WB CM today gave away the Sharad Samman (Durga Puja Awards) for this year at Nazrul Mancha today. The award ceremony had been jointly organized by the Department of Information and Culture, West Bengal Government, Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the Kolkata Police.
Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman
West Bengal Government widened the reach of its Durga Puja awards this year by introducing Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman. The government is going to reach give 10 awards to the puja committees abroad.
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 new set of awards would include a memento and a cash prize.
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 in the foreign section.
The pan-India entries include those from Navi 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.