The members of Bhowanipur 75 Palli have taken up the challenge to discover the theme “MANOBIK” and uplift the morale of “Chhau Dancers” (folk dance of Purulia, West Bengal) during Durga Puja. Bhowanipur 75 Palli is one of the eye catcher puja of the city for its innovative concept and style of celebration. This Puja is particularly famous for its unique style of pandals and also for the social work which the committee carries out throughout the year.
The name ‘Bhowanipur 75 Palli’ is at present regarded as an emerging star amongst the leading theme pujas of south Kolkata. Incessantly for the past few years our puja presents a new theme which has created a firm place in millions of heart across the globe, likewise keeping the continuation going in this year 2021 our puja came up with a new line of thought “MANOBIK”, which is to be showcased through the means of our puja theme. The Bhowanipur 75 Palli puja committee has decided to come to the aid of ”Chhau” artistes 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 colourful costumes and masks. They will depict a small village of Purulia and will bring the government enlisted ‘chhau’ dancers and their families to Kolkata.
Speaking to the media, Mr. Subir Das, Club Secretary said, “We are dedicating this puja to kids & family members of Chhau artists in Purulia, donating a major share of the subscription and the state’s dole to them, along with making the premises available for them to perform and sell their goods. We have donated clothes to kids of 250 Chhau Dancers on 26th September on the occasion of World Daughter’s Day at Charida Village in Purulia & will be also giving new clothes to the family members of ‘Chhau’ dancers by supporting 50-odd families. This initiative is taken by keeping with the financial losses everyone is facing due to pandemic. Many artistes and craftsmen are facing financial hardships as festivals and fairs have been called off across the country amid the pandemic. We are inspired by our Honble CM Smt Mamta Banerjee and will do our bit to help at least some of them.”