake and after the Sindur Khela of the ladies, we offer a non-vegetarian buffet lunch.

The Puja organization was founded in 2004 and every year during Bijoya Sammelani, held two to three weeks after the Puja, a general body meeting is also held by the registered members and new executive members are elected for the coming year Puja. The Puja preparations actually start in April/May when we request the members to pay their financial contributions, so that we can budget reasonably.  The Pratima is made of fibreglass in Kumartuli, Kolkata in the year 2004. The Pratima can be easily disassembled and re-assembled.

Jyotiprasad Majumder, Secretary Swisspuja 2010, wishes everyone a very happy and prosperous Durgatsab.

Im oberen Boden 17
CH-8049 Zurich
Switzerland

Kalighat, Nepal Bhattacharya Street - Dive into the eternal immortality stream


Let us all celebrate this Dharmik occasion with the essence of immortality with Nepal Bhattacharya Street Club this year. The committee has rightly chosen Amrito Kumbher Mela for their 31st anniversary Durgatsab.

Many of us who haven’t yet been fortunate enough to experience the auspicious occasion of Kumbh Mela will now get the feel of it in our very own city Kolkata. All thanks to Nepal Bhattacharya Street Club.

The occasion will be inaugurated on Panchami, 12th October, 2010, by Mahamandaleshwaram Shri Shri Sohom Baba, head of JUNA AKHRA, Haridwar and few physically challenged who has defeated their physical inability with their will strength and are not lagging behind and making their marks in their respective occupational fields equally.


Cultural Aspect: The Pravat feri will be organized on the day of Mahalaya. New clothes will be distributed to the poor people. Shankho Dhhoni, conch playing competition and Dhanuchi Nritya will held on Navami.

The committee observes annual Milan Utsav, which is devoted to the care for the handicapped and thalassaemia effected children every year. Other usual cultural events like Rabindra Shondhya, sit-n-draw competitions are also organized frequently.

Hall of Fame
: The committee was honoured with Shraban Shrestha Sharad Samman – 2nd  and Event Zone Sharod Samman – Sera Paribesh last year.
                       
Committee for the Society: Our duty lies not only towards the people of our faith believer but to all for a greater cause of humanity. Education for the poor children, blood donation camp, free medical check up for the street children are organized every year on International Mothers’Day. Thalassaemia treatment for the poor are on the committee’s regular events’ calendar. The committee donated 4 wheel chairs for handicapped.

The committee has come up with computer training Centre,   spoken English training centre and art training centre in the neighbourhood. They also organize regular book distribution ceremonies before new study sessions every year for the underprivileged children.

Reach out: You surely wouldn’t want to miss out this grand Mela. There are two entrance to get to this Puja. One is from Kalughat Tram depot and another is from Hazra Fire Brigade stoppage. You need to reach at Dum Dum Park. Just that don’t get lost in this Kumbher Mela.


 

Rajdanga Naba Uday Shangha - Victory of good over evil is the myth and truth of life


The fables are generally the fight between the evil and the good. Rajdanga Naba Uday Sangha is celebrating the true essence of Durga puja, based on myths where the Maa Durga symbolizes the divine power over powering the evil Asura, with their silver jubilee anniversary celebration this year. The eminent artist Mr. Bhabotosh Sutar has rendered his highest possible efficiency to create the divine moment of The Victory miraculously true and lively to the audience. The specialty of the Mandap is it has no roof, walls will be enriched with the myth.



The mystical world of myths will be open for all who want to experience it from Tritiya, 10th October 2010. Mr. Dhrubo Dutta, secretary, Rajdanga Naba Uday Sangha humbly invites you to grace the occasion and experience their effort.

Cultural Aspect: The committee initiates cultural evening on occasions like Rabindra Jayanti and many such. Regular talent oriented healthy competitions are also being organized frequently.

Hall of Fame
: Last year Rajdanga Naba Uday Sangha was honoured with 8 prestigious prizes. Asian Paint’s – Shera Bhabna, Ananda Bazar Patrika – Sreshtha Aalo, CSCE Telegraph’s – Sera Pujo, Kasba Thana Samannoy Samity’s – Prothom are just a few among them. 

Committee for the Society: The committee donates blankets to the needy during winter. Set blood donation camps regularly. Arrange free thalassaemia treatment for underprivileged people. Free weekly health check up camps are organized. The committee has donated 3 wheel chairs to physically challenged people who couldn’t afford it.

Reach out: The committee’s puja is being held at Rajdanga, Haltu in South Kolkata. This puja has two entrances. One from Ruby General Hospital the other one is from Gariahaat. One needs to reach at Tribarna Bus stop and then just walk down for a minute.

Dumdum Park Yubak Brinda : Shilpo jakhon katha bole......

Today, all the traditional art forms are endangered. Deterioration of traditions, disparity of economic pursuits , influence of mass-media and development of ‘official’ culture left nothing to exist originally. In past few decades, the art of Mandana like those of the other tribe is loosing its vitality and vigour. Perhaps it is inevitable, because now their whole culture is disintegrating with constant in-roads of modernization. Their confidence in their own ethos has been undermined, for they have been exposed to the higher culture of city with materialistic life.Due to socio-economic development, this art form has tremendously suffered. Today we only see traces of this vital art left in few remote villages of  Gujrat.

This year Dum Dum Yubak Brinda is celebrating 44th years and has decided to come up with this great art, "MANDANA". The themes of Mandana are mainly variety of birds, animals and plants, anthropomorphs, zoo-morphs and exquisite decorative designs which are highlighted with dots and dashes. In Mandana paintings the Meena women record their past and present experiences; thus we see the drawings of such animals, birds and objects that no more exist in their present surroundings but the images of which still haunt their memory and are accorded a place in these visual expressions.

The theme maker Shri. Somnath Mukhopadhyay is going to present Mandana art in a modern form. Likewise, in Mandana art people used to have a black outline. Here, Shri.Somnath Mukhopadhyay has used Black Iron string with bright hues. It will be mystical, and magical too.

Idol: The traditional looking pratima will be made by Shri. Pradip Pal of Kumortuli while
Pandel decoration will be done by South Calcutta Decorators.

Last year Award: CSCE Telegraph -3 star, EIILM - Shreshtha Najar kara pujo, "Baanchgo", NGO - First.

Day/Date of Inauguration will be on Chaturthi i.e. 11th October'2010. Shri. N.K.Narayanan (Ex-Governor) and Shri. Amit Kiran Dev(Ex-chief Secretary, Writer's Building) are expected to inaugaurate the puja.
                                           
Social & Cultural side: Every year the club organises blood donation camp, Sit & Draw compition, plantation, free coaching for needy students, free health check up and does financial help to the poor.

How to go
: To access this puja you need to reach at Dum Dum park Bus stop.
                                   
Key Persons
: Shri. Rana Sengupta

47 Palli, Yubak Brinda - The Golden Jubilee Celebration


Durga puja is around the corner...the countdown has aleady begun. The puja committees are extremely busy giving their last minute suggession to the artisan, Theme makers, illuminator or who belong to this glorified puja.

This year 47 Palli, Yubak Brinda will come up with glorious creation of tradirional frame of mind. It's like old designed mandir with long courtyard where both side of the wall has been depicted and decorated with ten hand a Maa Durga. She was sent forth against Mahishasura armed by symbols of divine power e,g, Vishnu's discus; Shiva's trident; Varuna's conchshell; Agni's flaming dart; Vayu's bow; Surya's quiver and arrow; Yama's iron rod; Indra's thunderbolt; Kubera's club and a garland of snakes from Shesha and a lion as a charger from Himalayas. The myth reminds us that a fierce battle took place. Finally when Mahishasura in the guise of a buffalo charged against Durga, the Devi beheaded the buffalo and from it emerged Mahishasura in his original form. Durga pierced his chest with the trident and relieved the world from the evil power. But here 47 Palli, Yubak Brinda has tried something different by presenting two asuras. One signifies the command of Maa Durga that

"I can free you if you beg apology for your misdeed", and second one justifies Durga as a "Durgatinashini". The entire mandap has been enriched with the incidents of "Ramayana". The theme is conceptualized by the committee members.

Idol: The famous artisan Shri.ParimalPal from Kumartuli will present Sabeki Pratima. Pandel decoration will be done by Aashirbaad Decorators, Tamluk. Moti Electric has done a wonderful lighting.

Last year Award
: Rotary Club's Consolation Prize.

Day/Date of Inauguration is Panchami i.e. on 12th October'2010 where Maharaj Of "Ramkrishna Mission", popular Footballer Shri. Biswajit Bhattacharya and coach Shri. Sabbir Ali will inaugaurate the show.
               
Social Service: Distribution of new clothes to the poor on the day of inauguration, blood donation camp, distribution of blankets to the poor during winter, health check up, financial help to the poor-these are some of the works the club does every year.

How to go: To access this puja you need to reach at Central Metro. (Central-BBD Bag Crossing) Opp. to Islamia Hospital.

Key Persons: Shri. Pushpak Mukherjee.

Rammohan Srishti Sangha- The glory of Egypt

In their 52nd celebation Rammohan Srishti Sangha will come up with the glory of Egyptian civilization.In his Chicago Trip Swami Vivekananda proclaimed about the two most ancient civilization of the world. One is Egyptian Civilization and another one is Indian Civilization. The members of this club have inspired with the thought of Swamiji and planned to come up with an extra ordinary theme of mingling these two civilization. Undoubtedly it is a tough job but as we know if there is a will there must be a way. This year we will see the conservation of Mummy, the ruined texture of the egyptian houses, their household utensils and many such things related to the Egyptian Civilization. The surprise is how it mingles with the stream of Indian Civilization. So, keep your finger crossed while visiting this puja mandap.

In spite of having a tag of "Baroari Pujo",you will feel the flavor of "Barir Pujo".

Today’s Durga Puja is much more than a mere cultural and religious festival. The smell of perfume, new clothes, incense, flowers, and the drummers create a pious environment by their rhythmic beating of drums during aarti every morning and evening of this three days puja. The beating of dhak and kansar and the dhunuchi dances with a spirit of joy and boundless fun are a part of the frenzied celebrations.

During Durga puja's Chaturthi 'Rammohan Srishti Sangha' distribute new clothes to the poor people, on Panchami clothes are distributed to deaf and dumb children. Health check up and free milk distribution is a part and percel of this festivity as well.

Idol: The famous artisan Shri. Sapan Pal from Kumartuli will present Sabeki Pratima with "Ekchala" pettern.
Pandel will be decorated by Paragon Decorators where as lighting will be done by local electric.


Last year Award: Statesman "Mukut"

Day/Date of Inauguration is Tritiya i.e. on 10th October'2010. Swami ji from "Ramkrishna Mission", Shri.Sudip Bandopadhyay, MP; and Shri. Mukul Roy, MP are expected to be present in the inaugauration. 
               
Social Service: Like every year the club will arrange blood donation camp, free eye check up and surgery, distribution of blankets to the poor during Winter, Sit-n-Draw compition, etc. They will also do Financial help to the poor.

How to go
: It is a 5 minutes walk from Amharst street and Vivekananda Road crossing. You need to locate 'Lohakothi".

Key Persons: Shri. Sujit Gupta, Shri. Dharmendra Jaiswal.

Sabuj Sathi - Presents another hue of emotion

If autumn comes can Durga puja be far behind from the Bengalis? The dhakis have already started their rhythmic beat....A five-day festival, which starts from the evening of Mahashasthi and ends at Dashami brings the biggest happiness for each and every Bengalee. It is the time to get out of the house in colourful dresses and hopping from pandel to pandel, have delicious food and spend great times with friends and family members. Durga Puja is a religious tradition of the Hindus that has gradually turned into a huge carnival in Kolkata over the years and now it has become a major commercial event as well. This puja where creativity wins over the rituals is wonderful occasion in many ways.

This is the 42nd year Durga Puja celebration of 'Sabuj Sathi' that is based on a theme of "KALER SEKAL EKAL". Mythological episode of Mahisasur Badh by Devi Durga has been shown by different arts and sculptures on cave walls,temples and many more holly places around Indian Sub continent. Among those vivid  Chaushotti kala (64 Nos. art forms), artist has chosen 3 nos. particular kalas emphasizing his descriptive endeavor vide above kalas (arts). Out of that 64 kalas found from ancient history of art and sculpture, artist Sri Pradip Nandy have chosen and would exibit ancient art i.e. i) CXHITRA KALA and after passing some decade transformed into ii) ISHAT UTTAL (named as relief) MURTI KALA and further passing several decades developed in to iii) PURNA MURTI KALA. So, this history of formation of arts named as "KALER SEKAL EKAL" and the entire episode of our artistic heritage would be elaborated throughout our pandal and pratima using very basic raw earth, scorched earth which is abandon from nature and very safe from any perspective of fire hazards.


The members of Sabuj Sathi focussed on community development maintaining our basic culture and articularly we respect the seniors of our club as well as local residents. We been associated since 1955 to united an idea to be socially active for different need and causes and follow the much respect to our tradition uniformly. Only discomfort we having since we lost our play ground few years ago.

"Sabuj Sathi is a social club since 1955. Most of the Senior Founder Members are no more with us but we are carrying the legacy to be always green and help who are needy. We undertake many social activities every year. We are celebrating our Durga Puja since last 41 years", said the secretary of 'Sabuj Sathi' to durgapujaonline.com

The entire theme has been conceptualized by Shri. Pradip Nondy and lighting has been done by local Electric.

Last year Award: Have been honoured with few prizes since 2003.

Day/Date of Inauguration: Chaturthi i.e. on 11th October'2010 and
               
Social Service: The club always arranges blood donation camp, free eye check up and surgery. They also distribute blankets to the poor during winter. Every year sit-n-draw competition has been arranged. The club does financial help to the poor as well.

How to go
: 12A, Siddhinath Chatterjee Road, P.O.Behala, Kolkata - 700 034.
(Manton Bus Stop on Diamond Harbor Road between Behala Tram Depot and Asoka Cinema). Club House and Puja Pandal situated just two light post distance from west side of D.H.Road.

Key Persons: Shri. Kashinath paul.

Salt Lake HB Block - a classy presentation

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Now a days every mind has its own preferences and choices. Theme Pujas doesn't mean that they're bad. Somebody believe theme puja's atmosphere is not ideal for devotion. But there are other spaces for those purposes. What about the arts and crafts on display in most pandals these days? Sometime they're reathtaking. The camaraderie and articipation of old-time para Pujas have been replaced by a new bonhomie at the Pujas in housing estates. All four days are spent eating, chatting and sharing time together. The children make themselves busy with various types of cultural programmes like skits, competitions, games and these foster new friendships. This is the new barir pujo now. This is the way how HB Block, Salt Lake has been celebrating Durga Pujo since 26th years. They mix art with tradition, they blend hues with the designs, they jumble sense with the presence of mind. This year HB Block, Salt Lake will come up with the presentation of Rajasthaani Art and Culture. We all are very familiar with Rajathani Art and in my view its awesome.

You are cordially invited to come down to HB Block, Salt Lake to see how the theme maker Shri. Gopal Kar has skatch his thought in Rajasthani ethnicity. The entire block is illuminated with fascinating artwork.

During the durga puja our pulses are high with thoughts of homecoming, happy reunions with the dearest and nearest one, the beat of drums thud across the twilit skyline releasing a fresh boost of life. Everyone tries to forget about their personal clash atleast for the four days of durgapuja. Sweet smell of flowers and incense sticks fill the atmophere in all the community pandals. Prasad distributed after the daily rituals with the dhyang-kur-kur beatings of the dhak and 'pujor gaan' make us feel bengalee. Various cultural programmes are organized. Breaking the hurdles of age the participation is unanimous. The speciality of HB Block pujo is "PONGTI BHOJ". On Saptami, Ashtami and Navami, all the people of Abasan unite and have their lunch and dinner togather. 

Pandel decortion has been done by Sree krishna Decorators and your eyes will really get a treat as the lighting has been done by Subhas Electric from Chandannagar. 

Last year Award: WB Govt - Sera Paribesh.

The expected date of inauguration is panchami i.e. on 12th October'2010 at 6.30 pm. The inaugauration will be done by Shri. Shyamal Sen.
               
Social Service: They distribution new clothes to the poor on the day of inauguration. Blood donation camp, distribution of blankets to the poor during Winter, normal health check ups, and financial help to the poor are usually organised by the puja committee.

How to go: To access this puja you need to reach at Salt lake Stedium. Go towards Karunamoyee where you will get the landmark location GD Island.
                                   
Key Persons
: Shri. Anil Chakraborty
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Murari Pukur Bidhan Shangha - The Academy and its Fine Art

Sen decorator is giving structural shape to the brain child of Mr. Aloke Roy and Maatri electricals and Roy electricals from Chandannagar lighting up the venue. Come all to visit the makeshift replica of Academy of Fine Arts. This is an initiative to re-awaken the artistic consciousness among people in the era of mechanism and nuclear weapon.

Inside the mandap an exhibition has been organized under the vigilance of the renowned photographer Mr. Atunu Pal, founder of Third Eye. Another segment inside the mandap will exhibit forms of sculptures, organized by Friends of Fine Arts.

Hall of Fame: This is the first time ever that some organization has initiated an open air, make-shift exhibition. Organizers hope that they live up to the
expectations of the janata.

Committee for the Society
: The committee goes beyond the boundaries of its neighbourhood to offer aid to the needy. They distribute books to those who can’t afford in an organized way. Distribution of basic necessary commodities to the street dwellers is a very important part of their donation. Apart from these, regular free health check-up camps are also organized for all.

Reach out: Ultadanga, North Kolkata form a must visit route during pujas. To visit this make-shift and open air exhibition you need to reach Telengabagan. Bang opposite is your replica of Academy of Fine Arts.

Kalitala Sporting Club - "Amar Sur Chuye Jai Choron"


Bengalis are proudly celebrating 150th birth anniversary of Kabiguru Rabindranath Thakur in all possible way. Why should Durgatsab be left behind, being the most celebrated festival of Bengalis. Kabiguru can be related to every aspect of life, every festivity, every emotion, every situation, every day-to-day minute details of household, in short he has given us something related to everything in his penned work.

Kalitala Sporting Club is celebrating their 22nd anniversary with their Durgatsab 2010 in a Rabindrik style. They have adopted the theme of one of Kabiguru’s most celebrated poem Pujor Saaj narrating the story of Shidhu and Bidhu through their concept. The concept has been adopted by the visualization of Sri Suman Mondal. Maa’s idol will give you the perfect sense of its Bengali flavor being an Ekchala pratima.

Renowned actress Shatabdi Roy will inaugurate the occasion on Panchami, 12th October. Mr. Sujit Kumar Das, secretary, Kalikapur Sporting Club, humbly invites you to cherish the essence of pure Rabindrik Bangaliyana.

Cultural Aspect: The club has initiated Anganwari system for the benefit of the underprivileged children of the neighbourhood.

To encourage reading and education the Club has facilitated their library facility to non-member neighbours as well on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Hall of Fame: Though not much old enough compared to other progressive Durgatsabs in town but still they have already won the hearts of janata for their well organized and well cultured puja. Last year the Club was honoured with Abhagar Sharod Shiromoni prize.

Committee for the Society: Apart from initiating Angarwari for the needy children of the neighbourhod and availing library facility to the neighbours, the club offers many other social aids. Regular health check up camps, eye check up camps, blood donation camps, free thalassaemia treatment for the underprivileged and distribution of winter wears and blankets to the poor mark their events’ calendar.

Reach out: You surely wouldn’t want to miss cherishing new yet traditional flavor Bangaliyana with a tinge of Rabindriyana. You can access any of the two entrance to get this Puja. One is from EM Bypass another is from Jadavpur Police Station. As you reach Kalitala crossing, near Prince Anwar Shah connector you land up in the tell-tale land of Kabiguru’s Pujor Saaj.

Hatibagan Nabin Palli - The Work of Art

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Photography Courtesy: Prasenjit Dhar (The Raising)


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It is not easy to value the different brands of Indian culture and forms of art as they are so versatile in nature. Many of them couldn’t survive the test of time. Cadar badar is one among the many of such lost forms of art. It is a kind of wooden work originated with the ideation of Santhals of Birbhum, one of the oldest original Indian clans. Hathibagan Nabin Palli reincarnates this form of art as their puja theme in 2010 to celebrate their 76th anniversary.

Mr. Kamaldip Dhar, Vice Chancellor, Vishwa Bharati, Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan came up with the bright spark to rejuvenate the art form and brought the local Santhal community together to bring up the art before the world. The marvelous result of their hard work cannot be pen-pictured. Thus Mr. Amitava Roy, secretary, Hathibagan Nabin Palli meekly invites you to admire the craft in person. The puja will be inaugurated on Chaturthi, 11th October 2010. Step forward to observe this almost obsolete form of art.  

Cultural Aspect: It is a time when the entire neighbourhood comes together to celebrate the occasion. Difference of cast and creed disappears and the elders encourage the younger ones to realize the harmony of the society and observe it as well. Through various cultural programs the committee brings the neighbourhood together. Entertaining cultural programs for all age groups are being organized. 

The committee organizes various social interactive activities like sit-n-draw competition, cooking contests, and many more to make the entire neighbourhood a family.

Hall of Fame: Since last 76 years Hathibagan Nabin Palli have been celebrating this puja with faith and warmth. Last year they were honoured with many prizes from different organizations like Icore, Star Ananda, Kolkata TV Nabarabtna, Kolkata TV Nojorkara and Pratin Sera Das.

Committee for the Society: The committee made the neighbourhood a family and the left out of the society a part of their greater family. Regular free health check up camps, free eye check up camps, blood donation camps, distribution of winter wears and blankets to the underprivileged are part of their greater family service aids.

Reach out: The pujas of North Kolkata are surely not to be missed. This work of art is placed right at the Dalimtala crossing, Aurobindo Sarani, near Hathibagan City Mart.
                                   

Dumdum Park Bharat Chakra - "Putul Nach-er Itikotha"


As the journey of life begins we get accustomed to puppets. We are introduced to them by playing with them. Gradually in the course of life we become puppets in the hands of time. Or are we puppets from the very beginning and it’s just the way we are being seasoned to the eternal fact! Dumdum Park Bharat Chaka has adopted this immortal virtue of life as their theme for Durgatsab 2010. The noted artist Gourago Kuila have crafted the concept and gave it a structural shape using puppets only.

The puppet house will be inaugurated on Chaturthi, 11th October, 2010. Mr. Debasish Tapadar and Mr. Pratik Chowdhuri, Jt. Secretaries, Dumdum Park Bharat Chakra, humbly invites you to witness the only constant virtue of dynamic life and grace the occasion.

Cultural Aspect: A few enthusiastic local youths started the club in 1957. They wanted to give the local residents a sense of belongingness to the area. During this short span of time the club has become one of the most noted organizations in this part of the city. The organization has won the hearts of thousands with their cultural enrichment and social involvements.

The club has their own cultural magazine, Prayas. They have also initiated a Prayas Sahitya Sanman recently.

Hall of Fame
: The club has not only won thousands of hearts but a number of awards also. Last year the club was honoured by Asian Paint Sharad Samman – Shrestha Puja, Impact Puja Safety Award – 2nd, Finolex Aloke Surakkha Samman – 2nd , CESC Telegraph  true spirit puja – 2 Star,  Star Ananda – “Hall of Fame”,  ICore pujor shera Shiropa – 5th, Shrishti TV sharod Samman – Best and many more.

Committee for the Spciety: The committee always wanted to reach out to the hearts of people around. They offer aids to the needy ones. They distribute winter wears and blankets to the poor, arrange for free thalasemia treatment for the underprivileged, organize free health check up camps, free eye check up camps, and blood donation camps on a regular basis.

Reach out: Two routes can be accessed to get this Puja. One is from Baguiati More and another is from Jessore Road. As you reach Dum Dum Park, just walk towards United Bank Of India’s local branch and you reach the Puppet House on show for this Puja.

BJ Block, Salt Lake

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Photography Courtesy: Soumalya Kumar De (The Rising)

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It’s a primitive belief that the flowering of waving Kaash indicates the rains are over and the autumn has begun. It’s a time for good hope. The bright and breezy mornings, silky sunshine, mild smell of shiuli flowers make us feel that  the durga Puja 2010 countdown has begun! This year BJ blok, Salt lake is going to adore our beloved Kobiguru Rabindranath during the celebration of Durga Puja.The three best will be mingled with each other and these are

Autumn: the best season of Bengal,
Durga puja: the best festival of Bengal and
Rabindranath: the best of the bests.

The theme catchline is:
                                      
                           "Rabindra aaloke udvasito, BJ blocker Sharod nibedan.......Tomaar pujaar chhale"
                                                                  
Tagore’s short tale Kabuliwallah concludes right in the middle of autumn—saratkaal. Mini’s marriage takes place during the puja holidays, and Rahman’s own daughter awaits her father’s return in her distant mountain home. The essence of Kabuliwallah lies in basking in such an aura of human generosity.

The presentation will surely enchant our feelings. The overall decoration will be fabulous. The series of Taal Gachh (Palm Tree) will be on the bank of the Kopaai River. The wall will be  decorated with artistic relief work by the Artists coming from Santhal Parganas.


Last year Award:    "Labon hrad Sambad" - Sera Pujo
                                WB Police - Over all 2nd
                                Exide - Sera 20

Day/Date of Inauguration: Panchami at 6.30 pm i.e. on 12th October'2010. Though it is not yet decided that who will inaugaurate the puja still it is expected that there will be loads of grandeur as well as fun.

Social & Cultural side: Quiz Compitition, Cultural Program like Song, Dance, drama, and recitation will be there. Blood donation camp, distributing blankets to the poor during Winter, health Check up and financial help to the poor; these are some of the common activities that BJ block does every year.

How to reach there: Near Salt lake Stedium just go towards Karunamoyee, the landmark location to reach thsi puja is 206 bus stand.
                                  
Key Persons: Shri. Nilanjab Banerjee/Shri. Shubhanka Basu

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South London - Tooting Durga Puja


Tooting Durga Puja is an Asian Charity Organisation based in the heart of Tooting, South London, which started celebrating Durga Puja since the year 1986 ,among other social cultural and charitable activities. This Indian British organization offers the best of Asian culture and tradition with grace and pride. This organisation provides an opportunity for the children to learn about the rich and ancient cultural heritage of India through organizing various talent shows, literary events and other cultural events where the youths actively participate. This organisation provide support to many affiliated charitable organisations and every year select a charitable organisation and financially fund them to bring happiness to the deprived ones.

This year 2010 will be the 24th year of festival celebrations. They are expecting visitors from all over London as well as Surrey, Kent, Essex, Middlesex and even Liverpool and Glasgow. The festival hall, with car park facility, is the 2nd biggest and well equipped hall in the south London area and can accommodate 500 guests at a time. During the 5 days of festivities they usually have the good fortune of welcoming over 5500 guests and this number is growing every year.

To mark this auspicious occasion every year this organisation publish a colourful brochure which is distributed free among all the visitors. Not less than 5000 people read the articles and advertisements contained within these brochures.

Fresh vegetarian meals are prepared everyday on the premises and served free of charge to the visitors and devotees twice a day. They also serve fruits and soft drinks. This organisation is a charitable one that fully depends on donations from well wishers.

Rammohan Sammeloni - Celebrating 67th year

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The last few years have seen a new craze of theme fling. Somewhere deep amidst all of these we are loosing the charm of our good old homely, traditional, typically Bengalee Durga Puja. In the rat-race of award winning themes we are loosing the essence of our very own flavor of Durga Puja in households’ thakur dalan, or neighborhoods’ athchala.

Rammohan Shammeloni, Shukhiya street, north Kolkata presents you your most awaited festival of the year with the most celebrated theme Bengalees have witnessed ever since Akal Bodhon has been in practice. The committee is celebrating their splendid 66th anniversary this year with Durgatsab 2010. Mr. Amar Chatterjee, Secretary of the committee humbly invites you to grace the occasion with your presence.

Mahua Decorators are crafting the mandap inside out in a traditional approach to take you back to the nostalgia of the eternal lore stories of your Granny’s of the grand, traditional Durgatsab in their village. Ujjwal Electric are lighting up the decoration, but not without your support and presence will the occasion be enlightened. Artist Rudrajit Pal from Kumartuli has skilled the Durga pratima in our very own traditional way. Maharaj of Ramkrishna Mission will inaugurate the celebration on 11th October which is Chaturthi.


Cultural Aspect: Post the inauguration ceremony on Chaturthi, the committee has organized a cultural evening. On Dashami evening storm your brain out for answers as the quiz contest proceeds and sharpen your treasure of knowledge. Post quiz contest put your brain at rest and set your mind to cherish some pure Bengalee entertainment with porty recitation.

Reach out: You surely can’t afford to miss the north Kolkata Durga Pujas. As you reach main Shukhiya street, all the way you need to go is just walk down a minute towards Rammohan Mancha, bang opposite to Shukhiya train station, and there you are, standing tall amidst the nostalgia and living it in the mandap!

Hall of Fame: This year Rammohan Sammeloni is gifting a traditional Durgatsab. Nevertheless since last few years this puja committee has presented many remarkable themes. In 1994 & 1996 this puja received Asian Paint Sharad Samman. In 2004 Rammohan Sammeloni celebrated its 60th anniversary. It was an eventful year. They crafted the Durgatsab mandap with pencils. Last year Rammohan Shommeloni was honoured with Star Ananda – Special Prize, CTVN – Sarbik Sera and Sristi Minu Saree – First prize.


Committee for the Society: The committee has always been there and will be there till its existence for the well being of the society. Regular blood donation camps, free health check up camps, free eye check camps and free thalassemia treatment for the underprivileged people are accounted in their social event calendar.

Distribution of winter-wears and blankets to the needy are a must on their annual donation.

Besides, regular sit and draw competitions and other cultural and educational programs to encourage individual skills in different fields are parts of their many other endeavors for the society.

Every year an annual appreciation function is organized to honour the students who have successfully cleared the educational board examinations.

You surely will not want to miss this noble committee’s extremely soul touching traditional puja theme this year. Don’t let your nostalgia fade away in the shadow of non-sustenance, live it and keep it alive!!

Sitalatala Mitali Kakurgachi - 2011

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The most awaited and celebrated festival of Bengalees’ is here again round the corner. Kolkatans are noted for their spirit of joy as the Kolkata being The City of Joy itself. Kolkata is also the cultural hub of the country thus giving the Kolkatans the inspiration to preserve their esteem of being culturally rich and live up to the expectation of visitors to our hometown.

Mitali’s Durgatsab 2010:

North Kolkata is known the best for its tradition maintenance in every aspect of life. Sitalatala Sarbojonin Durgatsab Committee, “Mitali”, Kankurgachhi, celebrates their glorious 74th anniversary this year with their Durgatsab, 2010. Mitali is just another socio-cultural committee of north Kolkata, but here is the answer to what makes Mitali different from all other. The Jt. Secretaries, Shri Ranjit Mallik and Shri Sudip Saha and the entire committee warmly welcome everyone to grace the occasion with your presence.

This year the committee is all set to treat the eyes and minds of janata with their amazingly innovative, new yet traditional theme. The eminent artiste, Shri Gouranga Kulia has endeavored bringing the virtual concept of the committee to reality. The podium, the interior and the exterior of the mandap is being skilled with silk threads, colourful cloths and feathers, faggot of palms, etc. Mandap’s walls and roof will portray the stories of one of our great epics Ramayana and Manasa Mangal Kavya.

Reach Out:

You are sure to hop around the north of Kolkata during Puja. Just drop in at Kakurgachhi crossing and walk towards Ghosh Para for a few minutes and there you are amidst the colourful, sacred terrain of faith and religion!

Committee for the Society:

“Mitali”, the name itself suggests the essence of bonding flavoured with the delicacy of friendship. It is a familiar name to not only those who reside in and around Kakurgachhi, Ghoshpara , but to those also who stay well away from Mitali.

Durga Puja being the most awaited and celebrated festival of Bengalees should preserve the spirit of its joy. Unlike many other organizations, Mitali has no fixed amount of donation, thus not encouraging any financial burden on people and maintain the sacred spirit of the auspicious occasion.

Not just the annual grand celebration of Durga Puj, Mitali conducts many social activities for the benefits of the common people. In January, events like sit and draw competition, quiz contests, annual sports competition, etc. are being organized to encourage the competitive attitude exercising every individual’s skills and strength in the particular fields.

To celebrate the supremacy of knowledge and education Mitali observes Saraswati Puja, honouring the Goddess of knowledge.

Mitali has always stood beside the needy people. Distribution of winter-wears, blankets and other basic necessary goods and medicines to the unprivileged are part of their social offerings to the underprivileged, every year. Blood donation camps, free health check up camps, free eye check up camps mark their regular social events’ calendar.

Emergency help lines for natural calamities is also been scrutinized y the committee regularly.

Visit Sitalatala Sarbajanin, Mitali and witness their marvelous innovation and art taste for yourself. Once you are there, you are sure to thank yourself and feel glad that you didn’t miss it.

Tala Palli : "Tumi Rabe Nirabe"


This year Tala Palli Sadharan Durgotsab will present a traditiona pujo, focusing on the 150th Birthday celebration of Kabiguru Rabindranath Thakur. The puja will come up with the "Ekchala" concept, decorated by the photographs of Kabiguru Rabindranath Thakur. Rabindranath Thakur is not just an idol to be commemorated. He does not belong to a specific century. He left his indelible mark of humanity. He won over his daily needs of hunger, greed and helplessness to step forward into the world of deep meditation. He was a seeker of the ultimate beauty through his culture and creation.


Here Shri. Sanatan Rudra Pal intend to commemorate him with the  true spirit of this festivity. The melodious "Robi thakurer gaan"  fills the air, excites your pulse. There is no age bar, from eight to eighty start enjoying the every bit of moments. Grand paa can not confined himself within the four wall. With his toddling feet he comes down to share his smile with the new generation...After fading out, a new song fades in with its prelude.....
The humming is all around.......
                                        "Dariye aachho tumi aamaar gaaner o paare
                                          amaar sur guli paay charan
                                          aami paaini tomare..........."
                                        
The chorus tune charge up the atmosphere. This is our kobiguru. He is companion forever.
Dadu smiles but his eyes bulge with tear. Looking to the azure sky he murmurs...
                                         "Thakur, tumi rabe nirabe......"

Talapalli Sadharan Durgotsab has been renamed by Talapalli Sadharan Durgotsab Samity. This year they are celebrating 65 year , expecting huge gathering during these festive days. On the opening day a  blood donation camp will be organized and the committee will distribute clothes to the poor.

Pandel: New Star, Kanthi

Light: K.K.Electric,Beliaghia

Inauguration: On the Chaturthi i.e. on 11th october'2010 the puja will be inaugaurated by Ramkrishna Mission Maharaj.

Committee Member: Shri Anup Kr. Kundu

Route Guide: There are two ways to reach the puja. One is from Laketown, you need to reach Tala Post Office. But the more convenient route is from Shyambazar Five Point or Belgachia Metro.

Social Service: Education for the poor children. Blood donation camp, financial help for the poor, Sit-n-Draw competition.

Hatkhola Gossainpara

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Photography Courtesy: Prasenjit Dhar (The Raising)

2010 Coverage


This year Hatkhola Gonsaipara Sarbajanin will come up with a fabulous theme. The theme maker Shri.Manas Roy feels that every state has it's own rituals and belief to celebrate Durga Puja. So by collecting the unique and ethnic tradition of five states (Bihar, Orissa, Rajasthan, Assam and Bengal) the theme has been conceptualized.

Right from the entrance to the podium, the five cultures have been mingled with each other. One can see the hues of Madhubani paintings, glorious art work of Orissa, Rajasthani puppets, Assam's colorful caps and Spears and the last but not least the ethnicity of Bengal, which will create the traditional delicacies, furnished with Kaash flowers and Kulos.

This is the73rd year of Hatkhola Gonsaipara Sarbajanin Pujo. During these festive days of celebration we have  to mend our own wounds, to let free of our anger, and to share this tranquility and joy with all. Durga Puja is a chance for everyone to come together, to forget about past quarrels, and to simply enjoy in peace. This Durga Puja, I encourage everyone to experience this harmony; release your own anger, lust, and greed, and share the culture and serenity of Durga Puja.

Pratima: The Pratima will be prepared on clay with a glorious relief work, Ekchala pattern.The theme maker himself has taken care of the idols.

Pandel: Bhowmik Decorators.

Light: The illumination will create an illusion this year. Almost 1500 pradip (lamp light) will be lit up and the shades of the colorful lamp shades will make you feel illusive.

Inauguration: Chaturthi, 11th october'2010

Last year Awards: Star Ananda's Sera Juri Awrd, CSCE- Telegraph - Pujo spirit Sera 10, Yuba Kalyan -Sera 25, Hatkhola Gonsaipara Sarbajanin was one of the semi finalists in "Pujor laraai" organized by 24 ghanta.

Route Guide: You have to reach shovabazar Metro. From there onward it is 5 minutes walk towards Kumartuli Park.

Social service: Education for the poor children, blood donation camp, financial help for the poor, Sit-n-Draw competition, etc. Every year the committee members distribute the clothes that are offered to Maa Durga to the Ramkrishna Mission.

Contact Person: Shri subhas Pal /Shri. Debasish Goswami