New York Puja Association (NYPA)
Durga Puja – 2012

A Wonderful Experience

Some, if not all of you, must be wondering how Bengali people of New York observed Durga Puja this year. This report is on how New York Puja Association arranged for the celebration of the pujas over October 7, 8 and 9 in Gujrati Samaj Hall in Queens. The weather was perfect with sunshine, a few high clouds with highest temperature around 80F. According to one performer, New York weather happened to be better this year than that in Kolkata. Bodhon and Shasthi puja were scheduled from 5 to 7 PM on Friday. On the cultural side, Mrs. Manjula Mukhopadhyay, on behalf of NYPA, presented plaques to honor Mr. Ashok Vyas of ITV, and Mr. Bipin Patel of Gujrati Samaj. Some NYPA members presented a number of songs to commemorate Viswakabi’s 150th birthday. The climax of the evening was an outstanding dance performance by Tanusree Shankar and her troupe. The audience appreciated why she is considered as a leading exponent of contemporary Indian dance forms. Saptami and Ashtami pujas were held on October 8 from 12 to 7 PM. As it happened in Kolkata this year, people here also flooded into the auditorium in large number to take part in the pujas and attend the cultural programs. Also, Mr. John Liu, New York City Comptroller, came, showed support and wished our association well. The cultural program started with dance performance by Pia Majumdar and her group. “Bollywood Dhamaka” was the theme of the evening and contributed by Soumen Nandi and Pratibha Singh Bhagel -- Sa Re Ga Ma Pa finalists, Rathijit Bhattacharjee of Zee and ETV Bangla and Suvajit from India. The audience enjoyed their performances up to about midnight! Nabami and Dashami pujas were held on Sunday, October 9 between 12 to 7 PM. Local talents started the cultural program with dance and music performances. The highpoint of the evening was Sruti Natak presentations by Basabdutta Majumdar of Kolkata Doordarshan. Her approach was novel and the presentations were stunning. Each day, the pujas were followed by pushpanjali and distribution of prosad and bhog. The priests, Arun Ganguly and Mrinmoy Mukherjee, performed admirably and were happy to conduct pushpanjali a number of times for the newly arrived community people. Although there was a general feeling of sadness after bisarjan, some people tried to compensate their feeling by taking part in sindoor khela, dhunuchi naach and a mini procession with slogans and the sound of dhak and ghonta. Like in other years, the food, sari and other stalls were vibrant and crowded with people.

 
EVENTS
 
Look for Upcoming Durga Puja and
Kali Puja 2017
   
29th September 2017, Friday
Puja
Anjali
Prasad and Bhog
Cultural
4.00 pm
6 - 6.30 pm
6.30 pm
7.00 pm
30th September 2017, Saturday
Puja
Anjali
Prasad and Bhog
Cultural
12.00 pm
3 pm
5.30 pm
6.30 pm
1st October 2017, Sunday
Puja
Anjali
Prasad and Bhog
Cultural
1.00 pm
3 pm
5.00 pm
7.00 pm

 





LAXMI PUJA - 2017 to be announced
KALI PUJA - 2017
21st October, 2017
PICNIC August, 2017
HOLIDAY PARTY to be announced
SARASWATI PUJA
to be announced

 

 
We accept Credit Cards. Minimum donation for Durga Puja Single $100 or more. Couple or Family of two $150.00. Additional person $50.00 each. We also accept Cash or Check.