In its eleventh year ‘Rhythm Dhaker Ladai 2014’, the battle of Dhakis organized by Cycle Pure Agarbattis concluded with much fanfare. State Bank Park Sarbojanin Durgostav, Thakurpukur Panchanantala emerged winner of “Rhythm Dhaker Ladai 2014”, while Suruchi Sangha and Barisha Club were adjudged the runners up. Rhythm Dhaker Ladai also recognized the best individual performers and dhaki Kalipada Das from Suruchi Sangha was awarded the ‘Badak Srestha’ title while Animesh Bayen from Barisha Club was named the ‘Sera Sangat’.
18 Puja pandals were selected out of 45 pandals for the semifinal round by the judges’ panel on Shasthi. In the semifinal round, on Saptami three judging units comprising eminent personalities like Shri Nondon Bagchi, Smt. Manashi Mukherjee and Smt. Chandrabali Rudra Dutta visited the nominated pandals to select the best six performing Dhaki groups for the Mega Final.
Among the finalists were State Bank Park Sarbojanin Durgotsav, Thakurpukur Panchanantala, Suruchi Sangha, Barisha Club, Dum Dum Park Tarun Sangha, Sanghathirtha & Tridhara Akalbodhan.
The final of this event was held on Maha Astamee and the final judging panel constituted of renowned Indian classical singer, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Tabla maestro, Pt. Mallar Ghosh and Subhen Chatterjee, who visited the six finalist pandals all day through and adjudged State Bank Park Sarbojanin Durgostav, Thakurpukur Panchanantala as the winner of “Rhythm Dhaker Ladai 2014”.
The names of the winners were declared on Maha Navami day. Apart from the ‘Rhythm Dhaker Ladai’, trophies for the Dhakis and Puja Committees, the winners were also presented with cash prizes.