Durga puja is not just a festival; it is an emotion for the Powai Bengali Welfare Association (PBWA). It is said that durga puja marks the victory of good over evil and is the perfect time to let the bad things slide. And this true meaning is perfectly mastered by the PBWA. Currently in its 11th year, the PBWA is celebrating the fest in true spirit from creating the largest pandal to organizing a CEO walk to adopting a village.
Here are 7 things that prove this pandal is a truly hatke pandal:
- PBWA’s durga puja is Mumbai’s one of the largest durga puja pandal spanning over 70 feet high, 100 feet wide and replicating the Vivekananda Rock Memorial of Kanyakumari.
- For Bengalis, durga puja is synonymous with grandeur and indulgence, be it in clothes or food. Here you can catch up on some sumptuous cuisine and gorge on the most deliciously prepared traditional dishes at the Mega Food Festival. The festival will see 12 food stalls by leading Bengali caterers serving mutton rolls, mughlai parathas, mishti doi and other Bengali food and sweets.
- Taking in to consideration the taste of younger group a full free WiFi zone will be available for all visitors. Besides it will also install a 25*10 feet LED panel to display cultural programs from other durga puja pandals across the world.
- For the photography enthusiast, an Art Photography contest has been organised and will be judged by Padmashree Raghu Rai. The participants of the contest will be asked to capture the durga puja moments and share it on the Facebook page tagging PBWA. Winners will be felicitated with attractive prizes.
- October 7 will see jatra –a popular form of Bengali folk theatre. On October 10, a Retro theme orchestra featuring RD Burman’s original orchestra band will be organised.
- The women empowerment cell of PBWA known as Mission Swayam Siddha (MSS) will organize a CEO Power Walk. In 2015, CEOs of leading corporate houses like Kellogg’s, J&J, Club Mahindra Holidays, SBI Life Insurance Company, Axis Securities Limited, Emerson, APCO Worldwide, DHL Express and Mahindra Lifespace, participated in the walk. “The aim of the walk is to come together in support of women empowerment related themes and lend their voice to the cause of underprivileged women,” says Saurav Mitra, Chairman of PBWA.
- PBWA has adopted two villages, Kelichepada and Aluymal earlier. “This year we have adopted third village in Talasari and provided them with drinking water, nutrition, solar lighting and education,” says Prateek Bhattacharya, PBWA volunteer. He further adds, “Though this durga puja is looked as a carnival but for us it is a social cause. Where we tend to bring lights on social issues such as women empowerment and education for the less privileged people.”
There is also a buzz that Producer and Rani Mukherjee’s brother Raja Mukherjee has chosen the pandal for the shoot of his upcoming movie.
See you there! And if you can’t make it then “Asche bochhor abar hobe.”