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Bengali Association of Greater Atlanta celebrates 40 years of Durga Puja

November 2019
Bengali Association of Greater Atlanta celebrates 40 years of Durga Puja

 

 

(Left) The uplifting sounds of dhaak set the mood for the festive occasion.

Durga Puja was celebrated with joy and fanfare by the Bengali Association of Greater Atlanta (BAGA) at Mountain View High School from October 4 to 6, 2019—three days of fun, food, and colorful merchandise from the vendors, along with the sound of dhaak, which brings back Durga puja memories to all Bengalis around the world.

It was BAGA’s 40th anniversary! In 1979 BAGA’s first Durga Puja was celebrated at the home of one of its founding members. Since then the organization has grown to embrace many more members and the tradition of celebrating Durga Puja has been fervently carried out every year.

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Durga Puja decoration this year was very traditionally done with shola work. These exquisite pieces of delicate shola were transported all the way from the artisans of Chandannagar in West Bengal.

The cultural program staged by the members was beautifully performed, with sets, lighting, and clothing professionally carried out. The children’s program “Pakhi & Rajputra” won the hearts of all, and was followed by agomoni gaan, songs and dances welcoming the Mother. Tagore’s dance drama Mayar Khela: Mirror of Illusion was presented and then a play Bhushundir Mathe: Winds of Change.

Three artists from Kolkata and Mumbai performed. The famous Bengali singer Anjan Dutta and his band entertained everyone with their songs and electrifying guitar notes on Friday evening. The National Award winning Bengali movie actress Rituparna Sengupta captivated the audience with her dance and movie clippings on Saturday. On the last day Sanchari Bose, one of the winners from the famous SaReGaMa shows in India, enthralled with her Bengali and Hindi songs.

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(Left) Pujo days came to an end with Thakur boron and to the uplifting sounds of dhaak.

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