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State government to give away Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman to overseas Pujas this year

The state government will give away ‘Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman’ to the best Durga Puja organisers across the globe. Along with the best pujas of Kolkata and Bengal, the overseas Puja organisers will also get the Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman-2016.

The categories – idol, pandal, theme, lighting, eco-friendly Puja, year’s invention, Puja atmosphere, artists, Dhakishree, Biswa Bangla Branding and the best of the best – will be the categories from which the best competitors will be chosen for the awards.

“Like every year, we have arranged the award programme this year as well. The best Pujas will be featured there. We’ll publish the result on our website on Mahashasthi. The participants will get their result by 7 pm on that day. The competitors from the districts will also get their results by Mahasaptami,” said Indranil Sen, minister of state, Information and Cultural Affairs department.

He also said that the prize money is not decided yet. But it will not decrease from the previous year. “We have 30-32 members who are in the judges’ panel. They will decide the best Pujas. We will not deliver the result in Mahashasthi for those Pujas in foreign soil. We need to take some time to declare the results for those Pujas,” the minister added.

The prizes will be distributed in next November. The website: will give detailed information to the participants.

Last year, 1,200 applications were submitted, among those 982 were submitted from Kolkata. 72 were submitted from foreign and 168 were submitted from all the metro cities in India.

The application forms can be downloaded from the website, but anybody can collect it from the third floor of Kolkata Information centre at Nandan. The distribution of the forms will started Saturday. The distribution of forms will conclude on September 28.

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