The second stop was the massive apartment complex of 1,254 flats — Sherwood Estate. That many flats meant that big a turnout and that much more fun! Residents thronged the blue- and- white pandal located in the central garden to catch up with Rituparna.
A wide expanse of greenery is the first thing that strikes a visitor to this Narendrapur complex, which added to its Durga Puja theme — Peace and Tranquillity.
" Our speciality is the fact that each and every one from all the thousand- plus flats participates in every activity. We also have one of the biggest community lunch in the city, as can be imagined," smiled Mainak Chakraborty, the joint secretary of the puja committee.
Every two steps, the star was stopped for " just one" snap. In the mandap , it was a sea of heads that waited to greet Rituparna into their homes after she received blessings from the purohit . Sherwood Estate had fire extinguishers and first- aid facilities in place, as well as an ambulance on call. The residents gifted saris to every domestic help working in the complex and also made a donation to local orphanages.
Soon enough, the residents requested Rituparna to join in their festive dance and the actress happily complied. Fiveyear- olds Gayatree Rakshit and Tanisha Damre, who experienced their first Durga Puja in Calcutta, joined in.
" Despite the rain, the pandal is clean and well- maintained.
The area is huge and there's a lot of greenery around," was the wrap- up word from Rituparna.
Rituparna offered anjali at Srijan Sonargaon." I have never missed the Ashtami anjali . I like offering anjali to Ma Durga at a homely puja because all the rituals are followed meticulously... the people here are so warm and loving. I had a great time. Thank you Telegraph , for making my Ashtami so special," she smiled.
She came, she prayed, she danced! And they all danced with her! Rituparna was a sport when the residents of Srijan Sonargaon requested her to match steps with them to the beat of the dhaak . Ritu joined the group of women and showed some of her jhatkas and matkas ." This was so much fun! The ladies were so sporting. Dancing to the beat of the dhaak is something special," laughed the actress after a good 15 minutes of fab footwork.
Rituparna admires the creativity of the residents.
" The paintings are unique. They are made on a piece of cloth... Festival of Joy is also about community feeling, which is great," she said.
Rituparna pins the Shaktiroopena badge on one of the residents of Srijan Sonargaon. Shaktiroopena, the campaign by Ambuja Cement in association with Anandabazar Patrika and The Telegraph, is aimed at empowering the women of Bengal.
Rituparna and Arijit Nandi, national head, human resources, Eureka Forbes, check out a pile of gigantic books, which were a part of the themed decor.
Rituparna at the Sherwood Estate mandap. Ritu is offered a bouquet of yellow roses by a toddler.
The women and kids of Sherwood Estate urged the actress to shake a leg with them to the tune of Chammak challo.
Article Courtesy : Telegraph