Since 2008, Banani Puja Mandap has been one of the biggest arrangements in the country for Durga Puja, organised under the Gulshan-Banani Sharbajanin Puja Foundation. This year, owing to the ongoing pandemic, the Mahalaya celebrations will take place on a limited scale at the foundation's office beside the Banani field. "We will celebrate while maintaining social distance, for safety concerns," said Dilip Dasgupta. President of the organisation. "The programme will be aired live from our official Facebook page and YouTube channel. Channel i will broadcast it as well."
At the Mahalaya celebrations this year, the Gulshan-Banani Sharbajanin Puja Foundation plans to pay a tribute to the historical performance of Mahishashur-Mardini by Birendra Krishna Bhadra, which was first performed on Kolkata Radio in 1931.
The programme is designed with Sanskrit shloka recitation (Chandipath) and religious songs, which come from one of the oldest running radio shows in the sub-continent, Mahishashura-Mardini (1931). The show is still aired by All India Radio in Kolkata, at the dawn of Mahalaya every year.
Tomorrow (September 17) at 5:30 am, popular musical artistes Champa Banik, Pramod Datta and Chhaya Karmaker will perform at the event. Audiences can enjoy the programme on Channel i, and other digital platforms.
"The purpose of this event is to pray to Goddess Durga for the welfare of the country and its people," adds Gitanka D Datta, Organising Secretary of the Gulshan-Banani Sharbajanin Puja Foundation.