Gava Sammilani - Interview with Tapan Ghosh Dastidar of the historic Pujo | Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Online

Click on Play to listen to Tapan Ghosh Dastidar of the organizing committee of the almost 400-years old Gava Sammilani sarbojonin durga pujo

By Subhomoy Mukherjee

CALCUTTA, Oct 12, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Gava Sammilani is a old Sarbojanin of Bhawanipur area. Gava is a village of Barishal district of Bangladesh. The first puja has been started in Gava village around 1620 or 1625. Tapan Ghosh Dastidar - one of the chief organizers of the Puja - talks exclusively to WBRi reporter Subhomoy Mukherjee in the audio interview available above.

After then, many families of Gava have started puja at their homes. They were very rich. All the families of Gava are “Ghosh Dastidar” by surname. After independence of India and Pakistan, most of the families have come India, specially Kolkata.

Though Gava village has observed her last puja around 1957, most of the families, who have come Kolkata, have started their first puja in Kolkata in 1950. All the families who actually belong to Gava, participate at the puja every year. They are still maintaining the rituals and traditions as they maintained in Gava.

The idol is unique as Laxmi and Saraswati are treated as Jaya and Bijoya here. Not only that, Kartik and Ganesh have exchanged their positions here from usual positions what we observe. All the Ghosh Dastidars take the food together at puja premises from Saptami to Navami till date but all the food items are strictly vegetarian.

The main cultural curriculum of the puja committee is to publish a magazine with articles from eminent authors as well as own members. Socially the puja committee contributes a lot as they give scholarship to brilliant students, take care of education of economically weaker students as well as arrange marriage and bear related expenses for economically challenged girls hailing from Gava village. They are hopeful of regarding worship the Goddess more meaningfully in future.