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Durga pandals reflect Bengali culture
Pranita Roy | Saturday, 8 October 2016 AT 11:17 AM IST
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In the 13th year of its celebrations, the Nandanik Sanstha in Koregaon Park has decided to go green as all idols are made of terracotta clay which is easily soluble in water without contaminating it. This Durga Puja is known to be the elite Puja of Pune, President of Kalyani Nagar Sarbojanin Durgotsav Biman Mookerji said, “This year, our entire idols are made of clay which is eco-friendly material. We usually don’t concentrate on the decoration as our location itself adds the glamour to it.”

A series of cultural events have been listed from Mahashashti till Vijaya Dashami. Special guest Sumita Mahajan will perform on the eve of Saptami followed by comedy theatre drama and Lalon Fakir Academy will perform on Ashtami. Other than the glitz and glamour of the puja, the committee hosts 20 stalls of various Bengali originated craft, sarees and food.  

Bangiya Sansad Nagar Road, Viman Nagar
Bangiya Sansad has become a renowned committee in 12 years of its existence because of the variety and traditional way of celebrations offered by the people. The committee hosts over 3,000 people every year. This year, the series of cultural events are organised according to the theme which includes; Bangla Bhuli Kikore- a series of skit, dance and music presenting real Bengali and Bangliyana and many more such fun and entertaining activities are organised throughout the puja. “Our cultural theme is based on Bengali literature as we feel that Bengali culture is diminishing. Through various entertainment forms, we want to revive the culture and live our old days with joy and memories,” says cultural secretary Munmun Majumdar.

This year, the puja is being conducted in a ground opposite Lunkad Queensland, near New Dorabjee’s.

Poona Bango Sanmilani, Bhosale Garden, Hadapsar
Poona Bango Sanmiloni’s Durga idol is embellished in the combination of Daker saaj and Sholar saaj, an authentic decoration of the zamindar of Kolkata. Durga is dressed in milky white glitters and jewellery which attracts the visitors.

Apart from the celebrations, the committee also concentrates on the health of their people and have organised a three-day medical camp comprising blood donation camp on Saptami, liver check-up camp on Ashtami and general health camp on Navami. “Other than these camps, we also feed few underprivileged children in our society. This year, we have invited children of Sambhaji Maharaj Orphan Home on Ashtami, we will offer them our authentic Kichuri bhog,” said Vice-President Saurasis Ghoshal.

Akriti Sarbojanin Durgotsav, Shankar Ground, Magarpatta Road
This year, Pune has witnessed the birth of new Durga Puja organisation in Hadapsar which warmly welcomes devotees from across the city. The committee was formed to share the belongingness as it doesn’t restrict one to be member of the committee, but to be a part of the family. The committee has decorated its idol and the stage in Madhubani painting with a pinch of village environment to take their people in homes of villages back in east. The organisation has also planned an unique celebration, “We will celebrate our puja with the inmates of an old age home and differently abled children on Navami. We are also open for all devotees who can get involved in different courses of puja with us without being a member. Also, the bhog will be prepared especially by a cook from Kolkata so that we don’t miss the taste,” said General Secretary Sanjib Srivastava.

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