Hyderabad, October 19th, 2023: The Bengalee Cultural Association in Masab Tank, Hyderabad, is celebrating its Golden Jubilee by hosting the Sri Sri Durga Puja 2023 with unparalleled grandeur. To mark this momentous occasion, the pandal is adorned in traditional Bengali style by skilled craftsmen from Kolkata. Renowned artists hailing from Bengal are set to captivate the audience with vibrant cultural and literary events. The festivities are taking place at the Banjara Function Hall, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, until October 24, 2023.
Founded in 1984 by a handful of Bengali migrants, the association has evolved into a respected organization, organizing Durga Puja and various cultural, literary, and charitable initiatives while actively engaging with the local community.
The Association is leaving no stone unturned to create an unforgettable event for the community. In a first for any Bengali association in Telangana, the celebration features expert craftsmen and artists from Kolkata, ensuring a traditional and authentic Bengali experience, according to MK Mitra, President of the Bengalee Cultural Association.
The lineup for this year's celebration is nothing short of remarkable, featuring the "Anando Mela" on Panchami, October 19th, 2023. Official inauguration is scheduled for October 20, 2023, with Sri. Sabyasachi Ghosh, IAS, Principal Secretary, Government of Telangana as the guest of honor. The Pushpanjali, or floral tribute to Goddess Durga, will be conducted from October 20 to 24, 2023, between 9 am and 12 noon each day. Bhog offerings will follow from 12:30 to 1:00 pm, with lunch served as Bhog Prasadam from 1:00 to 3:00 pm daily. Evenings will be filled with cultural performances by renowned artists and singers from Kolkata and Mumbai.
On Dashami, the final day of the celebrations, devotees will participate in lively Dandiya dances and pay tribute to the Goddess with floral offerings. Women will engage in the Sindoor Khela, applying vermilion to the Goddess and to each other. In the evening, the idol of Sri Sri Durga Maa will be ceremonially immersed in Hussain Sagar Lake following a procession from Banjara Function Hall.
The Bengalee Cultural Association has a rich legacy encompassing Bengali cultural traditions, history, spirituality, and entertainment, making its festivities highly anticipated and memorable. Ranjit Paul, General Secretary of the Bengalee Cultural Association, notes that these celebrations are among the best and most eagerly awaited outside of Bengal.
In honor of the Golden Jubilee, the association is enhancing the celebrations with traditional decorations by artists brought from Bengal using Pattachitra. Pattachitra is a traditional scroll painting art originating in West Bengal and Odisha, known for its intricate details and mythological or folklore narratives. Patuas, the artists behind Patachitra, sing Patua sangeet while displaying their artwork, providing insights into the stories and meanings depicted.