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Durga Puja: IIDR Sharad Samman Awards for Kolkata Durga Puja - An Overview of the Event & It's Participating Pujas

By Subhomoy Mukherjee

Editor's note: Subhomoy met the organizers of the 2011 IIDR Sharad Samman Kolkata Durga Puja awards and reports in his unique Bengali-style English which we left unedited in this post.

Pratima of Chetla Agrani Sangha (2010) Durga Puja
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Pratima of Golden Arrow Club (2010) Durga Puja
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Swami Ranadananda Giri Maharaj
Swami Ranadananda Giri Maharaj

Calcutta, Sep 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Institute of Integrated Development & Research (IIDR) is organizing “IIDR Sarood Samman -2011”, in association with South-Kolkata District Nehru Yuba Kendra Sangathan, Ministry of Youth Affairs And Sports, and Government of India. Washington Bangla Radio is the Media Partner for this prestigious Sarood Samman to encourage and recognize creative efforts of Sarbojanin pujas.

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2011 Banchbo Sharad Samman Kolkata Durga Puja Awards - List of Competing Pujas

Picture taken in 2005 at Maddox Square, Kolkata.

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Calcutta, Sep 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Banchbo is a Non Profit Non Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to the health care, education and uplift of the underprivileged and the weak. Based at Kolkata (Calcutta), they have activities spread across West Bengal, especially Sunderbans. Their endeavors are mainly targeted towards children and senior citizens of the society. As children are the future, they have undertaken to provide quality health & education. This initiative targets one of the most deprived sections of the society.

Banchbo are very much pleased to inform all that in 2011 Durga Puja Banchbo are organizing a mega event on 10th year of SHARAD SAMMAN - Unique Puja Rating by Street & Underpriviledged Children since 2002, which added new dimension in Saradotsav of Kolkata & 4th year of SHARAD SAMMAN - Unique Puja Rating by Senior Citizens since 2008.

Banchbo organizes two very unique Durga Puja Sharad Samman awards in Kolkata.

The first event started in the year 2002, when Banchbo added a new dimension in Sharadotsav of Kolkata by rating Durga Puja by Street Children and Underpriviledged Children of Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal. Since then this unique Durga Puja rating & Ride is being organised succesfully with active support from all sectors of the society including corporations and specially with warm participation of several puja committees including many well known pujas of Kolkata.

The second event, equally interesting, commenced during Durga Puja 2008 when Banchbo's Durga Puja ride also started including Senior Citizens comprising of all sectors of societies including representation from Old Age Homes and the underpriviedged.

Details of the Banchbo Durga Puja Rating and Sharad Samman Awards

Whistling with QS Tours!

Mumbai, Sep 21, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Whistling Woods International (WWI) is Asia’s largest Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts institute, providing world-class education in all technical and creative aspects of filmmaking and television and has been rated amongst the top 10 film schools of the world by 'The Hollywood Reporter’. Their latest venture is in association with the famous QS World MBA tour.

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London, UK, Sep 21, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Indian singer Aneek Dhar will perform live Hindi and Bengali songs at KKN Probashi Parboni 2011.

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