The Judges of Calcutta Durga Puja IIDR Sarood Samman 2010 Awards

CALCUTTA, Oct 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) 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.

The esteemed judges of this year's Durga Puja Awards that will be given to the Puja Committees of the top four Durga Pujas in Calcutta and suburbs are:

Names of Judges


Bhaskar Ghosh Dastidar

Founder & Chairman, IIDR

A teacher per excellence and having in –depth experience about community development and social service. Attached with Red Cross Society, 24 pgs(S), as Life Member.

Madhuchhanda Deb

Councilor , KMC Ward No.92

Twice elected as councilor KMC Ward No.92, has vast experience about community development. She worked as a social worker in number of NGOs before elected as councilor. Won awards for service to the residents of KMC Ward No.92

Rinku Naskar

Councilor , KMC Ward No.102

One of the youngest Councilor elected. Has long experience of working with Community based organization and leads number of social service institutions.

Malabi Chowdhury

Manipuri Classical Dancer

Young and bright Manipuri Classical Dancer and dance teacher. Performed number of dance programs at various places with in India and aboard. She is teaching children dance and performing arts at Children Little Theatre. She keeps close contacts with number of NGOs and provides voluntary service with in her busy schedule.

Madhu Sharma

President Rajasthani Mahila Samity

Leads one of the well known NGO of West Bengal. Dedicated voluntary service provided by her is a model for others. Very popular among social circle of Bengal.

Souvik Kundu

Financial Consultant

Apart from his professional commitments Mr. Souvik Kundu patronizes number of NGOs. He offers voluntary service to the NGOs in the field of data Management, Financial Management, IT and PR.

Santwana Chowdhury

Performing Artist & Anchor

Veteran singer and radio anchor. Worked in India and abroad. Presently actively involved with community Radio.

Dr. Shymal Baran Mukherjee

Secretary, Red Cross Society , 24 Pgs(S)

Veteran Social worker and presently leading Red Cross Society 24 Pgs(S). A creative and spiritual person who teaches REIKI and MEDITATION. Involved with number of NGOs as Advisor, Patron or Executive committee member. He represents Red Cross Society in different Government and Quasi Government committees.

Saikat Halder


Experience Journalist. Attached with number Bengali Magazine, Periodical and Employment Oriented News Papers.

Pinaki Mitra

Consultant Food Technologist

A successful entrepreneur who started business from scratch. Presently running “Salt & Pepper”. He started business with an objective to create employment and to contribute to the society share of his profit. Mr. Mitra supports many NGOs financially. He is starting a Chamber of Commerce for Medium & Small scale business and trade organizations.

Anima Das

Social Worker

Worked with abandoned and deprived children from beginning of her career and visited number of countries regarding her work. Presently leads her own organization “Vasundhara”. Vasundhara is providing Vocational Education to underprivileged women and children.

Subrata Bardhan

Advocate & Social Worker

A senior advocate and social worker. He patronizes number of NGos and social organizations. He is providing free, voluntary legal aid service to the less resourceful section of society. He is legal Advisor of IIDR.

Prasanta Chatterjee


A dramatist who performs regularly in group theatre. He is the Convener of Social Workers And Development Agencies Network (a network of 40 NGOs & Social Workers).