October 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The final list of Calcutta
Durga Puja committees participating in the IIDR Sarod Samman Awards
contest has been announced.
You can follow Washington Bangla
Radio's exclusive coverage of the best of Kolkata Durga Pujas
participating in the contest in our dedicated 2010 IIDR Puja section here.
Around 19 Pujas are selected for the competition this year from
about 70 applications. Around 50 applications were initially selected,
but unfortunately, a lot of them did not make it to the final list of
contestants because of incomplete information in the forms, e.g. signature missing, route direction not given, wrong
phone number etc.
The IIDR Sarrod Samman awards is a competition
for the top 4 best Durga Pujas in the Kolkata - 24 Parganas - Burdwan
area in West Bengal. The winners are selected by a qualified panel of judges. You can find information about this year's judges in our post here.
This year IIDR is trying to create awareness among Puja Committees
regarding Safety and Security aspects of Pandal hoppers (proper fire
fighting arrangement, First Aid Arrangements, Drinking water
facilities, special arrangements for physically challenged, proper
passage etc.), more investment of time and resources for social service
and environment protection.
While visiting the contestant pujas judges will ask and interact with organizers about these issues.
Winning Puja committees will be selected based on these issues. There will be mass media coverage.
allows small business organizations to advertise their brands in
Publicity materials of Sarood Samman, as a part to promote small
business houses. Washington Bangla Radio is the online and radio partner of the IIDR Awards.
The contesting Durga Pujas this year are: