‘Where there is a will, there is a way’ - Essex Indians implement this simple quote in each and every event to maintain the roots and values especially in the generation next.
They celebrated a very successful Saraswati pujo event at the Shenfield parish hall on 10th February. Incidentally the date and time matched with the ritualistic timing of the pujo with India this year.
Dr Dipankar Mukhopadhyay, Chairman of Essex Indians was the main priest assisted by Sanjib Ghoshal. He meticulously hostedthe pujo with articulate pronunciation of the Sanskrit ‘mantras’ and the explanation in English, so that everyone can get involved in the ‘pushpanjali’ and pujo proceedings. The pujo team consisted of Sayantini, Nandini, Keya and Ria. This year ‘PalashPhul’(a particular flower) came staight from Kolkata, which is a signature offering to Maa Saraswati.
The pujo was followed by an excellent ‘bhog’ (meal) cooked by Essex Indians members and then a quality educational and cultural concert.
Dr Arpita Ray, cultural secretary of the group coordinated the function along with a very efficient anchoring by Sanjana representing the generation next.
Shrey, Chyansh and Rajat started the function with a vivid descriptive Sanskrit presentation followed by elocutions by Shuvam and Shivam and song by Solan and Anmona.
Arya presented a western-eastern fusion with Bob Dylan tribute, Tarana and Bhajan. Molly and Dev’s singing and the new Essex Indians band Gaaner Gnuto with Chandrima, Shreyasi, Sanjib and Mainak mesmerised everyone.
Dancing sensations Roopkatha, Tista, Vaibabhi, Sudipta, Chandrima, Chelleinder, Harman. Eamon, Nandini, Chitra, Malini and Ahana left a lasting impression in the hearts of the audience.
Dr Anirban Mandal, General secretary of EI thanked everyone for gracing the event and making it a big success and invited all to attend EI international language day on 2nd March at Mawney Hall, Romford and Holi on 30th March at Brentwood Bishop’s Hall.