Mamata Banerjee inaugurated Bhowanipur 75 Palli Durga Puja with its theme ‘MANOBIK’ to uplift the morale of the internationally acclaimed ‘Chhau Dancers’ from Purulia District of West Bengal

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Kolkata, 9th October, 2021: The members of Bhowanipur 75 Palli have taken up the challenge to discover the theme “MANOBIK” to uplift the morale of “Chhau Dancers” (folk dance of Purulia, West Bengal) which was inaugurated today by Smt. MAMATA BANERJEE, Chief Minister of West Bengal & was attended by: Sri Firhad Bobby Hakim, Minister of Transport and Housing, Govt of WB; Sri. Kartik Banerjee, Social Activist & many others. During the inauguration ceremony Chhau dance was performed with percussion instrument Dhamsa.

The name ‘Bhowanipur 75 Palli’ is at present regarded as an emerging star amongst the leading theme pujas of south Kolkata. Incessantly for the past few years our puja presents a new theme which has created a firm place in millions of heart across the globe, likewise keeping the continuation going in this year 2021 our puja came up with a new line of thought “MANOBIK”, which is to be showcased through the means of our puja theme. The Bhowanipur 75 Palli puja committee has decided to come to the aid of ”Chhau” artistes of Purulia district, who have been badly hit by the lockdown. ”Chhau”, a traditional dance form, has performers retelling episodes of Ramayana, Mahabharata and the puranas, donning colourful costumes and masks. They will depict a small village of Purulia and will bring the government enlisted ‘chhau’ dancers and their families to Kolkata.

Speaking to the media, Mr. Subir Das, Club Secretary said, “We are dedicating this puja to kids & family members of Chhau artists in Purulia, donating a major share of the subscription and the state’s dole to them, along with making the premises available for them to perform and sell their goods. We have donated clothes to kids of 250 Chhau Dancers in association with Max and Arihant Enterprises on the occasion of World Daughter’s Day at Charida Village in Purulia & have also given new clothes to the family members of ‘Chhau’ dancers by supporting 50-odd families. This initiative is taken by keeping with the financial losses everyone is facing due to pandemic. Many artistes and craftsmen are facing financial hardships as festivals and fairs have been called off across the country amid the pandemic. We are inspired by our Honble CM Smt Mamta Banerjee and will do our bit to help at least some of them.”

PREVIOUS THEMES: Bhowanipur 75 Palli is now celebrating its 57th year with theme “MANOBIK” and hoping for immense appreciation too as always. The Committee has always tried to create a niche amongst all contemporary pujas by bringing about uniqueness through the concept and in the thought process that goes into the festivity like pandal creation, idol, ambience, safety and communal harmony. After the success of “MAA”, “Neel Sadae Ek Tukro Bhawanipur” followed by “Maa-Er Anchol”, “O amar Desher Maati (Oh, the land of my country)” with ‘Juta Abishkar by Rabindranath Tagore’, ‘Aarshinagar’, ‘Aamar Swapno Bhowanipur-e…London’, ‘Khuje Paoa Smritir Khata, Ulte Paata Sonai Katha’ and last year we celebrated ‘Nagor Dolaye Sobar Pujo’ and other unconventional out of the box themes. Bhowanipur 75 Palli has been known for its state of the art presentation over the years and hopefully this year will be even grander.

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