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Monday, October 26, 2015

BD Sureka passes away

From L to R: Nandlal Shah, Vishambar Newar, Pradeep Sureka, Arun Sureka, H P Kanoria, H P Budhia, Harsh Neotia, Dr Pratibha Agarwal, Radhe Shyam Agarwal, R S Goenka, Prakash Chandra Agarwal, Jugalkishore Jethalia
October 27, 2015: The Sindoor Khela event was extensively covered by the print and electronic media with television channels beaming the colourful pageantries – smearing of vermillion, chau and dragon dance etc., to the beats of the dhak.
The event was covered live by three television channels and I also got a message that the event was covered by a newspaper far away in the Gulf.
At the condolence meet of Late B D Sureka
After the Sindoor Khela, I also attended the condolence meeting of Bishwambhar Dayal Sureka known in Kolkata society as BD.
B D Sureka had expired while I was overseas. I went to his residence also to express my condolence to his family. On Sunday afternoon I attended the public condolence meet hosted and organized at the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad.
With the passing away of B D Sureka, the last link to the line of my mother’s era has ended. He was a family friend, a well-wisher and a strong supporter of my various social initiatives. I am flying today for a day to Thailand for a meeting with the WFUNA officials.
ess bee

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sindoor Khela at Chaltabagan Durga Puja 2015

At the Chaltabagan Durga Puja mandap
October 25, 2015: After the Dhak Mahotsav, I went overseas for a week and returned to Kolkata to have a couple of days to enjoy the Pujas. Today morning there was the Sindoor Khela at the Manicktalla Chaltabagan Lohapatty Durga Puja. 
With Chief Guest Moon Moon Sen
Like the other years, it was a big draw as usual with the Chief Guest Moon Moon Sen and a host of other lady celebrities from the glamour and other walks of life participating actively in the event. Like last year this year also the Sindoor Khela was presented by Vodafone.
The day, however, began on a sad note when I got a phone call informing about the shocking news of the death of actor Piyush Ganguly who had met with an accident on October 20 and had since then been fighting for his life in a city hospital. He succumbed to his injuries in the morning. I pray his soul rests in peace.
Adding to my worries was the news that one of my acquaintances, Malabika Sen, the wife of Late Sumit Sen, resident editor of the Times of India in Kolkata, had also been seriously injured in the accident and surgeries performed. I thanked God that she was out of danger.
With Rupa Ganguly, Parno Mitra, June Maliah, Priti Patel, Malika Verma, Chaiti Ghoshal, Monami and others
Many of the participants in the Sindoor Khela 2015 were from the film and television industry who called up to say that they would attend the event a tad late. Finally the event went off well with all the guests attending it and participating enthusiastically. The head of Vodafone in eastern region, Anand Sahai, was there with his wife. ITC Sonar arranged for the food and catering which is very rare for a puja pandal in Kolkata.
The Chaltabagan Puja 2015 went off very well with Dhak Mahotsav, Puja Parikrama and Sindoor Khela. The theme of supporting sustainable development was in sync with the UN's recent Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda declared at the UN General Assembly on September 24, 2015. 
The Chaltabagan Puja this year used over two lac bio-degradable coconut shells to decorate the pandal. The laser lighting and other effects made it all the more magical. The puja was very well attended by the crowds.
ess bee

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dhak Mahotsav 2015 at ITC Sonar


With Rupa Ganguly, Sri Keshari Nath Tripathi and Dev
October 14, 2015: Last week I was in Kolkata preparing for various functions of Puja. On October 10th evening I attended the dinner at Crystal Hall, Taj Bengal, to meet and greet Dr Shashi Tharoor and Mr Omar Abdullah, thanks to Imran Zaki for inviting me.
On Sunday (October 11) the much-awaited Durga Puja of Manicktalla Chaltabagan was flagged off by the Governor of West Bengal, His Excellency, Shri Keshri Nath Tripathi, today afternoon with the inauguration of Dhak Mahotsav 2015 at the ITC Sonar's Sunderban Lawns
This year the chief guest was Bengal's leading actor Dev and the event was in association with Kutchina and ITC Sonar.
The dhak mahotsav event has become a signature event of Kolkata pujas.
Like the past Governors, the present Governor too, for the second year in succession, started his Puja campaign in the city from our event by playing the traditional dhak (drum) of Bengal with leading drummers and tabla exponents Bickram Ghosh and Tanmoy Bose.
Like earlier years, the novelty of dhak mahotsav event this year was the strong attendance of celebrities, diplomats, industrialists and performing artistes and musicians of national repute along with a strong media presence. 
I was wondering if it'd might rain today but surprisingly it turned out to be a very sunny and painfully hot for an outdoor event. The dhak mahotsav also had display of traditional dhunuchi naach.
This is the 73rd Puja celebrations of Manicktalla Chaltabagan Lohapatty Durga Puja. This year's theme is the amalgam of tradition and modernity conveying an environment-friendly message of “Sustainable Development” and the use of bio-degradable materials like coconut shells for decorating a pandal in the shape of a huge earthen lamp.
On 25 September, 2015, 193 countries of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2020 Development Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda. The use of environment-friendly coconout is in keeping with the spirit of the new UN agenda of SDGs.

With Utsav Parekh, Atul Bhalla and Mrs Nilangi Parekh
Master craftsman Sutanu Maity and his team of artisans from Digha and Contai have been working for the past five months to create decorative items out of coconut shells to be used in decorating the puja pandal of Chaltabagan Durga Puja.
The artisans have demonstrated how the environment-friendly coconut shells can be used as spectacular art work for decorating the puja pandal.
A series of events like the Puja Parikrama for the senior citizens of Kolkata and Sindoor Khela will be organized and hosted by Chaltabagan Durga Puja.
I shall be leaving for overseas today and will try to return before pujas.
ess bee

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Onset of Puja festivities

With Parambrata, Rachana, Nilanjanaa, Divya Dutta, Prasenjit and Jisshu
October 6, 2015: I went to Lal Bazaar in the afternoon today and had a meeting with the Commissioner of Police and other officials regarding Puja related events and other related issues. 
As the Pujas arrive, which is one of the biggest event of Bengal and perhaps of India, the whole state of West Bengal and India soaks up into a session of festive spirit.
Yesterday I had a meeting at the ITC Sonar for the forthcoming Dhak Mahotsav event of Manicktalla Chaltabagan Durga Puja on Sunday, October 11, 2015.
With Mr Olaf Inversen, Consul General, FRG Kolkata
Last Sunday (Oct 4) was a rest day for me after a long time after a hectic Saturday (Oct 3). I attended a lunch at The Taj Bengal to mark the 25th Anniversary of The Day of German Unity hosted by Olaf Iversen, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany.
With Mr Ma Zhanwu, Consul General PRC
In the evening I hosted a dinner for the Ma Zhanwu, the incoming Consul General of The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kolkata. I have good relations with almost all the diplomatic missions in Kolkata and I keep hosting welcome and farewells for them.
I also invited my old friend Gautam Lewis and his mother Dr Patricia Lewis at the dinner. Gautam Lewis is a man of stupendous achievements. 
He was born in the streets of Kolkata in 1977 and contracted polio at the age of three and abandoned by his parents at the age of seven.
With Dr Patricia Lewis, Sakshi Agarwal and Gautam Lewis at Taj Bengal
He was adopted by Dr Patricia Lewis, a British nuclear physicist from Mother Teresa's orphanage in Kolkata. Gautam went on to study at the Hill House School in England where the children of the rich and famous went.
With Sarah Sandhu
He graduated from South Hampton University and pursued a successful career in music. But soon quit to set up Freedom in the Air (FITA) flying school for the disabled in UK.
Gautam himself is among the few and first disabled commercial pilots of the world. He has also been a Unesco ambassador for the Global Polio Eradication initiative.
Post dinner had a meeting in Alipore and at 11:30 pm. I went to Shisha for a birthday party for my actress friend Rachana Banerjee. There I met quite a few people from Tollywood after a long time.
ess bee

Friday, October 2, 2015

At Kalam Jaipur with Namita Gokhale

At the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Sujangarh Nagrik Parishad
October 2, 2015: I returned to Kolkata from Jaipur yesterday and today morning attended the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Sujangarh Nagarik Parishad at the Vidya Mandir auditorium as their Chief Guest.
Jaipur was once again very hectic. Instead of morning, I reached Jaipur on the evening of September 30. From 6 pm
onwards I attending meetings at a stretch.
With Namita Gokhale
Yesterday, after having one meeting, there was another meeting with the representatives of DNA newspaper. 
After that, I hosted a lunch for Namita Gokhale who was in Jaipur to attend the Kalam series as the guest author.
At the lunch I hosted for Namita Gokhale
After lunch, I attended the Kalam event that is presented by Shree Cement and organized by Prabha Khaitan Foundation in association with leading daily Dainik Bhaskar, We Care and Mariott.
I left for the airport before the event concluded in order to catch my flight back to Kolkata.
ess bee