Bombay Durga Bari Samiti celebrated Durga Puja at Tejpal Hall in South Mumbai.
The Bombay Durga Bari Samiti is not only the oldest Puja in Mumbai , 85 years into its existence , but also one that has taken pains to preserve the authenticity and aesthetic sensibility as mandated by rich tradition, worthy of preservation.
The organisers and members are vigilant in ensuring that no commercialisation should intrude into or erode the continuity of tradition . Here originality is preserved and the Puja has a unique warmth and intimacy.
A deep and steady involvement of the members and excellent leadership across board is what makes this Puja immutable and institutionalised. Truly, like an extended family, all members, committee members and office bearers strive to make each Puja special, from manning operational positions to staging of self-directed entertainment programmes , the membership and leadership are untiring in their efforts.
Commensurate with the rich cultural traditions of Bengal , this year there was a musical presentation of Rabindranath Tagore’s songs and dances by Prangan, an organisation devoted to propagation of Rabindranath Tagore’s cultural inheritance, belonging to one and all. This was followed by a nostalgic tribute to the late Suchitra Sen, the leading lady of Bengali Cinema for decades, aptly in the form of an audio visual presentation, accompanied by live music. There was a musical night with Playback singer Kunal Ganjawala and also a drama presentation by members. A rich sampling of snacks and food from Bengal was on sale at the counter in the annexe of the Puja pavilion.