Keeping the tradition alive every year, Parle Products Ltd organized ‘Saraswati Vandana’ in West Bengal during Saraswati Puja, and invited various schools to participate. A select panel of judges (actor Satinath Mukherjee, actress Srabonti Banerjee, music director Asoke Bhadra, actress Anindita Sarkar, lyricist Goutam Susmit, music director Chandan Roy Chowdhury painter Sushanta Paul, artist Rupchand Kundu, painter Bhabotosh Sutar and dancer Kashmira Samanta)visited all the participating schools and selected winners based on various aspects of the Puja, like creativity and originality, pandal décor, idol, crowd, ambiance, discipline, devotion, decoration, craft work and the overall appeal of the Puja.
Over 650 schools from cities like Kolkata, Howrah, Siliguri, Durgapur, Asansol, Kharaghpur, Midnapore, Serampore, Chinsura, Chandannagar, Baruipir, Belghoria, Madhyamgram, Barrackpore, Burdwan, Bolpur, Krishnanagar, Behrampur, Malda, Ranaghat, Raigunj and many more participated in this event.
The prize distribution ceremony was held recently at an event held at Nazrul Manch. The evening was brought alive by the mesmerising performances by leading Tollywood actresses Subhasree and Srabanti. Subhasree danced to the beats of ‘Mon Majhi Re’ from Boss, ‘Bum Chiki Chikni Chiki’ from Game and ‘Latai’ from Bachchan. Srabanti, performed on ‘Egiye de’ from Shudhu Tomari Jonyo, ‘Deewani Mastani’ from Bajirao Mastani, the title track of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and ‘Tukur Tukur’ from Dilwale. The esteemed guests for the evening were Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Alokananda Roy and others.
Ballygunge Govt. High School, Kolkata emerged as the winner this year, taking home the first prize worth Rupees Thirty Thousand. The second prize worth Rupees Fifteen Thousand each went to two schools Nabajatak Vidyabhaban for Girls, Kolkata and Krishnagar Collegiate School, Krishnagar. The competition also saw Midnapore Rehabilitation Centre for Children bagging a special prize, along with Malati Vidya Bhawan High School For Girls and Sree Bidya Niketan Girls’ High School for their exceptional performance.
Apart from the competition, several schools, their faculty and students were appreciated and felicitated with certificates and cash prizes for their contribution and participation.