An introduction to the IIDR Sarood Samman 2010 Awards presented to Calcutta Durga Puja committees based on various criteria

CALCUTTA, Oct 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) IIDR Sarood Samman 2010 is the 2nd year IIDR is organizing this non-commercial event.

Durga Puja is the Biggest Festival of Bengal. Millions of people are part of this Festival, which is now not only a religious festival but a platform where community comes close to each other.

IIDR organizes a competition among participant puja committees. The idea behind this competition is to acknowledge, recognize, motivate the puja committees which follow minimum criteria fixed by organizers and to create  awareness about social issues among Puja committees , pandal hoppers and media at large.

Previous year IIDR tried to create awareness about usefulness of blood donation and all publicity materials carried the message. The event was supported by Red Cross Society, 24 Pgs(S) Chapter. Many Community based organization organized blood donation camps as a direct result of this event.

This year IIDR is trying to create awareness among Puja Committees regarding Safety and Security aspects of Pandal hoppers(proper fire fighting arrangements, 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.
IIDR allows small business organizations to advertise their brands in Publicity materials of Sarood Samman, as a part to promote small business houses.

This year from about 70 application till date about 50 (Fifty) puja committees are selected, covering Kolkata, 24pgs(s), Burdhawan.

Unfortunately the IIDR had to cancel many forms due to incomplete information from the applicants and technical reason, for example Signature missing, route direction not given, wrong phone numbers etc. Washington Bangla Radio, the radio partner of the event, will publish the final shortlist of about 20 Puja Committees in the competition asap as soon.