After a two-year lull, Durga Puja committees in Noida are back in action, planning new cultural themes and events for some of the city’s oldest pandals. The celebrations will begin on October 1 and end on October 5, Dashami Day.
The Noida Kalibari Durga Puja in Sector 26 celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
“For the past two years, Puja has been held in a low-key fashion, due to the pandemic but, with 2022 being our 40th year of celebrations, we have planned a pandal which will be a replica of the Belur Math Temple, located on the banks of the River Hooghly in West Bengal. The idea behind the theme is to send a message of preserving India’s heritage,” said Anupam Banerjee of Noida Kalibari, Sector 26.
Since large-scale celebrations take place after an interval of two years, the organizers have planned various events on the sidelines of the Durga Puja. “We will hold a food festival, ‘Anandomela’, on September 30 and also hold competitions for children and cultural events,” Banerjee said.
In Sector 25, Jal Vayuvihar Sanskriti Kalyan Samiti is celebrating Durga Puja for the 30th year. “Encouraged by the philanthropic work of the Ramakrishna Mission, the committee will try to exhibit one of the 141 Ramakrishna Mission Centers through its Durga Puja pandal this year,” said Jaya De, a member of the organizing committee.
In addition to this, the Durga Puja pandal as well as the main idols will be made from eco-friendly materials such as bamboo, fabric and biodegradable colors, she said.
In Sector 61, the Balaka Puja Committee celebrates its 14th year of celebrations this year by paying tribute to Indian musicians who have died in the past two years. “A gigantic structure called ‘temple of music’ will be installed at the Durga Puja pandal to pay homage to the cultural and music industry luminaries we have lost to the pandemic over the past two years,” Kalyan said. Raychaudhuri, secretary. , Balaka Puja committee.
In Sector 100, Lotus Boulevard Sanskritik Samiti (LBSS) will celebrate its sixth Durga Puja this year with five event-filled days for the 3,000 families of the high-rise society.
“After two years of low-key celebrations, community members wanted to have a full-fledged Puja this year. As Goddess worship is at the center of our celebration, we have carefully organized a series of events between October 1 and October 5 to showcase the culture of West Bengal,” said Kaustav Ghosh, Secretary of LBSS .
Recitals, plays, dramatic dances, live bands, quiz contests, painting, fashion shows, dhunuchi dances (holding clay bowls filled with coconut shells and burning charcoal of wood) are among the events planned around the puja, he said.