WB CM Mamata begins Durga Puja festivities by marking her debut as singer | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee began the Durga Puja festivities on Mahalaya by debuting as a singer in her latest album of special songs, titled ‘Utsaver Gaan’, released on Sunday.
She has not just sung a song ‘Dhak dumadum’, along with singer-turned-politician Indranil Sen and Aditi Munshi, but has also written the lyrics of all the songs and composed the music of the album.
The album comprises of eight Puja-special songs sung by the likes of Jit Ganguly, Sriradha and Monomoy, besides her Trinamool Congress party MLAs Babul Supriyo and Indranil.
Meanwhile Supriyo released a separate Puja-special album ‘Jai Ma Durga’, dedicating it to Banerjee on Mahalaya, which marks the beginning of the 10-day festival.

Album apart, Banerjee, otherwise also have been busy since Thursday as this year’s festival got a soft launch three days before Mahalaya with the chief minister inaugurating three Durga Pujas in north Kolkata – Tala Park Prattoy, Sreebhumi Sporting Club in Lake Town and FD Block Durga Puja in Salt Lake. From Mahalaya, September 25, the chief minister – who has been flooded with invitations from several hundred puja organisers – will go on a puja inauguration spree over the next week.

This year the biggest festival of Bengal is all the more special as it was been inscribed on Unesco’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity last December, catapulting Durga Puja to the global map.

Since Thursday, Unesco representatives, including Eric Falt, the Unesco cluster director, and envoys of several countries visited 22 big Durga Puja pandals in the Bengal capital, as part of an innovative exhibition-cum-preview show of major pandals in the city, organised in partnership with Unesco and the British Council.
The representatives of the Unesco checked out the intricate details and the efforts that go into giving shape to the idols and setting up the venues. The tour was a part of the Durga Puja Art preview, which is in the context of the honour, under which the organisers wanted the Unesco representatives to get a first-hand feel of what goes into making the festival.

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