On behalf of Bombay Durga Bari Samiti, we invite you for one of the oldest Durga Puja celebrations in Mumbai, celebrating their 87th year, to be held from Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016.
Date: 6th – 11th October
Venue: Tejpal Hall, Gowalia Tank.
Time: 9 pm onwards
Bombay Durga Bari Samiti: Pujo 2016
Bombay Durga Bari Samiti (“the Samiti”) is one of the oldest Durga Pujas of Mumbai, which dates back to 1930,this being the 87th year of our celebrations. Times have changed, the number of members have grown, but what has remained constant is the spirit and dedication with which have individuals have consistently worked at making it a premier, non-sectarian, cultural and charitable organization in Mumbai.
Over the years, the Samiti has been celebrating the Bengali New Year along with Kabiguru’s birth anniversary, followed by Sharadutsav, Kojagori, Deepavali and BasantUtsavs. While conducting and organizing the various festivals, the Samiti has through the years undertaken various charitable activities, some of which are as follows:
(i) Granting scholarships to needy and meritorious students, which makes a significant difference to these students in helping them achieve their career objectives
(ii) Donations to PranabKanya Sangha for building additional dormitories and a washroom at their residential hostel for girl students in Nallasopara
(iii) Distribution of food packets and T-shirts to a school for underprivileged children
(iv) Distributing food during the various Utsavsto the needy and the underprivileged, and distribution of foodgrains to organizations looking after and providing education to underprivileged children
(v) Providing medical aid to members of the community when required;
(vi) With the objective of furthering National Integration, organizing a variety of cultural programmes from various parts of India.
With this year Durga Puja celebration we will take yet another step to promote the culture and ethos of Bengal and bring it to the people of Mumbai, while retaining its traditional “ghoroa” (homely) nature. Shri Jayanta Basu, President, advised that in keeping with the tradition of the Samiti, Ma Durga will be Banidi Barir Ma with traditional golden dhaker saaj. Durga Puja is celebrated from the sixth day of Navratri. There is a saying “Dhan, Dhanya, Sasya Purno Basundhra”. Our theme is based on the same. Ma Durga is in the middle of the field blessing all of us with sonar dhaan and the fields are covered with Kash flowers. The figures are made of Dhan and Dhaner toosh.Kash flowers bloom in Bengal during this time of the year and indicate the arrival of Sharad Ritu and the much awaited Durga Puja.
He advised that, as an organization, Bombay Durga Bari Samiti has always maintained its firm belief in promoting various performing arts and artists while endeavoring to achieveits philanthropic objectives. In view of this,the Samiti will be showcasing a devotional tribute to Shakti and Shiva in Classical Oddissi Dance, performed by the girls of Adruta Childrens’ Home, Bhubaneshwar, which has been doing pioneering work in the field of rehabilitation of deserted, unclaimed, parentless and destitute children since 1998 and Shri Basu indicated that these children are guaranteed to steal the hearts of the audience!
Prangan, which is an integral part of our Pujo, will be presenting ‘SheemarMajheAsheem’; ‘Unravelling the universe with its influence on humanity’ – a song and dance programme based on the songs and teachings of Rabindranath Tagore. Prangan is a non-profit Tagore Music School, which was founded on 14 April 1979 with the mission to promote the songs and works of GurudevRabindranath Tagore.
Smt. Susmita Mitra, Chairperson – Social & Cultural Committee, advised that the Samiti’s other programs include various shows put up by our very own talented members, including foot tapping Bengali numbers in a show titled “ShurerJharnaJhore Re”; “UtsaberDaak” – an audio visual with live songs depicting the relevance of Durga Puja for “Probashi Bengalis”, and a Bengali Play “KhelaBhangarKhela”, based on Friedrich Durrenmatt’s play “The Visit”. Not to be missed is also “PujorAloDaakDiyeche” where our members welcome the spirit of Pujo with dance.
In our repertoire of programs is also “Stringed Melodies”, a fusion ensemble by renowned Violinist and vocalist Ms. SunitaBhuyan and her team. Sunita has carved a niche for herself as an innovative musician in the field of Indian Classical music, and has performed in several prestigious platforms in India and abroad. We will also be showcasing the very popular SoumyaChakrabortty, who is the winner of Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2016, and popular playback singer Rupsa Mukherjee. They will be presenting “SmritiMadhoor”, and we are sure this will enthral and captivate our audience.
As usual, we will be distributing sumptuous traditional bhog on all days of the Durga Puja to one and all.