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Durga Puja was celebrated by the Bengali Association of Greater Atlanta on October 15-17 at Shamrock Middle School in Decatur.
On Saturday, October 16, local talent performed a dance drama and play while the children also produced their own play, "Abak Jalpaan" by the famous writer Sukumar Ray. They were followed by the Bengali music legend, Haimanti Shukla, enchanted audiences with her magical voice and her selections from Pt. Harihar Shukla and Salil Chaudhuri to contemporary Bengali music.
On Sunday, the special attraction was the popular singer and heartthrob of the young, Rupankar Bagchi from Calcutta, who performed for the first time in Atlanta for his innumerable fans.
Durga Puja festivities reached its last day, Mahadashmi, on Sunday, October 17. This day is marked here with ‘Sindoor Khela’ and farewell to the goddess Durga . At the end of the puja, like every year, married women touch Ma Durga’s feet with vermilion to seek her blessings for the prosperity of their family. They also played with this vermilion by smearing one another with it.
As a final parting from Achintya Dey, the president of the organization, said, "We wish you all a happy Bijoya Dashami and will be waiting patiently for next year’s ‘Durga Puja’ to arrive once again."