The Malviya Nagar Durga Puja, that was launched in 1969 under the banner of ‘Malviya Nagar Durga Puja Samity’ with a handful of members, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The oldest Dura Puja in south Delhi, its membership has now crossed 5000, with people from all communities participating.
Chittaranjan Banerjee, general secretary of the Puja commitee, believes the present day youth is keen on carrying foward the mantle. They are dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga and want to preserve the tradition, he added.
“We celebrate this festival as a true reminder of the victory of good over evil, a celebration of our rich culture and tradition and also a reflection of our aesthetic views of history. The speciality of our Durga Puja is that we believe in tradition and are eager to hold on to our roots,” said Banerjee.
“During our journey, we have experienced lots of people from all communities helping us honestly and heartily in our endeavour. Our Samity has got appreciation and awards from various organisations too,” he added.
The golden jubilee was celebrated in a grand manner with support from the area MLA and the councillor and residents of Malviya Nagar.
Starting from Panchami, 14 October to Dashera / Vijaya Dashami on 19 October, there will be art competition, sports competition, dramatics and many other cultural events.
Many top artistes will perform with the highlights being traditional folk & Baul songs by Samrat Chakraborty, music by playback singers Tomojit & Suprana as well as Bappaditya.