State government to give away Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman

The state government will give away ‘Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman’ to the best Durga Puja organisers across the globe. Along with the best pujas of Kolkata and Bengal, the overseas Puja organisers will also get the Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman-2016.

The categories – idol, pandal, theme, lighting, eco-friendly Puja, year’s invention, Puja atmosphere, artists, Dhakishree, Biswa Bangla Branding and the best of the best – will be the categories from which the best competitors will be chosen for the awards.

The prizes will be distributed in next November. The website will give detailed information to the participants.

The application forms can be downloaded from the website, but anybody can collect it from the third floor of Kolkata Information centre at Nandan. The distribution of the forms will start today. The distribution of forms will conclude on September 28.


বিশ্ব বাংলা শারদ সম্মান প্রদান করবে রাজ্য সরকার

প্রতি বছরের ন্যায় এবারেও রাজ্য সরকার প্রদান করবে বিশ্ব বাংলা শারদ সম্মান। কলকাতা ছাড়াও দেশের ও বিদেশের নানা পুজোর সেরাগুলিকে সম্মাননা প্রদান করা হবে এবছর।

এবছরের পুরস্কারের নানা বিভাগ আছে, যেমন – প্রতিমা, মূল ভাবনা, আলোকসজ্জা, পরিবেশবান্ধব পুজো, বছরের সেরা আবিষ্কার, ঢাকিশ্রী, বিশ্ব বাংলা ব্র্যান্ডিং, সেরার সেরা।

বিশ্ব বাংলা শারদ সম্মান প্রদান করা হবে নভেম্বরে। ওয়েবসাইটে পাওয়া যাবে সমস্ত তথ্য।

আবেদন পত্র পাওয়া যাবে ওয়েবসাইট থেকে কিংবা নন্দনে কলকাতা তথ্যকেন্দ্র থেকে। আজ থেকে আবেদন পত্র দেওয়া শুরু হবে, চলবে ২৮শে সেপ্টেম্বর পর্যন্ত।

Republic Day like Puja procession from next year, proposes CM

How about watching Durga Puja processions from Red Road, on the same lines of the Republic Day parade? This is exactly what Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has in mind.

She shared the idea with the audience at Nazrul Mancha on Thursday . The occasion: the Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman awards ceremony .

“Next year onwards, we shall have all winners of the Sharad Samman have their idol immersion on the same day. They will line up in processions along Red Road, and we could have everyone watching from the stands like they watch the Republic Day programme,” the Chief Minister said while giving out the awards at Nazrul Mancha.

The idea struck the Chief Minister while watching the Jagadhhatri puja immersions at Chandernagore.

Mamata Banerjee said plans had already been discussed and would be executed next year. Since last year, after creating Bengal’s very own brand ‘Biswa Bangla’, the state government christened the awards as Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman, expanding the ambit of the accolades to foreign shores.

This year, the Houston Durgastav Society , USA, Bong Connection, Dubai, and the Mahamaya Durgapuja Ujjapan Parishad, Bangladesh, won from this category .

The Chief Minister said a data bank of the winners will be created and the puja organisers from other states and countries will be invited to participate in key events in the state, like the film festival and the book fair.

Mamata Banerjee also made the government’s intentions of hardselling Bengal’s handloom and handicrafts across the world. “Just wait and see where we take Biswa Bangla to. It will be one of the best brands on the world forum,” she said.

Biswa Bangla Sharod Samman given away

West Bengal government, led by Mamata Banerjee, had instituted the ‘Biswa Bangla Sharod Samman’ in 2014 to honour the best durga puja committees in not just Kolkata and Bengal but across the globe.

This year was the second season of the awards. Response from across various countries was huge.

The prizes for the best puja committees were given away today at a glorious ceremony held at Nazrul Mancha.

Here is the list of winners:


Awards will be given in the categories like Sera Mandop, Sera Protima, Sera Aloksojja and Sera Bhabna. Innovative awards include Sera Abiskar, Sera Silpi, Sera Theme Song/Aboho, Sera Paribesh Bandhab.

Awards are also being given the categories Sera Branding and Sera Dhakesri.

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Biswa Bangla Sharod Samman holds in its purview not only the pujas of Kolkata and Bengal but also of other Indian cities and foreign countries where Bengalis celebrate the autumn fest with equal mirth and enthusiasm.

Highlights of WB CM’s speech:

  • Bengal turns into a museum of art during Durga Puja. The creativity of Bengal is on display at that time
  • My vision of Biswa Bangla wants to establish Bengal as a global name. We want Bengal to be the best
  • We are very happy to see various committees – big and small – from different parts of the country present today
  • I want to thank the Police for their tireless efforts during Puja
  • From next year we are planning to organise an immersion procession involving all puja committees during Durga Puja
  • A lot of commercial activities are associated with Durga Puja. Several people get employment
  • We will establish Durga Puja as a global tourist attraction in the future. Durga Puja brings with it a breath of fresh air in our lives
  • The wait for next year’s Durga Puja starts from the moment the idol is immersed
  • There can be no discrimination between Maa, Mother and Ammi
  • I invite all of you to come to Bengal against next year for Durga Puja. Let us transform into Biswa Bangla