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Durga Puja 2022

Durga Puja guide for Salt Lake pandal hoppers

Where to go, what to see, what to eat — a comprehensive roster of the festive days in every block of Salt Lake

Our Bureau | Published 30.09.22, 07:59 AM
AJ Block puja pandal

AJ Block puja pandal

Brinda Sarkar

We start with the four pujas in Salt Lake that drew the biggest footfall in 2021 according to police estimates —

Block: FD

FD Block pandal

FD Block pandal

Sudeshna Banerjee

Year:  38th

Budget: Rs 50 lakh

The look: A tribal village has been created in an unspecified location. Tufts of elephant grass planted in FD Park through which the huts creep, give the impression of a jungle. In front of the huts tribal figures are shown to be taking care of newborns, rearing livestock, hunting and slaughtering .

The idol is gorgeous in golden decor.

Fun fiesta: Panchami- solo song, musical extravaganza by Mita Das and group, staging of Charandas Chor and a dance show by Jayanta Mukherjee. Sashthi- recitation by Somali Chowdhury with music, children’s dance directed by Pampia Basu Nath, recitation by Samita Ghosh and symphony by Fusion group. Saptami- Recitation by Sikha Basak, recitation in chorus by SOS Children’s Village, solo song by Tanusha Majumdar, popular songs by Priya Bhatttacharya and group and dance show by Swati Hazra from Midnapore. Ashtami- Dance to Tagore songs by Debanjali Maiti, Tagore recitation by Ashrukana Maiti, solo dance by Titli Chakraborty, recitation and song Sonali Das, fusion music Soma Banerjee. At 8.15pm, Kohinoor Sen Barat and troupe will take stage. On Navami, a prize distribution will take place for some contests that had taken place earlier. Sohini Das and group will present a dance recital while Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contestants will conclude the soiree.

Food funda: Saptami- luchi, chholar dal, patoler dorma, fish curry/matar paneer, rice, papaya szechwan chutney, papad, lyangcha. Ashtami- vegetable chop, pea kachuri, Kashmiri alur dom, roast phulkopi, masala kulcha, chutney, papad, nolen gurer chhanar payesh: Navami- mini masala kulcha, pindi chana masala, dhokar dalna, chana kofta/ mutton kosa/ fish Mughalsarai, pulao, chutney, papad, sujir halwa.

Block: AK

Sudeshna Banerjee

Year: 35th

Budget: Rs 25 lakh

The look: Childhood is getting crushed under the increasing weight of the pressures of education. A boy in uniform stands at the gate bent over, being weighed down by a heavy schoolbag. The series of arches overhead stands for his degenerating spinal chord. In the second chamber there are figures of achievers from sports, music, literature and dance, from Sunil Ganguly to Jhulan Goswami, who dreamt big and followed their passion.The third chamber has children carrying so many books that their faces are covered by the pile. The arch at the sanctum sanctorum is formed by books spilling in a formation from the schoolbags of two boys bent over, facing each other.

Pencils threateningly protrude at angles, like guns and spears. All playthings are kept out of access of the children, either behind a net or in cages. The chandelier uses plastic  balls of various sizes. In the theme song, a woman is heard urging a boy to sit down to do sums in the afternoon when he wants to go out and play.

Fun fiesta: Saptami- solo dance by Isani Chowdhury, keyboard by Samadarshi Dey. Group dance directed by Sriparna Bose, dance by the duo Ishani Chowdhury and Somdatta Sarkar. Ashtami- solo dance by Debarima Sanyal, followed by audio drama Sashuri O Bouma, staged by Sakha Chowdhury and Ruby Haldar. Musical extravaganza Sur Sangam, directed by Ranjana Sarkar. Navami- recitation by Sushmita Saha and Dhrupad Tripathi. Audio drama Love Therapy. There will be ramp show to round off the evening. Dashami- Music show by Freelance Foundation, followed by songs sung by Amit and Anisha Biswas. Guest artiste Angshuman Chattopadhyay will conclude the evening.

Food funda: Saptami- rice, shukto, dal, kumri, dhoka, subzi, chutney, papad, doi. Ashtami- khichuri, labra, beguni, chutney, papad, sweets; Navami- rice, dal, chhyachra, alu pakoda, fish curry, chutney, papad, gujia.

Block: AE (Part 1)

Brinda Sarkar

Year: 39th

Budget: Rs 20 lakh

The look: Theme makers Partha and Siddhartha Ghosh have showcased riverine life, especially those of fishermen. The entrance has a large boat, fishing nets are suspended from the ceiling, the walls have related motifs etched and it is all in the backdrop of water, that is depicted artistically through light, sound and installations. The idol is artistic.

Fun funda: Ashtami- recitation, dance and performance by Sahachori musical group.

Food fiesta: Saptami- pulao, veg chop, alur dom, mattar paneer, chutney, papad, bonde. Navami- khichuri, beguni, labra, chutney, papad, payesh.

Block: AJ

Year: 38th

Budget: Rs 15 lakh

The look: The pandal resembles a Shiva temple and there will be images of the lord on the walls and ceilings in various postures. A Shilvalinga is right above the pandal. The idol by Sanatan Pal is traditional and a soothing theme song, composed by resident Lalan Saha under his pen name Feriwala, will play at the pandal.

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration, music, dance, a collage of Tagore songs juxtaposed with narration from his Streer Patro, dance by guest dancer Sangita Sengupta Dey.

Sashthi- kids poetry, music, devotional music by Angana group, Odissi dance by guest Bidisha Basu Mullick. Saptami- Ladies’ music club Antaranga to present tribute to artistes we have lost recently like Lata Mangeshkar, Nirmala Mishra, Bhupinder and Bappi Lahiri. There will also be poetry and Fagun, a dance drama inspired by Tagore’s Hari Khela. Ashtami- dance, kids drama Binti o Bondhura, about a lonely girl who imagines characters from books coming to life, directed by Subhra Bhattacharya. Navami- music, recitation, dance Amio Nari Amio Debi. 

Food fiesta: Saptami- Rice, dal, alu bhaja, shukto, potol dolma, kulfi. Ashtami- khichuri, labra, alur dom, beguni, chutney, bonde. Navami- Veg biryani, chicken chaap /paneer butter masala, gulab jamun.

Block: AA

Year: 46th

Budget: Rs 8 lakh

The look: The pandal is simple and the idol is traditional ek chala one with golden decor.

Fun funda: Panchami- go-as-you-like, dance. Saptami- miscellaneous programmes. Saptami- modern songs by guest artiste Brishtilekha Nandini. 

Food fiesta: Saptami- pulao, alur dom, paneer masala, chutney, papad, mishti. Ashtami- luchi, Kashmiri alur dom, chholar dal, veg chop, chutney, papad, bonde. Navami- khichuri, labra, beguni, chutney, payesh, mishti.

Block: AB

Year: 44st

Budget: Rs 16 lakh

The look: The pandal is a study in the evolution of items used by mankind. Some walls show bedrooms and washrooms of yesteryears, while others show modern kitchen and painting setups. The chandelier in the sanctum sanctorum forms the centre of a huge lotus. The idol and its attire are made of clay and there are stacks of diyas on either side.

Food fiesta: Navami (morning)- bhog packets of pulao, alur dom, chilli paneeer and bonde will be delivered to homes; (lunch)- khichuri, labra, beguni, chutney, bonde.

Block: AC

Year: 45th

Budget: Rs 6 lakh

The look: The theme is lord Jagannath’s Rathyatra. The pandal is shaped like a chariot, complete with horses and wheels and the interiors will have details about the method of worship at the temple in Puri, including those about Subhadra and Ma Bimala, who has her own temple within the Jagannath temple complex. 

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration. Sashthi- children to stage dance drama Marjina Abdullah, directed by Shriya Chakraborty. Saptami- ladies’ dance collage Sundar Swarnali Sandhya, directed by Madhumita Mukhopadhyay. Ashtami- musical tribute to singers who passed away during the pandemic such as Lata Mangeshkar, Nirmala Mishra, Bhupinder and Bappi Lahiri.  Navami- drama Parashmoni directed by Chandan Chakraborty. Dwadashi- guest music group to perform. 

Food fiesta: Saptami- rice, shukto, dal, alu bhaja, phulkopir tarkari, chutney, papad, mishti. Ashtami- khichuri, luchi, alur dom, labra, papad, chutney, payesh. Navami- pulao, beguni, navratna curry, dhokar dalna, chutney, saboor papad, mishti.

Block: AD

Year: 44th

Budget: Rs 18 lakh

The look: The pandal is done up with thread and wire designs set on metallic frames. The colour scheme is mostly black and white and the artwork is inspired by alpona. The idols and their attire are made of clay and they are placed before a white backdrop suspended from the ceiling.

Fun funda: Panchami- performance by Shibratri dance troupe. Sashthi- Sarod recital by Srijay Maitra, recitation and kids’ drama Biswakarmar Ghuri, directed by Moumita Chatterjee. Saptami- music and dance by residents, a scripted music show Ke Tumi Agomoni, directed by Abir Chattapadhyay. Navami- dance and drama Bharate Chai, directed by Srikumar Bhattacharya.

Food fiesta: Saptami- fried rice, paneer curry, French fries, dhokar dalna, chutney, papad, mishti. Ashtami- luchi/ khichuri, beguni, labra, chhanar tarkari, chutney, papad, mishti. Navami- rice, dal, jhuri alu bhaja, potol-chingri, pomfret curry, (another fish curry to be decided on the day), mutton curry, doi, mishti. 

Block: AE (Part 2)

Year: 46th

Budget: Rs 14 lakh

The look: A traditional idol will be placed in a simple pandal.

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration, agomoni programme by ladies. Sashthi- performance by students of Mallasree, the Odissi school that runs out of the community hall, kids’ drama Chomchom Kumar directed by Anindya Sen. Saptami- music by students of Workshop for the Blind, ladies’ drama Swapnasiddha directed by Anindya Sen. Ashtami- dance, music, recitation by Udaan group. Navami- music and dances, including dhunuchi dance. Ekadashi- magic show and performance by singer Sreeradha Bandyopadhyay.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, chutney, papad. Ashtami- luchi, chholar dal, alur dom, tomato chutney, papad, semui payesh. Navami- pulao, finger chips, navratan curry, papad, chaler payesh.

Block: AG

Year: 36th

Budget: Rs 14 lakh

The look: The theme is patachitra and artistes from Midnapore have used hogla leaves and painted Madhubani and patachitra art around the pandal. Lighting is from Chandernagore and a team of women dhakis from Katwa will accompany the festivities. The idol is traditional.

Fun funda: Trayadashi- children will enact Sukumar Ray’s Gondho Bichar and adults Chokhe Angul Dada.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, beguni, phulkapir tarkari, chutney, papad, mishti. Ashtami- pulao, alur dom, paneer curry, veg cutlet, chutney, papad, mishti, doi. Navami- naan, chhole, basanti pulao, chicken kosha, chutney, papad, mishti.

Block: AH

Year: 39th

Budget: Rs 10.5 lakh

The look: The idol will be traditional but pandal will be colourful with human figures in various postures.

Fun funda: Panchami- opening, music, felicitation of students who cleared Board examinations. Saptami- Guest poetry group Udaan will perform. Navami- Conchshell-blowing contest for women, dhak-playing contest for men, dhunuchi dance contest for all. On other days the stage is open to residents for impromptu performances.

Food fiesta: Navami- luchi, begun bhaja, chholar dal, pulao, alur dom, paneer curry, chutney, papad, mishti.

Block: AL

Year: 24th

Budget: Rs 12 lakh

The look: The pandal will be a replica of the Tarapith temple and the idol is traditional.

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration, music, dance and felicitation of senior citizens. Sashthi- recitation and go-as-you-like. The topic for children is community helpers, for ladies it is actresses and for men it is anything of their choice. Saptami- group dance and folk music by ladies. Ashtami- dance and general knowledge quiz for residents. Navami- music and ladies’ drama Hashir Phashi. Dashami (morning)- games such as candle-lighting, conchshell-blowing and whispering over the din of loud music; (evening) dhunuchi dance contest. 

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, alu pakora, chutney, papad, bonde, payesh. Ashtami- luchi, alur dom, chilli paneer, fried rice, chutney, papad, mishti. Navami- rice, machher matha diye dal, alu bhaja, shukto, chutney, papad, mishti. Dasami- the menu is being kept a surprise but it will be non-vegetarian.

Block: BA

Year: 43rd

Budget: Rs 15 lakh

The look: A 20ft abstract Durga idol will be placed before an even larger third eye, outside the pandal. Inside will be a traditional idol that will be worshiped. The colour scheme will be red to depict power and white to depict peace and there will be various forms of Durga depicted in the Kalighat pat style. The theme maker is Jaidip Gupta, a resident interior designer. A selfie booth has been erected to create awareness about special children.

Fun funda: Panchami- Debi vandana, inaugurated by Indranil Sen, singer and minister of information and cultural affairs. This will be followed by agomoni music. Saptami- Block residents will sell home-cooked food at their Anandamela, followed by baul music.

Ashtami- dhunuchi and quiz contests. Navami- dandiya dance, conchshell blowing contest. Ekadashi- music. Dwadashi - audio drama, music, dance. Trayodashi- music, poetry, drama. 

Food fiesta: Panchami (evening)- tea, biscuits, radhaballavi, alur dom, paneer cutlet, mishti. Saptami- basmati rice, ghee, jhuri alu bhaja, shukto, sona mug dal, potoler dolma, dhokar dalna, anaraser chutney, papad, mishti. Ashtami- luchi, lomba begun bhaja, chholar dal, alur dom, basanti pulao, chhanar kofta, aamer chutney, papad, bonde. Navami- khichuri, beguni, alur pakora, labra, bandhakopir tarkari, khejur amswattar chutney, papad, payesh, mishti.

Block: BB

Year: 49th

Budget: Rs 7 lakh

The look: In a bid to attract children, the puja is celebrating characters created by the late cartoonist Narayan Debnath. The entrance to the pandal itself will be a massive fibreglass model of Bantul the Great. Inside will be models of figures from Nonte Phonte, Handa Bhonda and more such characters painted on walls. The idol will be ek chala with shola decor.

Fun funda: Ekadashi- miscellaneous shows by children. Dwadashi- music and dance by residents.

Food fiesta: Saptami- peas pulao, dhokar dalna, Kashmiri alur dum, kumri chop, anarasher chutney, disco papad (small, colourful papads of different shapes), payesh, rasogolla. Ashtami- radhaballavi, bandhakobir tarkari, chholar dal narkol diye, veg chop, khejur-amsattwar chutney, disco papad, sujir payesh, gulab jamun. Navami- khichuri, jhuri alu bhaja, labra, beguni, tomato chutney, masala papad, payesh, bonde.

Block: BC

Year: 46th

Budget: Rs 6 lakh

The look: The idol traditional is and the exterior of the pandal is colourful. 

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration followed by an anandamela with residents selling home-cooked food. Sashthi- aagomoni music, dance and an audio drama Aparichito. Saptami- ladies will stage Manoj Mitra’s Kenaram Becharam. Ashtami- dhunuchi dance contest. Dwadashi- dance and recitation.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, beguni, chutney, mishti. Ashtami- radhaballavi, alur dom, chholar dal, chutney, mishti. Navami- pulao, navratan curry, vegetable chop, chutney, mishti.

Block: BD

Year: 44th

Budget: Rs 10 lakh

The look: The pandal resembles a Bankura village temple and inside the life of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has been depicted with dolls. The chandelier has been created out of jhuri, hats and kulo. The idol is traditional.

Fun funda: Sashthi- dance, music and recitation. Poet Sukanta Bhattacharya’s Runner to be performed through recitation and dance. Saptami- music, audio drama Amar Durga and drama Prajapati to be enacted. Asthami- dhunuchi and conchshell-blowing contest for residents. Navami- Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa artistes will take stage.

Food fiesta: Saptami- pulao, dal, paneer curry, chutney, papad, mishti. Asthami- luchi, dal, alu bhaja, khichuri, labra, chutney, papad, mishti. Navami- rice, machher matha diye sona moog dal, alu bhaja, katla machher jhol, payesh, mishti.

Block: BE (East)

Year: 43rd

Budget: Rs 12 lakh

The look: The idol is traditional and pandal is a based on a rajbari.

Fun funda: Panchami- music by residents. Sashthi- children’s programmes, phuchka and rasogolla- eating contest. Saptami- dance. Residents will also present playwright Banani Mukhopadhyay’s Leelamani, Ei Kon Shokal and Nirup Mitra’s Pasher Bari.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, beguni, chutney, papad, payesh. Ashtami- luchi, chholar dal, Kashmiri alur dom, chutney, payesh, mishti. Navami- rice, dal, jhuri alu bhaja, machher matha diye chhyechra, katla curry/ paneer butter masala, chutney, papad, mishti. From Saptami to Navami 1 to 3pm a langar of sorts will be introduced in the block. Food offered to all but the focus is on support staff of resident such as domestic helps, rickshaw drivers, laundry men etc. Meals will be available to the first 200 who show up. Water and sharbet will also be offered.

Block: BE (West)

Year: 39th

Budget: Rs 10 lakh

The look: to commemorate 75 years of independence, the facade of the pandal is shaped like the India Gate. To reduce their carbon footprint, the puja has done away with single-use plastic and thermocol, paints are eco-friendly and energy-saving LED lights are being used. The traditional idol is sculpted by Sanatan Rudra Pal.

Fun funda: No formal events are planned but the stage is open to anyone who wishes to perform.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, beguni, chutney, papad, payesh. Ashtami- luchi, alur dom, chholar dal, chutney, papad, bonde. Navami- fried rice, veg chop, navratan korma, alu phulkopir dalna, chutney, papad, mishti.

Block: BF

Year: 44th

Budget: Rs 10 lakh

The look: The pandal will be simple and the idol traditional.

Fun funda: Sashthi- inauguration, musical programme for bodhon.

Saptami- music by residents. Ashtami- drama Basbhumi, directed by Subhashis Mondal. Navami- music, poetry collage Tumi Hey Dashabhuja, dance drama Ananda Utsav, directed by Shaoli Mazumdar. Dashami- dhunuchi dance contest before immersion in the evening.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, beguni, chutney, papad, mishti. Ashtami- luchi, chholar dal, veg chop, alur dom, chutney, papad, mishti. Navami- rice, machher matha diye moog dal, potato fry subzi, katla/ paneer curry, chutney, papad, mishti. Dashami- rice, dal, chhyachra, potato fry subzi, katla/ paneer curry, chutney, papad, mishti.

Block: BG 

Year: 38th

Budget: Rs 12 lakh

The look: The traditional idol, by sculptor Amal Paul, will be placed inside the pandal that is shaped like a zamindar house.

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration by an elderly resident, performance by recitation group Udaan and music by a guest troupe. Sashthi- dance by residents and guest troupes. Saptami- folk dance by ladies, directed by Snigdha Kar Acharya and Gautam Baran Adhikary and kids’ play Joydeb. Ashtami- audio drama Amader Golpo Guchchho and ladies’ drama Mushtijogey Bashikaran directed by Rahul Sengupta. Navami- drama Amti Goney music by guest artistes. Ekadashi- drama Shiber Oshaddhi directed by Kunal Mukherjee.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, beguni, mochar chop, alu phulkopir tarkari, pineapple chutney, papad, payesh, amriti, pan masala. Ashtami- luchi, chholar dal, kulcha naan, navaratan curry, paneer makkhanwala, alu bokhra chutney, papad, kheer with malpoa, pan masala. Navami- basanti pulao, corn cheese chop, potoler dorma, chhanar kofta, dhokar dalna, mixed fruit chutney, papad, sitabhog, pan masala. Dashami (veg)- basmati rice, moog dal, jhuri alu bhaja, paneer pasinda/ chhyechhra, malai kofta/ fish fry, phulkopi roast/ doi machh, stuffed capsicum/ mutton kosha, plastic pineapple chutney, papad, kamalabhog, ice cream, pan masala.

AJ Block

AJ Block

Block: BH

Year: 39th

Budget: Rs 15 lakh

The look: a traditional idol will adorn a simple pandal

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration, agomoni music, dhunuchi dance. Sashthi- (afternoon) cooking contest; (evening) children to stage plays Amra Shobai Raja and Bhim Bodh and kids of an NGO to perform a play. Saptami- music, dance, audio drama by senior citizens, kids’ drama Manik Rajar Deshe. Directed by Brinda Mukherjee, it is a tribute to Satyajit Ray and will include characters like Goopy, Bagha, Mukul and Feluda. Ashtami- dance by kids aged between four and seven, drama Srimati Bhoyonkari, directed by Dipali Chatterjee. Navami- dance, music by residents, performance of Kishore Kumar songs by a guest artiste.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, begun bhaja, chutney, papad, payesh. Ashtami- luchi, alur dom, chholar dal/ phulkopir tarkari, chutney, papad, mishti. Navami- pulao, paneer curry, fish fry, katla kalia, chutney, papad, payesh.

Block: BJ

Year: 39th

Budget: Rs 40 lakh

The look: The pandal, on the theme Akal bodhonei akaler somapti, is a tribute to Rama’s akalbodhan, when the epic hero worshiped Devi Durga in an untimely season to seek victory in war. An 80ft pandal has Rama with bow standing on top, right under the standard fluttering atop the structure resembling a temple. Flex banners depict the story of akalbodhan on both sides.

Food funda: Saptami- khichuri, labra, beguni, payesh, chutney;

Ashtami- luchi, begun bhaja,

Kashmiri alur dom, pulao, paneer kofta, chutney, papad, bonde. Navami- basmati rice, ghee, alu bhaja, alu potol with prawn, moog dal with fish head, fish curry, chutney, papad.

Fun fiesta: Panchami- a dance collage ‘Sei je amar ma’, featuring children and women at 6.30pm. Recitation will follow. Arpito Pranangan Music Academy to stage a dance item. Sashthi- sit-and-draw at 9am. Saptami- quiz contest at 9am. Dance show Rupang dehi at 7pm, followed by solo dance, audio drama May I help you and dance by Kutapo dance group. Ashtami- violin recital followed by string orchestra performance. A play by children Roger Chikitsa, directed by Chirantan Bhaduri. A synthesiser recital will conclude the evening. Navami- after a song or two, there will be contests for conchshell blowing and ululation. After a solo dance, there will dhunuchi dance, antakshari and solo violin performance.

Block: BK

Year: 36th

Budget: Rs 20 lakh

The look: The pandal is shaped like a temple and the idol is by sculptor Sujit Pal. There are fibre sculptures of horses, tridents and Durgas outside the pandal too.

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration, keyboard-playing by resident and agomoni music by a guest group. Sashthi- children’s tribute to Lata Mangeshkar and Sandhya Mukherjee through dance, a recitation and music show by boys under the age of 12 on 75 years of independence. There will be a ladies’ dance tribute to musicians we lost this year and the play Lathi by guest group Khela Ghor. Saptami- musical tribute to Mangeshkar, Bappi Lahiri, KK etc by residents of all ages. Ashtami- ladies’ dhunuchi contest and music by Barnali Mukherjee of Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa  fame. Navami- (morning) after the felicitation of residents above the age of 70, will be a celebrity adda with the likes of former mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, economist Suparno Moitra, former IPS officer Pankaj Dutta and men’s rights activist Nandini Bhattacherjee. (Evening) family fashion show with compulsory participation by senior citizens and dance drama by a professional group Bhavana. Dashami (morning)- quiz and cooking contest on the topic of “festive Puja lunch”. Dwadashi- Vijaya sammelani with Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa artistes. 

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, beguni, chhyachra, tomato chutney, papad, gulab jamun. Ashtami- luchi, Kashmiri alur dom, chholar dal, papaya chutney, darbesh. Navami- basanti pulao, dimer devil, mutton korma, aamswatta khejur chutney, papad, vanilla/ two-in-one ice cream.

Block: BL

Year: 36th

Budget: Rs 18 lakh

The look: Modern constructions and technology are leading to mass chopping of trees and birds are suffering. So the block has decided to present a theme “kichir michir,” the sound of the chirping of birds. The pandal is a tall bamboo structure with earthen pots signifying birds’ nests. Inside are hanging colourful origami birds. The sound of chirping will be played in the background.

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration, music, dance, recitation and and modern Bengali songs by guest artiste Ayan Sarkar. Sashthi- after residents’ performances, guest Satyajit Das will present Hemanta Mukherjee songs. Saptami- (morning) sit-and-draw for kids; (evening) Rabindrasangeet, dance and resident Subhashis Sengupta will present retro Hindi and Bengali songs. Ashtami- music, dance, audio drama Bimbavati, directed by Mita Sengupta and Hindi and Bengali music by band Omkar. Navami- music, recitation, classical musicians Keya Chanda and Tanmoyee Chakraborty will take stage. Dashami (morning)- drama Chaturanga staged by youths.

Food fiesta: Ashtami- luchi, begun rai (brinjal cooked with poppy seeds, mustard paste etc), alur dom, pulao, chhanar kofta, chutney, papad, payesh. Navami- rice, machher matha diye moog dal, alu bhaja, shukto, katla kalia, chutney, papad, gulab jamun.

Block: CA

Year: 44th

Budget: Rs 10 lakh

The look: The pandal will be a simple one and the idol traditional.

Fun funda: Panchami- recitation by Katha o Kabita group. Sashthi- music by singer Sudipta Gain. Saptami- phuchka-eating and conchshell-blowing contests. Navami- inter-block dhunuchi dance contest. Winners will receive cash prizes. The last date for entry is Sashthi.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, beguni, labra, khejur aamshwattar chutney, papad, payesh. Ashtami- luchi, chholar dal kaju kishmish diye, alur dom, dhokar dalna, plastic (papaya) chutney, papad, bonde. Navami- rice, moog dal with peas, jhuri alu bhaja, alu potol er tarkari, mutton curry/ paneer masala, anarosher chutney, rosogolla.

Block: CB

Year: 43rd

Budget: Rs 10 lakh

The look: The pandal is a tribute to tribal art. Theme maker Abhijit Das has created colourful cloth masks, Bankura-inspired horses and abstract human heads out of coconuts and recycled electric wires. The idol will be traditional.

Fun funda: Sashthi- Durga vandana directed by Urmila Chakraborty and Durge Durgetinashini by dance troupe Tridev. Saptami- dance and music. Ashtami- dance, Mohit Chattopadhyay’s play Sundar directed by Diptendu Banerjee. Navami- dance, drama Abol Taboler Duniya, directed by Monidipa Banerjee and a guest group to perform a collage of music, dance and recitation. Dashami- Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa artistes will perform.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, bhaja, chutney, papad, payesh. Ashtami- luchi, chhanar kofta, jeera rice, dal, begun bhaja, chutney, papad, malpoa. Navami- rice, dal, alu bhaja, potol er tarkari, katla curry, mutton curry, jeera rice, mishti. Dashami (dinner)- veg soup, chowmein, veg manchurian, kochuri, alur dom, navaratna korma, pulao, chutney, papad, mishti. A handi of gulab jamun will be delivered to every house too.

EE Block

EE Block

Brinda Sarkar

Block: CD

Year: 46th

Budget: Rs 14 lakh

The look: the pandal is a replica of the Char Bangla Temple in Murshidabad. The exterior has a terracotta finish with eco-friendly spray paint. The 15ft idol is traditional.

Fun funda: Panchami- The puja will be inaugurated by block resident Tapati Guha-Thakurta, the art historian who compiled the dossier sent to Unesco seeking inscription of Calcutta’s Durga puja on its representative list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Sashthi- miscellaneous programmes by kids and senior citizens. Saptami- music and dance by children. Ashtami- ladies’ dance and other miscellaneous items. Navami- children’s drama Banku Babu, directed by Soumya Mukherjee and adults’ drama Bashikaran, directed by Saumya De Sarkar.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, beguni, chutney, papad, mishti. Ashtami- luchi, paneer tarkari, alu tarkari, chutney, papad, mishti. Navami- pulao, paneer butter masala, bhaja, chutney, papad, mishti.

Block: CE

Year: 43rd

Budget: Rs 15 lakh

The look: A traditional pandal decked in eco-friendly material. The entry is lined with potted plants. Each plant will carry a question, be it to do with nature or with Durga puja, the answer to which would be found by scanning a QR code next to it.

Fun fiesta: Anandamela on Sashthi with block women selling a variety of snacks, from chicken momo to phuchka. Arpita Roy will head the inaugural programme. A play Aagun Niye Khela will be staged by Jatrik at 7.30pm. Saptami- songs by Sanjukta Das, a play by block kids, group music and dance recital and group song. Ashtami- duet song followed by audio drama, songs and group dance. Navami- phuchka-eating contest at 6.30pm for kids and women followed by dandiya. Dashami- song by Rupsa Majumdar and pujor adda after immersion.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, beguni, kumroni, labra, chutney, papad, mishti. Ashtami- vegetable chop, dal puri, vegetable pulao, chholar dal, Kashmiri alur dom, paneer malai kofta, chutney, papad, mishti. Navami- rice, dudh shukto, begun bhaja, alu bhaja, moog dal, basanti pulao, dhokar dalna, stuffed potoler dorma, mixed fruit chutney, papad, mishti.

Block: CF

Year: 44th

Budget: Rs 18 lakh

The look: The puja will showcase the evolution of Durga puja down the ages from the time they used to take place in zamindar homes to community pujas now, encompassing the changes in idol styles, lighting etc. Black and white pictures adorn the walls leading into and out of the pandal. The idol’s attire and jewellery are made of clay.

Fun funda: Sashthi- agomoni music, dance Aye Prem Srabaney Fagune and Tagore’s drama Khyatir Birambana. Saptami- recitation, dance item Sargam- Emotions at Play and audio drama Nati Binodini. Ashtami- music, recitation and Tagore’s dance drama Chandalika. Navami- music. 

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, beguni, chutney, papad, payesh. Ashtami- luchi, chholar dal, Kashmiri alur dom, chhanar kofta, chutney, papad, bonde. Navami- dum pulao, veg chop, navaratna curry, dhokar dalna, chutney, papad, gulab jamun.

Block: CG

Year: 39th

Budget: Rs 8 lakh

The look: The pandal is decorated with paintings of various forms of Durga and the message is for the goddess to restore peace and happiness to the post-pandemic world. The idol is traditional.

Fun funda: Panchami- Anandemla by ladies’ forum, inauguration by Swami Mukta Sangananda Maharaj of Ramakrishna Mission Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House and Cultural Centre, agomoni programme and an adda among residents called Purano Sei Diner Katha. Conducted by block president Shyamal Gan, it will be a throwback to early memories of puja and life in CG Block. Sashthi- (morning) drawing contest for kids and youths, ramp walk and antakshari for all ages; (evening) music, drama Hingshute directed by Sucharita Sharma, audio drama May I Help You by ladies forum. Saptami- music and poetry collage Alor Benu directed by Tania Nandy, audio drama and mouth organ performance by T.K. Ray. Ashtami- music and poetry. Navami- music, poetry and dance Jago Amar Durga directed by Pinaki De. Dashami- music.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, beguni, chutney, papad, payesh. Ashtami- radhaballavi, dhokar dalna, alur dom, chutney, papad, mishti. Navami- basanti pulao, navaratna korma, alur dom, paneer pasinda, chutney, papad, mishti. Dashami (dinner)- chicken/ paneer biriyani, raita, chutney, papad, rajbhog, paan masala.

Block: CJ

Year: 37th

Budget: Rs 10 lakh

The look: The pandal will be a simple one and the idol traditional.

Fun funda: Sashthi- miscellaneous music by residents, classical and fusion dance by youths and the play Abak Jalpan by children. Saptami- Music by youths, a poetry and music collage featuring musicians we lost this year such as Lata Mangeshkar and Sandhya Mukherjee. Resident Sangita Saha will direct a kids’ audio drama about Durga’s family debating about whether or not to come to earth this year. The block’s ladies’ group Falgudhara will stage two comic audio dramas too. Folk music by residents. Ashtami and Navami- guest artistes would perform.

Food fiesta: Saptami- rice, shukto, dal, alu bhaja, dhokar dalna, chutney, papad, payesh. Ashtami- luchi, chholar dal, khichuri, labra, chutney, papad, bonde. Navami- fried rice, veg chop, chhanar kalia, alur dom, chutney, papad, rossogolla.

Block: CK-CL

Year: 36th

Budget: Rs 22 lakh

The look: The block is celebrating 75 years of independence by featuring items significant to Indian culture. The pandal itself resembles a hut, leading to a pathway of illuminated jute ring curtains and chandeliers. The idol is traditional.

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration followed by Santhali dance by guest performers. Saptami- Raibeshe martial dance. Ashtami- To go with the theme of the puja, resident Sonali Sen has got four to five-year-olds to perform a dance and recitation item on unity in diversity. An audio drama Media-M (a pun on the word medium) will be presented. It is a comic take on the obsession of the common man to be highlighted by the press. Ladies will present comedy drama Same Side, about the obstacles a couple face. Navami- Youths will present Bhim Badh, directed by Onkar Banerjee and Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa-fame singer Tamojit will perform.

Food fiesta: Saptami- rice, shukto, moog mohan dal, alu bhaja, dhokar dalna, chhanar malai kofta, chutney, papad, chhanar malpoa. Ashtami- luchi, chholar dal, khichuri, beguni, labra, chutney, papad, payesh. Navami- rice, machcher matha diye dal/ moog mohon dal, alu bhaja, alu-potol-chingri/ alu potol, doi katla/ paneer butter masala, chutney, papad, mihidana. Dashami (dinner)- dimmer devil, salad, mutton biriyani/ veg biriyani, chicken chaap/ navaratan korma, chutney, papad, kulfi.

Block: DA

Year: 42nd

Budget: Rs 6.5 lakh

The look: A traditional idol has been placed in a simple pandal. 

Fun funda: Sashthi- a scripted music collage called Matrivandana, dance and music. Saptami- music, poetry and a tribute to late musicians like Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya etc. Ashtami- Hindi music and Nirup Mitra’s play Paracharchar Upokarita directed by Samir Chakraborty. Navami- scripted music collage Chhelebela directed by Nadini Sen, dance drama Chitrangada, audio drama Chirantani, written by resident Abhijit Dutta.

Food fiesta: Ashtami- luchi, chholar dal, veg chop, pulao, chhanar kofta curry, chutney, mishti. Navami- radhaballavi, alur dom, fried rice, paneer pasinda, dhokar dalna, chutney, mishti.

Block: DB

Year: 45th

Budget: Rs 6 lakh

The look: To commemorate the Unesco achievement, the block is returning to cultural roots. It is replicating a thakurdalan and traditional idol. 

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration by former air chief marshal Arup Raha, mayor Krishna Chakraborty and councillor Rajesh Chirimar. Sashthi- (morning) sit and draw; (evening) music, dance, stotrapath. Saptami- dance, audio drama Shabdo Jobdo directed by Jojon Das Adhikakry. Nirup Mitra’s play Paracharchar Upakarita enacted by ladies and directed by Mou Dubey. Ashtami- dance, Manoj Mitra’s Maha Vidya directed by Mou Dubey. Navami- guest artistes Corporate Gaanwala to sing Hindi and Bengali songs. Dashami- folk band Dohar to take stage.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, beguni, chutney, mishti. Ashtami- fried rice, paneer curry, chhola batura, mishti, ice cream. Navami- pulao, phulkopi roast, chutney, papad, payesh/ mishti; Dashami (evening) luchi, alur dom, mishti.

Block: DL

Year: 38th

Budget: Rs 27 lakh

The look: The Pradip Rudra Pal idol will be traditional. The theme is Asur Nidhon Joggo and nine forms of Durga are depicted inside the pandal along with images of victory of good over evil.

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration by Shubedapuri Debi Mataji of Sri Sri Saradeswari Ashram, dance programme choreographed by Arpita Chatterjee, music. Sashthi- music, recitation by residents and the group Udaan, folk music by guest Sourodip Mitra and his troupe. Saptami- recitation, dance, music by guest artiste Prabir Das and ladies to stage comedy A.K. Ray (a pun on the question “ei kay re?”). Directed by Pradipta Ray, the play is about seven doplegangers who land up at the same spot. Ashthami- recitation, Odissi dance, mouth organ recital, recitation, music, audio drama and social drama Shasthi Kar, based on Tagore’s Sashthi, performed by Nateek Kolkata. Navami- music, recitation, fashion show directed by Priyadarshini Guha, dandiya dance. Dashami- music and recitation by actor and singer Sandip De.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, kumri, labda, bandhakopir tarkari, papaya chutney, payesh, papad. Ashtami- luchi, chholar dal, alur dom, mishti pulao, dhokar dalna, tomato chutney, papad, bonde. Navami- rice, shukto, bhaja moong dal, alu bhaja, chhanar kofta, aamswatto khejurer chutney, papad, gulab jamun.

EC Block

EC Block

Brinda Sarkar

Block: EC

Year: 46th

Budget: Rs 20 lakh

The look: The theme of the pandal is “Self-free or only selfie”. The pandal has a majestic entry, with metallic finish bamboo sticks. Inside are reflective materials of golden and silver tinge, giving multiple chances to visitors to click themselves as well as reflect on their inner selves. There are two idols — the first one traditional but behind that will be another artistic one to match the theme.

Fun funda: Panchami- Ladies will perform an elaborate arati. Sashthi- debi baran, agomoni music. Saptami- dance and music. Ashtami- music, dance, recitation by kids. Navami- drama Aghoton, directed by Arup Ghosh.

Food fiesta: Saptami- basanti pulao, chhanar dalna, veg chop, navaratna curry, chutney, papad, mishti. Ashtami- luchi, khichuri, chholar dal, begun bhaja, labra, chutney, papad, bonde. Navami- fried rice, dal, alu bhaja, mutton curry/ dhokar dalna, chutney, papad, mishti.

Block: EE

Year: 25th 

Budget: Rs 37 lakh

The look: The theme uses the wall painting style of Odisha’s Saura tribe to spread the message of protecting the earth. Agriculture is an important motif of this art and in a prayer to keep the cooking pots of every household full, the pandal is being decorated with some 2,000 pots of various sizes. The smallest is eight inches and the largest - placed above the pandal - is 13ft high. It is seated on a pedestal and so appears to be 21ft high. This pot is empty, symbolising human desires and there are many rice-filled pots placed around the pandal as answers to our prayers. About 1,500 diyas are also being used in the decoration. Sand art shows Durga and Asur and the idol has a green, leafy border, placed against a colourful backdrop.

Fun funda: Sashthi- (morning) sit-and-draw. (Evening) music, recitation, dance, monoact by Ela Das. Saptami- (morning) contests for conchshell-blowing and dancing to rhthym of the dhak. (Evening) miscellenous items, show by magician Shyamal Kumar, mouth organ by Uttaran Sarkar. Ashtami (afternoon) antakshri; (evening)- music, dance, recitation, baul music by Biswanath Biswas.

Food fiesta: Ashtami- khichuri, beguni, labra, chutney, papad, payesh. Navami- basanti pulao, dimmer devil, dhokar dalna, chicken kosha, chutney, ice cream.

Block: FC

Year: 39th

Budget: Rs 12 lakh

The look: Rural Bengal is being showcased with swathes of kash flowers that have been grown in the park. Hay, paddi, dhekis, a well and other such typical motifs are on display and lanterns keep the village lit up in the evening along with sounds of insects, ulu and conchshells. While the Durga idol — to be worshipped — is holding on to her children, an added attraction is another pantheon placed in a balcony of a hut, performing activities common to rural life. Kartik and Ganesh are shown playing danguli, Lakshmi is skipping with a rope, Saraswati is playing ekka dokka (hopscotch). The idea is to depict the deities as humans and so Durga is shown with two hands instead of 10, with her third eye the only hint of her divinity. Shiva is shown in a corner of the balcony too, smoking a hookah.

Food fiesta: Ekadashi (dinner)- rice, dal, alu bhaja, alu phulkopir tarkari, mutton curry, chutney, papad, mishti. In a first for the block, a pavilion selling food will be set up next to the pandal all through the puja days.

Block:FE

Year: 38th

Budget: Rs 15 lakh

The look: A traditional pandal resembling a mansion.

Fun funda: Panchami- Opening dance by Jalsha Chandra and troupe. Prize distribution of sit and draw and go as you like contests. Sashthi- agomoni songs in chorus, song by Shreemoyee Bhattacharjee and Suhrita Pal. Saptami- antakshari by residents. Ashtami- conchshell blowing contest at 7.30pm, followed by puja adda. Navami- dhunuchi dance, directed by Rimi Roy Chowdhuri and dandia, directed by Madhu Singh and Anushka Basak. Ekadashi- dance by Mrittika Chatterjee and recitation by Rudra Dutta.

Audio play Moner Katha, Praner Katha, followed by music band Kanta Taar. Dwadadshi- group songs followed by audio play Prastab, written by Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay and a play Uro Chithi. Trayadshi- reading by Swapna Das, recitation by Writaban Kumar Saha. The Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay play Subarno Golak will be staged, directed by Partha Sarathi Bose.

Food fiesta: Saptami- kachuri, beguni, French fry, badhakopir subzi, chutney, papad, gulab jamum. Ashtami- luchi, chholar dal, alur dom, vegetable chop, pulao, chhanar dalna, chutney, papad, mihidana. Navami- rice, moog dal, alu bhaja, fish kalia, mutton kasha (veg Manchurian and kadai paneer for vegentarians), chutney, papad, ice cream.

Block: GC

Year: 38th

Budget: Rs 17 lakh

The look: A traditional idol has been placed in a pandal resembling a thakur dalan.

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration. Sashthi- agomoni music, dance, a kids’ dance collage on music from Satyajit Ray films and a guest dance troupe’s performance. Saptami- kids’ drama Kaliyuger Pala, directed by Rita Niyogi and Piyali Dutta, music, youth’s dance to Lata Mangeshkar songs. Ashtami- dhunuchi dance, music and performace by a guest singer. Navami- Garba dance by residents and show by guest music group.

Food fiesta: Saptami- rice, shukto, machher matha diye moog dal/ moog mohon dal, jhuri alu bhaja, katla kalia/ chanar kofta, anaroser chutney, papad, rasgolla. Ashtami- khichuri, beguni/ kumri, labra, tomato chutney, papad, chaler payesh. Navami- basanti pulao, phulkopir roast, dhokar dalna, mixed fruit chutney, papad, Lady Kenny/ pantua. Dashami- kochuri, chholar dal narkol diye, peas pulao, mutton kosha/ paneer pasinda,  navaratan korma, alu bokhra aam swatta kjejurer chutney, papad, ice cream.

Block: GD

Year: 38th

Budget: Rs 23 lakh

The look: The pandal is shaped like a south Indian temple of Australia, with the colours yellow and orange predominant. Inside is mirror and stone-work. The idol is traditional.

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration by a monk of Bharat Sevashram, music, Durga stuti, kids music, ramp show on the theme of Debipaksha directed by Sanchari Samaddar. Sashthi- music, kids’ dance, recitation, dance drama Chandalika. Saptami- music and dance performance, drama Bharate Chai directed by Antara Dasgupta. Ashtami- music by residents and Hindi and Bengali songs by guest band Lamhe. Navami- conchshell-blowing contest, folk music by guest artiste Dev Gautam. Dashami- dhunuchi dance contest.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, beguni, chutney, mishti. Ashtami- luchi, pulao, alur dom, paneer curry, chutney, mishti. Navami- rice, dal, bhaja, katla curry, mutton curry, chutney, mishti.

Block: HA

Year: 38th

Budget: Rs 14 lakh

The look: the pandal is shaped like a monastry in Nepal and the idol is traditional.

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration, music, and felicitation of meritorious students. Sashthi- conchshell-blowing contest and dance drama Uma by the group Salt Lake Dekhasona. Saptami- music, audio drama Balika Vidyalaya and magic show. Ashtami- children’s dance and music. Navami- Swapnamoy Chakraborty’s Giribalar Golpo to be presented as an audio drama, music and Skyland orchestra to perform.

Food fiesta: Saptami- rice, dal, jhuri alu bhaja, phulkopi/ bandhakopir tarkari, katla curry/, chutney, papad (non-veg option of pulao, mattar paneer, chili potato). Ashtami- khichuri beguni, labra, chutney, papad. Navami- rice, dal, tarkari, mutton curry, chutney, papad. Dashami- fried rice, alur dom, mishti

Block: HB

Year: 38th

Budget: Rs 25 lakh

The look: Artists from Midnapore have covered the pandal’s walls, pillars and ceilings with patachitra art. The idol too blends with the theme.

Fun funda: Panchami- music, dance, performance by a group for underprivliged children, children’s drama Makaibarir Bhoot, written and directed by Partha Sarathi Upadhyay. Sashthi- recitation, music, dance and performace by residents’ band Paranoid. Saptami- recitation and music.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, beguni, chutney, papad, payesh. Ashtami- luchi, chholar dal, tarkari, bonde. Navami- rice, dal, paneer/ mutton/ fish curry, chutney, papad, mishti.

Block: IA

Year: 37th

Budget: Rs 15 lakh

The look: The pandal has paintings and images promoting the eco-friendly message and the traditional idol has been sculpted by Meenakshi Pal.

Fun funda: Panchami- inauguration by the lady sculptor of the puja’s idol and Kanta Chakraborty, who teaches needy children near Dum Dum railway station. Stotra path and kids’ play Boroder Chhotobela, directed by Nilanjana Halder. Dance by children of Mukti Rehabilitation Centre and Agomonir Surey, directed by Pranati Bose. Sashthi- dance programme Sun Sakhi Bajaye Bansi directed by Rupsha De, stotra path, drama Bhoyonkar Bharate. Saptami- kids’ dance Nana Roope, Nana Ronge Prakriti, drama Ekti Avastav Golpo, directed by Sonali Paul. Ashtami- sitar and dance performances. Navami- music, recitation and drama Lungi.

Food fiesta: Sashthi- karaichurtir kochuri, chholar dal with coconut and peas, alur dom, darbesh. Saptami- rice, moog dal with vegetables, alu bhaja, dhokar dalna, katla curry, chutney, papad, doi, rasgolla. Ashtami- khichuri, labra, beguni, chutney, papad. Navami- Basanti pulao, navaratan korma, mutton curry, chutney, papad, ice cream.

Block: IB

Year: 36th

Budget: Rs 14 lakh

The look: The block has recreated Jayrambati, the birthplace of Sarada Ma. Idols of Sarada, Ramakrishna and Durga are placed in huts around the make-belief village.

Fun funda: Panchami- author Bani Basu, actress Sabitri Chatterjee, resident and industrialist Lalit Beriwala of Shyam Steel, MLA Sujit Bose and councilor Ranjan Poddar will be present for the inauguration. A ladies’ group will recite slokas and guest singer Srabani Majumdar Maitra will perform Bengali songs by Lata Mangeshkar. Sashthi- music and dance by a troupe of needy children living around Labony Estate, music by guest artiste Aparajita Ghosh. Saptami- (morning) sit-and-draw and recitation contests. (Evening) audio drama Louho Bhook directed by Sumitra Mukhopadhyay, folk music by guest artiste Debapriya Biswas. Ashtami- (morning) extempore; (evening) music and dance on Tagore’s works by a guest group of needy children, recitation, music and dance by residents and audio drama Karta Ginni Samachar by guest group Charubak. Navami- (morning) quiz; (evening) dance and drama Subarno Golok. Dashami- (morning) conchshell-blowing and diya-lighting contest; (evening)- Before the idol is taken for immersion there will be contest for women to dance to the rhythm of dhakis. Ekadashi prize distribution and music by Dilasha Chowdhury of the Super Singer reality show.

Food fiesta: Saptami- khichuri, labra, beguni, kopi bhaja, chutney, papad, simui payesh. Ashtami- krishnaballavi, begun bhaja, chholar dal, alur dom, dhokar dala, chutney, papad, mihidana. Navami- pulao, paneer butter masala, fish chop, mutton cury, chutney, papad, ice cream. Dashami- rice, jhuri alu bhaja, moog dal, shukto, katla kalia, bagda chingri malai curry, chutney, papad, mohonara.

Block: JC 

Year: 24th

Budget: Rs 8 lakh

The look: A replica of Princep Ghat has been built and the idol inside is traditional.

Fun funda: Sashthi- inauguration, kids’ items, including a play Lockdowney Amra, written and directed by Aparna Roy. Saptami- kids’s shows. Ashtami- chorus of autumn songs by students of block-based music school Saajhbati. The show is directed by their teacher Sikha Chatterjee and tabla accompaniment is by resident college-student Utsav Rudra. There will be three plays — Jiban Jerokhom, Bou Kotha Koye and a monoact by Minakshi Sinha. Navami- dance, recitation by Bimal Konar and others.

Food fiesta: Saptami- (lunch)- rice, dal, alu potol chingri, gondhoraj katla, chutney, mishti; (dinner)- korai shutir kochuri, alur dom, chutney, mishti. Ashtami- (lunch)- pulao, paneer, dhokar dalna, chutney, mishti; (dinner)- naan, chana masala. Navami- (lunch)- fried rice, khashir mangsho, beguni, chutney, ice cream; (dinner)- koraishutir kochuri, alur dom, chutney, mishti. Dashami- (lunch) khichuri, labra, beguni, payesh, chutney, bonde. (Afternoon snack)- phuchka and sugarcane juice.

Labony Abasan

Year: 48th

Budget: Rs 16 lakh

The look: The simple pandal has been decorated with hand-painted slices of traditional village life and sakha-pola, swastika, kulo, jhuri and dala.

Fun funda: The famed dhaki group will be in action here in evenings.

Food fiesta: Ashtami- Khichuri, labra, beguni, chutney, rasagolla.

(All schedules are subject to last-minute changes)

Last updated on 30.09.22, 08:13 AM
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