Pune, 28th September 2022 – Nandanik Sanstha feels blessed and is geared up to celebrate Durgotsav at Rohi Villa from 1st – 5th October. The Sanstha is looking forward to welcoming back devotees of Maa Durga and celebrating the 19th year of Nandanik Sanstha’s Durgaotsav with grandeur and responsibilities.
Due to the pandemic for the past two years, the Sanstha kept the Durgotsav celebrations extremely low-key to abide by the laws of the local administration. But this year Nandanik Sanstha is all set to host Mas Durga for five days with opulence and divinity.
Celebrations will start with Shashti Puja on the 1st of October right until Sindoor Khela and Visarjan on Dussehra, October 5th. Pushpanjali and Sandhya Aarti will be conducted every day from 10.30 am onwards and 6.30 pm onwards respectively.
Mr. Gautam Banerjee, President, Nandanik Sanstha said, “We do understand that for the last two years devotees of Maa Durga have been deprived of a large-scale celebration and they must be yearning for the same. With her blessings and all our prayers, we feel delighted to be able to serve the community by hosting the Durgostav at Rohi Villa this year like old times. But, like we always say, Nandanik Sanstha has been a strong believer in celebrating with responsibility. Covid-related protocols for public gatherings will strictly be followed and imposed as well.”
He also added, “We have been extremely sincere in our endeavor in protecting the environment in our small ways. Therefore, we do not encourage the use of plastics within the premises of the pandal. We use eco-friendly materials for the Idol and decoration; this has been our policy for many years now. Garbage disposal and management at the source itself is also an area for which we take full responsibility. It gives us great pleasure to host Maa Durga with all our love and devotion and we seek the support of her devotees for the same.”
Durga Puja venues are incomplete without stalls. They create an ambiance and fill the air with positive energy and vibrations. The combination of divine vibes along with the dynamism at the stalls creates the perfect Durga Puja experience. Nandanik Sanstha tries to provide the visitors of the Durga Puja with as many options as possible for food and shopping. Rohi Villa this year after two years is going to be buzzing with many food and non-food stalls during Durga Puja. Visitors will have many food options to choose from, there is Pratap Caterers for authentic Bengali cuisine, Rajshree Sweets for Bengali and Rajasthani sweets and desserts, Rolls Mania to fulfill the famous rolls culture of West Bengal, and Mother Dairy ice-creams to provide relief from the October heat and Beetroot Bistro for Chinese and Pasta options.
Visitors can complete their Diwali shopping to-do list with exclusive Bengali sarees by Yellow Pollen, Costume Jewellery, Hair Exquisite, and B U Bhandari. Stalls selling Handicraft items can be the perfect place to buy gifts for families and friends.
Durga Puja’s are also opportunities for start-ups to reach their audiences and since Nandanik Sanstha is a group of ex-corporate big wigs and successful entrepreneurs, they like to provide a platform to budding start-ups. This year they have Jalongi.com – fresh fish and seafood online shopping application that has partnered with the event.
“After the stalls, it is the evening programs that we associate with a Durga Puja pandal. Dramas performed by seniors and juniors, beautiful songs, tributes, and recitations are a major part of the Puja evenings. This is an opportunity for many to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the Bengali performing arts. Keeping this in mind Nandanik Sanstha has carefully curated programs beginning from October 1st i.e Shashti till October 4th, i. e Navami evening. It is going to be a mix of our in-house talent and some artists who will be traveling from Kolkata to perform for Pune’s art-loving community.
On October 2nd i.e Saptami we have invited Raghab Chatterjee, who is a musician, singer, and composer. He has a huge fan following amongst the Bengali community. October 3rd, i.e. Ashtami, Nandanik Sanstha has invited fusion band Ujan, the Band specializes in the folk fusion genre. This is a genre that has gained immense popularity amongst younger music-loving audiences. This will be followed by the children’s drama and recitation, paying homage to the genius Sukumar Ray, father of Satyajit Ray.”
The evening will conclude with a dance performance by the youth of Nandanik. On the 4th of October, two programs are going to be performed by the senior members of Nandanik Sanstha. There are 2 short dramas and a choir performance called ‘Tara der tarpan’, paying homage to recently departed singers e,g, Lata Mangeshkar, Sandhya Mukherjee, Nirmala Misra, KK, and Bhupinder Singh.