Durga puja committees in Kolkata cut costs to support orphans, poor

With West Bengal still recovering from the ravages of the COVID-19 second wave and cyclone Yaas, several Durga puja committees here have decided to allot a portion of this years budget for humanitarian causes.Samajsebi Sangha Durga Puja, one of the big-ticket pujas in the city, said it would bear a years educational and medical expenses of 10 children orphaned due to COVID-19, as part of its project Sneho.Puja is all about serving humanity.


PTI | Kolkata | Updated: 06-09-2021 15:57 IST | Created: 06-09-2021 15:43 IST
Durga puja committees in Kolkata cut costs to support orphans, poor
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With West Bengal still recovering from the ravages of the COVID-19 second wave and cyclone Yaas, several Durga puja committees here have decided to allot a portion of this year's budget for humanitarian causes.

Samajsebi Sangha Durga Puja, one of the big-ticket pujas in the city, said it would bear a year's educational and medical expenses of 10 children orphaned due to COVID-19, as part of its project 'Sneho'.

''Puja is all about serving humanity. We have decided to shun all pomp and show this Durga puja. In our locality, a child lost both his parents to the second wave. ''Our members have unanimously decided to chip in for 10 such children... those deprived of 'sneho' (affection) by a sudden cruel blow of fate,'' Arijit Moitra, the committee's general secretary, told PTI.

Lauding the initiative, Rasbehari MLA Debashis Kumar said Goddess Durga will be happier if the puja organizers reach out to the poor and the needy.

He promised to extend all possible support to the Samajsebi puja committee.

The popular College Square Durga Puja committee will be distributing books and toys among children in the Sundarbans region, where two cyclones have wreaked havoc in the course of a year.

''Our team will visit Chhoto Mollakhali area in Sundarbans on October 3 to hand over books and games to children. We will give extravagant illumination a miss this year,'' one of the organizers said.

The Bhawanipore 75 Pally has decided to come to the aid of 'Chhau' artists of Purulia district, who have been badly hit by the lockdown. 'Chhau', a traditional dance form, has performers retelling episodes of Ramayana, Mahabharata, and the puranas, donning colorful costumes and masks.

''Many artists, craftsmen are facing financial hardships as festivals and fairs have been called off across the country amid the pandemic. We will do our bit to help at least some of them,'' Subir Das, the secretary of Bhawanipore 75 Pally, said.

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