Click on Play to listen to Ms Biswas of Suruchi Sangha online via WBRi on-demand radio service
By Subhomoy Mukherjee
CALCUTTA, Oct 13, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Suruchi Sangha is a puja older than 50 years but it has come into limelight as a winner of prestigious Asian paints Sarod Samman at the very first of this millennium.
Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Calcutta reporter, talks exclusively to Ms Biswas, General Secretary of Suruchi Sangha, in the audio interview above.
Now Suruchi is one among the most prestigious pujas of Kolkata for their theme, social works, atmosphere and as a spectators drawer. This year Suruchi is also a strong contenders for several prestigious awards including IIDR Sarood Samman as they they have already selected among IIDR TOP 20 pujas.
Suruchi is well known for their theme over years. This year they have built the rain water conservation planning of Karnataka villages. The entire ground was surrounded with motifs of Nilgiri mountains and natural sculptures there. The idol is also made in Karnataka style and coloured in lead free paints. The main pandal is in the form of a typical Mysore village house with paintings we usually see on walls of Karanataka village houses. They have also made the ground to worship Snake God and temples in the form of Humpi sculptures. The main gate reflects Mahishasura Idol of Mysore.
They have brought folk artists from Karnataka to dance all along the days. They arrange for fire protection, energy saving, first aid and ambulance also. The main attraction of the puja is the mid ground where they build rain water conservation system for agricultural and power generation works in Karnataka. They supports Thalesemia patients also and taking care of old people, orphans, poor students and under privileged people. This year the puja has been inaugurated by an school student, Avishruti, who is suffering from Thalesemia.