September 29, 2014
Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman – Celebrating Durga Puja worldwide
West Bengal Government widened the reach of its Durga Puja awards. It would give prizes to organisers in other countries and states. This year, the government is going to reach out to new areas. It will give 10 awards, to be known as Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman, to the organisers of pujas abroad. The awards for the city-based pujas have already been declared.
Ten more awards will be given to Puja organisers in Indian cities outside Bengal. The tradition of giving awards to Puja organisers in Kolkata and West Bengal districts under different categories will continue.
The government has been giving awards to Puja organisers in Kolkata and the districts since coming to power in 2011. The awards include cash prizes of amounts between Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 lakh. The new set of awards would include a memento and a cash prize.
Puja organisers from other states and abroad are sending video clips through web platforms. Fine-tuning of the method is being done and it will be uploaded on the department website.
The judges for the new awards have been appointed, The team of 48 judges that rank pujas in the city and the districts from September 28 onwards, include government officials, celebrities, artists and environment experts. 982 Puja Committees from Kolkata have submitted entries.
Foreign entries include those from New York, London, Chicago, Toronto, Singapore, Sydney and Bahrain. Four entries from London, three from Singapore and two from Dhaka have added the competition n the foreign section.
The pan-India entries include those from Nabi Mumbai Bengali Association, Srinibaspuri Puja Committee from New Delhi, Maruti Vihar Puja Committee from Kalapakkam, Rabindra Palli Puja Committee from Faizabad in Lucknow, Chhatrabondhu Club from Agartala and from other states,
The awards for pujas in Kolkata and the districts will be declared on Saptami. The prizes for the pujas abroad and in other states will be declared shortly.
Categories for Kolkata: 3 prizes will be given for each category
Shera Alok Shojja
Shera Poribesh Bandhab
Shera Biswa Bangla Branding
Categories for Rest of Bengal (for 19 districts): 3 prizes will be given for each category
Rest of India: Best 10 Pujas across India will be awarded
Rest of World: Best 10 Pujas across the world will be awarded
Results have be declared on: