Durga Puja Balancing Safety, Welfare and Tradition

By Tania Chakraborty

Amidst all uncertainities, people in Bengal are coming together to celebrate the biggest festival of the state, making it become more meaningful and inspiring some Puja committees has decided to help those, who are in need. Dhakuria Sarbojonin Durgatsav Committee has come out with the unique model, maintaining safety, welfare and decades of tradition.

This year is also the 91st year of Dhakuria Sarbojonin Durgatsav committe, as they continue to make the Puja more meaningful by way of practical solutions. Speaking to News Sense, organiser, Rajan Bhaumik said “In our 9 decades of organising Durga Puja, we have always stood by the common people. This year as the whole world is affected by Coronavirus, we have planned our Puja, keeping in mind both tradition and the welfare of the people.”

The Puja Committee has cut down their Puja budget from 22 lakhs to 5.5 lakhs. Most of the amount is being utilised to distribute food materials and essentials including soaps and sanitisers, daily commodities to the people who are starving and struggling to cope up with both Corona and post Cyclone Amphan. 

Since the beginning of the Pandemic in March this year, the committee has involved itself in various welfare programmes. They also launched a plantation drive, where thousands of trees were planted in the area to make the area greener, after thousands of trees has fallen due to Cyclone Amphan, that hit Bengal in the month of May this year. On 15th August 2020, they started an awareness programme by distributing hand sanitisers and masks to nearly 500 people in Dhakuria area of South Kolkata, including auto drivers and rickshaw pullers.

Speaking to News Sense, Mr Bhaumik also said “91 and 92 are the two wards which comprises the entire area of Dhakuria Sarbojonin Durgatsav. The theme of this year Durga Puja is “unmukto” meaning freedom, as the year 2020 wants freedom from the Pandemic caused by Coronavirus“.

After the High Court ruling, the committee is enhancing precautionary measures including proper Sanitisation and mandatory mask. The virtual tour of the Pandal is already uploaded on the YouTube channel of the committee and the cultural performances will be uploaded time to time on their YouTube Channel and Facebook Page. 

In such an uncertain time, Dhakuria Sarbojonin Durgatsav Committee is an inspiration as they are celebrating this year’s Durga Puja balancing safety, welfare and tradition.