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Mamata gives away Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman 2017

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Kolkata | Thursday, Oct 12 2017 IST
 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today gave away the Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman at Nazrul Mancha here. Ms Banerjee had instituted these awards three years ago. Apart from the awards for the best Durga Pujas, the Chief Minister also started Durga Puja Bisarjan Carnival from 2016. The carnival has become extremely popular across the world. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Banerjee said, "It is a tradition to meet your near and dear ones for mishtimukh after Bijoya. I am happy to meet with you all on this occasion. Crores of people had visited various pandals during the festive days. But there had not been any untoward incidents. My best wishes to all for maintaining peace and harmony during Durga Pujo, she said. The chief minister said, "This year, Muharram and Durga Puja happened at the same time, this happens every 25-30 years. For the last four to five years, the people of Bengal have been celebrating Durga Puja and Muharram around the same time. This year, the celebrations were totally incident-free, for which I congratulate the puja committees and the people." "We all follow some religion or the other, but we all celebrate festivals together. A lot of conspiracies were hatched, but to the credit of you all, no untoward incident happened during the happy festival. What Bengal can do, no one else can. I am sure had Ganapati Visarjan and Muharram coincided, Maharashtra would not have been able to conduct them in a smooth manner," she said. Ms Banerjee said a lot of foreign tourists came to Bengal to witness the grand festival. Durga Puja has now become a 10-day festival. So many artistes toil tirelessly for months on end to create such beautiful pieces of art. Durga Pujo generates huge employment opportunities. "This year the Bishorjon Carnival was a huge success. Several crores of people watched it from across the world online. I have been flooded with congratulatory comments on social media. This year 70 clubs participated; next year we will include 10 more clubs," she said. "I appeal to you all to exercise caution during Kali Pujo. Do follow the fire safety norms. Do not let your celebration become a cause of concern for someone else. My advance wishes for Chhat and Jagadhatri Pujo. The festive season has just begun and will continue till Gangasagar Mela in January," Ms Banerjee added.UNI BM AKM

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