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Golden cap to Bengali puja pageantry

india Updated: Sep 25, 2006 22:45 IST

BENGALI ASSOCIATION, Tatya Tope Nagar will celebrate its golden jubilee Durga Puja in the City in a big way this year. The celebration, which includes puja, evening aarti, cultural programmes among others, will begin on September 26 and conclude on October 2.

“This is going to be an important and historic event for the association, as we’re entering the 50th year of celebrations,” said Bengali Association’s secretary Salil Chatterjee.

He said to mark the occasion, apart from the regular fair outside the temple premises, cultural programmes have been scheduled. These range from musicals to plays by Kolkata-based and local artistes. He added everyday puja will tentatively begin from 9 am onwards. 

“To mark the special occasion, the association has brought sculptors from the famous Kumartuli in Kolkata and the décor will depict traditional ‘Durga Dalaan’ of the 19th and 20th century Bengal,” said in-charge of decoration and cultural events Diptok Sinha.

On September 26, Kolkata band - Chandrabindoo, the first Bengali band to perform in Los Angeles in 2003, will play in the City. “The other events will be dance-drama based on Chitrangada by Mitrayan, singing by Dhruvajit, Nandnik’s ‘Nagar Kotwal’ play directed by Dipu Das and noted Bengali vocalist Shriradha Bandopadhyay and her group’s presentation,” added Joy Chatterjee.

To give the golden jubilee celebration the colour of a carnival, ‘Sharadotsav’ – a funfair — has been organised, which will have 30 stalls right from service sector to eateries. “Wee’ve roped in Maruti, Tata Motors, Idea, LIC, SBI, PNB and others from the service sector. Besides, there will be a wide variety of mouth-watering food joints at the venue,” said Dr P K Pathak, in-charge of the puja.

“Every year it is visited by people from all religions and a cross-section of the society, which depicts communal harmony and City’s cosmopolitan culture,” he added.

Preparations at TT Nagar Kalibari premises for Durga Puja is in full swing as artistes and decorators work almost round-the-clock for D-day on September 26. Maha-Shashthi (the sixth day of Navaratri) will fall on September 28.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Dr N Banerjee, in-charge of Netaji Shubash Charitable Clinic, which was inaugurated on August 30 to mark the golden jubilee, said services were offered to patients both from 8.30 to 11.30 am and 4 to 7 pm.

“We’ve ENT, ortho, medicine, gynaecology, psychiatry, pediatrics, eye-treatment and pathology at our OPD and we’re planning to start dermatology, homeopathy, Ayurveda and yoga after the puja,” he said.