Barely anyone in Delhi NCR remains untouched by the glory of Durga puja. With the vibrant presence of the Bengali community in the capital, we witness colorful celebrations each year. With the cloud of Covid away from us, there are hopes of an even bigger fest this year.
The Bengali community of Greater Noida West popularly known as Matri Peeth Greater Noida West Kalibari, are going to celebrate the grand Durga Puja in J. S. Garden, Greater Noida west from September 29, 2022, to October 5, 2022.
There will be lots of cultural programs, stalls, fancy dress competitions, food, joy rides, quiz shows, fun games and much more. Subroto Upadhaya, President, Matri Peeth, Greater Noida West Kali Bari says, “There will be a grand entry in the JS Garden, Greater Noida west. The first thing that visitors would see will be the Big picture of Goddess Durga, decorated with diyas and flowers."
He continues, “From today, September 9, 2022, we are checking up on the venue so that we can start the floral decorations and installation of the decorative lights as next week we are having one pooja here. We have to get this garden completely ready for the grand Durga puja starting on September 26, 2022. Opposite the stage, there will be a food court. There will be a large stage for the cultural performances."
He adds further, "A talent hunt for all residents of NCR will be conducted, artists from Kolkata, Mumbai, and Delhi will be coming, and musical bands from various schools will come. The sitting arrangement will be done by keeping the elderly in mind. We will illuminate this garden very nicely".
In addition, there will be competitions for 7 days such as fancy dress, spot the beauty etc.
Subroto says, " Our events will start 2 days prior to Navratra. We will start the festivities by Mahalaya which is called Pitra Paksh, where we will pay homage to our ancestors. We are doing it for the construction of the Biggest Kali mandir in Greater Noida West."
Shruti Dasgupta, General Secretary Matri Peeth, Greater Noida West Kali Bari says, “There will be Bhangra, Garba, and Western Dance performances. It is not like this, that only a Bengali community will be celebrating it. ”.
Mithun Chatterjee, Treasurer, Matri Peeth, Greater Noida West Kali Bari says, “We are promoting our in-house talent. Many troupes are coming from Kolkata who will perform belle painting."
We asked about what is belle painting, on this Shruti Dasgupta says, “Belle painting is the group which is performed by painting on the screen, they take a theme and it will be a classical dance performance of 7-8 people who will dance and paint simultaneously. This is happening for the very first time here in Greater Noida West.”
Prarthana Paul Chatterjee, Joint Treasurer says, “This is the 2nd edition of this festival. We are going to celebrate it more grandly this time. We are planning this event, to celebrate to ease out depression, negativity, the monotony we face etc.”
She continues, “We wait the whole year for Durga ma to come to our house. Durga Maa is like our daughter to us. As a mother keeps waiting for her daughter for a whole year to come and stay with her and enjoy the same way, we keep waiting for Goddess Durga the whole year.”
Prathna adds, “There will be great food served here. We are keeping vendors with special dishes with good variety."