Tuesday, October 11, 2005

durga pujas 2005 - kolkata and overseas

Here is a selection of the Fav Five of Kolkata as perceived by the Telegraph -

Durga is the spice, bread and grain of life –

Bengalis who reside in Bengal enjoy Durga Pujas no matter whether it rains or not. As the popular saying goes – ‘this is that period in the life of a youngster when he does quite a number of things for the first time – the first smoke, the first wink, the first fluttering of the eyelids.’ Those who have settled in other parts of India participate in programs that are nearest to their homes, they feel homesick, and yearn for the real things back home. But, for those who have settled abroad, getting together to share this happiness is an event of sorts that need to be planned well in advance. A search on the internet revealed the following websites that deal with Durga Pujas 2005. Hence, I have indicated the links. Readers can follow them, share their experiences and realize the amount of enthusiasm that exists in Bengalis wherever they may be present.

Sunnyvale, California - http://www.sulekha.com/events/evtdp.aspx?cid=137653

Maynard, MA – http://www.prabasione.org/durga_puja.htm

Canada - http://deshantari.com/durgapuja2005.htm

The credit of dispatching the first Durga idol made of ‘shola’ goes to one Amar Nath Ghosh of Kumartuli. He has been at it for the last thirty years. The idols are small and extra light but used to be invariably colored white – the basic color of ‘shola’. However, with the growing demand of colors, the artist has devised his unique method. The final products are so breathtaking that the East Coast Museum of New York and Frankfurt Anthropological Museum have preserved them.

another interesting link –

amaar duniya


Blogger sushilsingh said...

Hi, Friend

Durga Puja is the most important festival of Bengalis. Consisting of series of rituals

this five day long homecoming welcome of Goddess Durga is close to every Bengalis

heart and soul.Durga Puja means more to us than just a religious festival., the

Goddess of Valor, Ma Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Ma Saraswati and many

many happy Durga Puja.
Plesse visit for more detail

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