A cultural programme in Kolkata will precede the prime minister’s 12 pm address, to be screened at polling booths in 294 Assembly constituencies
Delaying COVID-19 peak was important, says govt-appointed panel chief Prof M Vidyasagar as India bends curve
Staying the course would lead to a steady reduction in cases, while any departure in terms of slackening safety protocols would disturb this trend, the professor who chaired a panel of experts that worked on India’s COVID-19 “supermodel”, warns
Maharashtra caps prices of masks, Calcutta HC modifies Durga Puja order; COVID-19 tally at 76.50 lakh
The ministry said that 78 percent of the 54,044 new cases of COVID-19 registered in a span of 24 hours are concentrated in ten states and Union Territories
Calcutta HC partially eases 'no-entry' order on Durga puja pandals, to allow 60 organisers at a time
Maintaining that no visitors will not be allowed inside pandals, the court also said that dhakis (traditional drummers) will be allowed in a 'limited number', just outside the no-entry zone
Durga Puja in the time of COVID: Kolkata's sarbojanik pandals must keep out the faithful, for community's welfare
Durga Puja is not just a time of revelry, the climax of Kolkata’s cultural calendar. It’s also a huge economic high point.
Kolkata's Durga Puja organisers seek modifications in HC order barring entry for visitors to pandals
The organisers have asked the court to issue directions on how to conduct pushpanjali rituals as well as define small and big marquees as stated in its order
This will be the prime minister's seventh address to the nation since he announced a country-wide lockdown in March to curtail the spread of COVID-19
The pandals have also been told to set up barricades outside the pandals. For small pandals, the distance between its entry and the barricade has to be five metres, while for big pandals it has to be 10 metres
Navrarti 2020: Celebrations start tomorrow; date, time, colours and significance of the autumnal festival
Navratri is actually celebrated twice a year. Sharad or Sharadiya Navratri takes place between September and October while Chaitra Navratri falls between March and April
West Bengal govt announces norms to observe during Durga Puja celebrations; masks, sanitisers compulsory at pandals
Rituals such as pushpanjali, sindoor khela and distribution of prasad should be organised in small groups with spaced out timings, a notification said
The chief minister also announced a one time grant of Rs 2,000 for 75,000 hawkers of the state as they had faced a difficult time due to the lockdown
Putting the 'civil' back in civilisation: On loudspeakers, religious sentiments and the right to a peaceful night’s sleep
Twenty full years after rules regarding noise pollution were framed, they are observed almost entirely in the breach, by groups religious as well as secular.
My Kolkata in Kolkata: Local photography enthusiasts showcase the ethos of the city through their own lens
In an attempt to see the city through different lenses, Kolkata Centre for Creativity in association with the West Bengal Tourism Department invited photography enthusiasts to send in pictures that showcase the very ethos of the city with the theme ‘My Kolkata in Kolkata’.
Over the months of October to January, the streets of West Bengal’s towns and cities light up for a number of festive occasions — beginning with Durga Puja and Diwali, to the Jagadhatri Puja, Christmas, and then New Year’s. The dazzling illuminations seen in Bengal, especially Kolkata, owe much to a 60-year tradition, harking back to the world renowned light artist Sridhar Das
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar says he 'felt insulted' at Durga Puja carnival in Kolkata but remains mum on reason for humiliation
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said he felt insulted at the Durga Puja carnival in the city, however, did not mention the reason for feeling humiliated.
Durga Puja pandals become platform to highlight socio-political concerns, as Kolkata artists play with material and ideas
The platform of Durga Puja has been used to draw people's attention to pressing socio-political issues, besides recreating film sets, famous monuments, and real geographical locations.
Civic laws are flagrantly flouted in India when it comes to religious celebrations of all hues; what explains this?
Civic laws are no match for the thymotic urge — the urge for recognition — behind such celebrations, because it is the urge that powers Indian democracy and society.
'Nusrat Jahan defaming Islam': Muslim cleric from Darul Uloom Deoband slams TMC MP for attending Durga Puja celebrations
A prominent Muslim cleric on Monday slammed TMC Lok Sabha member Nusrat Jahan for attending Durga puja celebrations.
Azaan from 'secular' durga puja at Kolkata's Beliaghata sparks outrage on social media, lawyer files plaint
The organisers of a 'secular' durga puja at Beliaghata 33 pally in Kolkata sparked controversy after they reportedly played azaan at the pandal
Tripura Durga puja 2019: Theme-based marquees dominate 869 community pujas in Agartala, rural areas prefer traditional ones
Big-budget puja committees have themed their marquees on Uttarakhand's Badrinath Temple and Rajasthan's Seesh Mahal