Article Published in The Times of India
Chants of “Jago Devi Jago” reverberated at the Gokhalenagar centre of Bangiya Sanskriti Samsad on Sunday morning as members of the Bengali community in the city got together to celebrate ‘Devi Baran – an invocation of Goddess Durga ahead of the upcoming festival.
The early morning event was organized by the Samsad as a part of the 77th Greater Pune Sarbojanin Durgotsav 2016. Attendance at the function was around 150.
Even the elderly joined the event to chant shlokas and sing hymns to invoke the Goddess.
The programme began with the customary blowing of conch and a simple puja. The participants, including many youths, sang nearly 22 songs in a two-hour programme, which concluded with a quiz on the Ramayana.
Members of the Bangiya Sanskriti Samsad donated 70 saris among destitute women associated with NGO Maher.
Describing the response to the programme, Madhumita Ghosh of the Bangiya Sanskriti Samsad said, “This event became an excuse for all of us to get together ahead of the Durga Puja celebrations. Nowadays, we have several pandals all over the city and this programme brought together some of their organizers. Youths got an opportunity to showcase their talent at the event.”
The scale of Durga Puja celebrations will be good this year, Ghosh said.
“The Bengali population has grown manifold in the past couple of years. Anyway, A lot of non-Bengali communities also join us for the festivities every year, and this time too it will be no different,” she said.