Press Release/ Kolkata: Located at 1/1C, Debendra Ghosh Road, Bhowanipur (Near Netaji Bhavan Metro station), Bhowanipur 75 Palli Sarbojanin Durgotsab is one of the eye catcher puja of the city for its innovative concept and celebration style. This Puja is particularly famous for its unique style of pandals and also for the social work which the committee carries out throughout the year. Over the years senior politicians, celebrities from Tollywood, Theatre personalities, eminent litterateurs, industrialists etc. have regularly visited this Puja to make it a grand success.
Theme of 2016:- Bhowanipur E – Aarshinagar
The members of Bhowanipur 75 Palli have taken up the challenge to discover the greatest ‘Aarshinagar‘. In this biggest occasion we have tried to resemble this colorful joy through the means of AARSHI or Mirror in front of welcomed visitors. Within the mirror we get the clear reflection of life and characters, which not only makes our life lively but also makes us nostalgic. Our effort here is to reflect the gorgeous time of this festival in such a manner which creates the joyful coordination of the festival for eyes as well as mind. In our “AARSHINAGAR”, we have tried to bring in front of our viewers mainly the Glass-Cloth sewing designs and other artistic works from various states of our country showcasing the spectacular handicrafts and its creation. We have tried to establish the pleasant and charismatic look of our Ma Durga representing her divine existence.
Speaking to the media, Mr. Subir Das, Club Secretary said, “After the huge success of 51st, the entire team of 75 Palli is fully charged up for this year. We will be promoting young talent Mr. Biman Saha as an artist with a perfect theme which blends this 52nd year and make it a success story once again by showcasing this city of glasses this year. This year’s special attraction would be the Saint Teresa’s live size replica which shall remain as selfie zone during the entire tenure of Durga puja. Unlike every year we shall request our Hon’ble Chief Minister to inaugurate our puja this year also along with unveiling the Statue”.
KHUTI PUJA: Bhowanipur 75 Palli Sarbojonin Durgotsav heralded the autumnal ritual with the Khuti Puja on 24th July, 2016 to mark the start of Durga puja proceedings. The occasion was also graced by the presence of various eminent personalities like Sri Firhad Bobby Hakim, Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development & Municipal Affairs; Sri Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Hon’ble Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports; Sri Kartik Banerjee, Social Activist; Sri Malay Mukherjee, Everest Climber 2016; Sri Sourashish Lahiri, Cricketer; Smt. Suchandra Vaaniya, Tollywood Actress & many others.
SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS: Bhowanipur 75 Palli will have a special counter with wheelchair and stretchers. They will also have Medical camp with Ambulance facilities. There is a VIP entrance too but senior citizens; disabled and differently-abled visitors and pregnant women will not require cards to take the route. The volunteers of the Puja Committee would assist them.
PREVIOUS THEMES: Bhowanipur 75 Palli Sarbojonin Durgostav takes immense pride to celebrate the 52nd year with much opulence and creativity. The Committee has always tried to create a niche amongst all contemporary pujas by bringing about uniqueness through the concept and in the thought process that goes into the festivity like pandal creation, idol, ambience, safety and communal harmony. After the success of “Neel Sadae Ek Tukro Bhawanipur” followed by “Maa-Er Anchol Sharod Shure, Dekhte Ashun Bhawanipur-E” and “O amar Desher Maati (Oh, the land of my country) with Ponchasey Pochattor, Juta Abishkar” and unconventional out of the box themes every year Bhowanipur 75 Palli Sarbojonin Durgotsav is now celebrating its 52nd year with “Aarshinagar” and hoping for immense appreciation too as always.
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS: Bhowanipur 75 Palli have received many Awards in past years, few of which included: Serar Sera: Biswa Bangla Sharod Samman (Govt. of West Bengal), Mayor’s Choice Award: Kolkata Sree (KMC), 3rdPrize: Exide Ami-E-Srestha Sharod Samman, 3rd Prize: Forum For Human Right Protection, Dakkhiner Sera Poribesh: Serum Sharod Baron, Special Judge’s Award: Sharod Sree, Special Judge’s Award: Bhorer Alo Sharod Samman, Sera Pujo For Samaj Seva Kaaj: Banchbo Sharod Samman, Green Puja Award: Jodhpur Park Vision Makers, Golden Heritage: Debjit Sir Sharod Samman, Discovery Award: Indian Festival Sharod Samman, Srestho Poribesh Bandhu Pujo: Parampara Sharod Samman, Mega Sharod Samman: Mahasweta Sharod Samman, Vivek Sharod Samman: Vivek Pothey, Vivek Sharod Samman: Calcutta Vivek,Sera Mandap: Kolkata Festivel Sharod Samman, Sera Uposthapona: Dakkhin Kolkata Krira O Sanskritik Parisad, Winner: Indian Medical Association, Best Volunteer: Kolkata Police, Serader Sera Dwitiyo: Nirmal Puja From Kpt, KMC And Govt. of W.B. and many others.
SOCIAL & CULTURAL SIDE: A part of the donation and subscription that they collect in the Durga Puja is utilized in social works round the year. Some of these include – Complimentary health checkups & assistance for the local habitats round the year; Awareness programme run all through the year regarding socio economic hazards; Organizing Blood, Body and Eye Donation camps.; Distribution of new sarees and clothes during the Durga Puja to the under-privileged ones; Giving educational kits and books to the children below poverty line; Giving blankets to needy during the winter season and many such CSR activities for welfare of the society.
Year of Initiation: 1965
Artist: Conceptualization and Thematic design by Biman Kr. Saha
Idol Maker: Parimal Pal
Height of Mandap: 45 Feet