Jamshedpur, April 15: As always, New Year means new hopes and new ventures and people will be in their high spirits to celebrate the occasion. The Bengalis celebrated ‘Poila Baisakh’ – the Bengali New Year. A number of programmes were organised by different committees in the city.
The day started on a ritualistic note. Members of all Bengali families woke up before dawn to offer prayers to Goddess Durga for the well-being of one and all. “I prayed that I get selected in the medical entrance examination,” said Mouli Ghosh, a young girl who came for the cultural evening.
The cultural programmes included short plays, solo singing and dance performances. Like any other Indian festivals which are incomplete without its specific cuisine, a special fish curry was relished by members of the community.
A cultural event was organised at Sabuj Kalyan Sangh. Organisations Like Bengal Club and The Milanee have lined up cultural gala. The cultural programmes include short plays, solo singing and dance performances. Like any other Indian festivals, which are incomplete without its specific cuisine, special dishes relished by members of the community on the occasion. To add music to the celebration, Farm Area Durga Puja Committee, Kadma has roped in Bengali singers from Kolkata, who will perform at Kadma.
Several hotels like The Sonnet, Hotel Yashwee International, and The Boulevard Hotel are offering authentic Bengali cuisine from April 14 to April 16.
The Sonnet in Bistupur titled the food fest as Khati Bengali Mahabhoj as it promises to dole out a wide range of Bengali delicacies.
The main course will offer chingri malai curry, potoler dorma, mocha’r ghonto, bhapa bhetki, daak chicken , chholar dal, khichdi and misti pulao. Desserts will comprise misti doi, kamala bhog and payesh.
Anup Bera, food and beverages manager, The Sonnet said : “ This is special occasion for us. Bengalis are passionate about food. Not only Bengalis but other communities can come and enjoy this gala cuisine. We are ready for almost everything that a Bengali would love”.
At The Boulevard Hotel in Bistupur, the authentic Bengali platter comprises chingri malai curry, ilish paturi, kosha mangsho, dhokar dalna, mocha’r ghonto and desserts like kamala bhog, rosogolla and payesh.
“We have been maintaining the tradition for the last several years and we have seen that the Bengali food festival even for lesser days get a huge response. On the New Year’s day, there are families, who love to eat. That is the reason we give the delicacies so that food lovers and ladies can come and enjoy,” said an official.