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Durga Puja resounds across Atlanta

December 2010
Durga Puja resounds across Atlanta Every fall as leaves start turning and temperatures take a pleasant dip in the evenings, the Bengali community in Atlanta prepares for the biggest community festival on its calendar. Durga Puja is a time to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. It is a time for introspection along with a bounty of cultural activities. The Bengali community has grown in number in Atlanta, as evidenced by multiple Durga Puja celebrations, this year held October 15 through 17.

The Bengali Association of Greater Atlanta (BAGA) kicked off their celebration at Shamrock Middle School. BAGA invited two well-known artists from Kolkata: Rupankar on Sunday, and Haimanti Shukla on Saturday night. Pujari celebrated at Berkmar High School, and invited Somlata on Friday, Nirmalya Roy and his fusion group on Saturday, and Parnava on Sunday, all upcoming young Kolkata artists. Local members put on shows with songs, dances, recitations and plays, including themed compilations on social issues. BAGA Youth Committee emceed BAGA’s show in Bengali, and Pujari Youth Committee presented the new Pujari theme song. Pujari also had dhunuchi and alpana competitions, and for kids a treasure hunt and a clay workshop.

Khichdi, mishti doi and rossogollas followed special prasad items.

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