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DURGA PUJA: A sculptor working on a Durga idol for the Navarathri celebrations at the Bengali Association in Bangalore.
DURGA PUJA: A sculptor working on a Durga idol for the Navarathri celebrations at the Bengali Association in Bangalore.

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The festival season is a time of frenzied activity for all, and the Bengali associations in the city are particularly busy with the magnitude of their Durga Puja celebrations, with many attending the pujas every day. This year 33 major puja pandals have come up in the city with music, food and elation.

One of the biggest celebrations this year is by the largest registered association of Bengalis here, The Bengalee Association, Bangalore.

The year is doubly special for it as it marks the 50th year of the association in the city. But more importantly, this is the 60th year of Durga Puja celebrations in Bangalore, according to General Secretary Swapan Chakravarti.

The pandal in the Rai Bahadur Arcot Narasimhasamy Mudaliar School (RBANMS) grounds in Ulsoor is drawing the crowds and will go on till the day of the idol immersion on September 28.

“We are bringing renowned singer Nachiketa from Kolkata to perform on September 23,” says Mr. Chakravarti, explaining they bring one celebrity musician every year to add to the festive fervour.

Food and culture

Every year the Bengalee Association prides itself on serving food to 3,000 people a day during the celebrations. “Anyone who visits the pandal is served food,” says Mr. Chakravarti.

The association has pujas in the mornings and a host of cultural programmes through the evening.

“We will also have visually impaired students performing on one of the evenings,” he adds.

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