Friday, 6 September 2013

Red Carpet of Kolkata Durga Puja 2013

There are literally thousands of Kolkata Durga Puja pandals but some stand out more than others, as a result of their enchanting decorations. Every year they contend to surpass each other with the most intricate and innovative themes. Durga Puja which is a principal festival during Navratri is celebrated with much gaiety and devotion in the city through public ceremonies. It is during this fine occasion, huge Pandals are erected at various places of the city for housing large idols of Maa Durga. The devotees turn up in large numbers to worship Goddess Durga. This year at over 550 places 'Maa Ka Darbar' would be set up at different places in the city.
Durga Puja festival marks the triumph of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival exemplifies the victory of Good over Evil. It is not only the biggest Hindu festival celebrated throughout the state, it is also the most significant socio-cultural event in Bengali Hindu society. The prominence of Durga Puja amplified gradually during the British Raj in Bengal. In the first quarter of the 20th century, the tradition of Baroyari or Community Puja was popularised due to this. In Bengal, Durga Puja is also known Akalbodhan, Sharadiya Pujo, Sharadotsav or Maha Pujo. Today's Puja, however, goes far beyond religion. The music, dancing, and art displayed and performed during the Durga puja played an integral part in connecting the community in Bengal, and eventually across India and the world today. Initially the Puja was organised by affluent families since they had the money to organise the festival. Pujas in Calcutta and elsewhere experiment with ground-breaking concepts every year. Communities have created prizes for Best Pandal, Best Puja, and other categories. Pandals and idols inspired by a particular theme have been the hallmark of many community or Sarbajanin Pujas in Kolkata since the 1990s. Puja committees decide on a particular theme, whose elements are incorporated into the pandal and the idols. The design and decoration is usually done by art and architecture students based in the city. The budget required for such theme-based pujas is often higher than traditional pujas. They attract crowds and are well received.
This year Durga Puja in Kolkata is ready to disseminate the much more creativity, decoration, added services, cultural messages and many more extravagant things among the populace. Geographical area of Durga Puja is basically categorized into North Kolkata, South Kolkata and Saltlake area. Some of the famous pujas of North Kolkata are Telengabagan, Sreebhumi, Kumartoli, Laketown Notun Polli Pradip Sangha, College Square, Chaltabagan, Sealdah Athletic Club, Santosh Mitra Sqaure etc. In South Kolkata, the famous are Mudiali, Kasba Bosepukur, Dhakuria Babubagan, Ekdalia Evergreen Club, Park Circus Athletic Club, Maddox Square etc. And in Saltlake, FD Block Durga Puja is the most popular among all. All the above mentioned venues will showcase their pandals and idols in a distinctive way.
Now we shall lob light on the themes of Durga Puja 2013 in a transitory manner and of course herein we will mention only few themes which are definitely pulsating in the minds of the people. This year Kankurgachi, Bagha Jatin Club will decorate Debi Durga with ancient arms of India and thereby the members are entrusted with the responsibility to collect those arms. And Naktala Udayan Sangha will create their goddess with various stones. Installation and fresco artist Jean-Xavier Renaud, who lives and works in Hauteville, France, will join forces with local artist Gopal Poddar to create the pandal and idol for the Pallimangal SamityDurga Puja on the ground adjoining EDF in south Kolkata's Jodhpur Park locality. , it is Alliance Francaise du Bengale that is driving this year's project. Alliance Francaise will fund the Rs. 40 lakhs project. The theme of the Pallimangal Samity puja is tentatively titled 'Cannes to Kolkata' celebrates the centenary year of Indian cinema. Three Pakistani artists Haidar Ali, Mumtaz Ahmed & Md. Iqbal will decorate the Hatibagan Nabinpalli pandal with their exclusive 'truck art' this Puja. Truck art is a Peshawari art form of Pakistan where stunning landscapes, colorful floral patterns, portraits of national heroes, famous actors of Pakistan and India, calligraphic poetry and religious stanzas are painted on trucks, which take goods from one city to another.                                                                Lake Town's Sree Bhumi Sporting Club is poised to explode this Durga Puja as revelers queue up to view the biggest-ever public exhibition of gold ornaments. The pandal will transform into an exhibition hall with gods and goddesses sporting jewellery worth Rs. 4 crores and these gold ornaments will be sponsored by Tanishq (Tata group). The puja pandal will also be golden, a replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda and stupa in Yangon.

Furthermore, we will come up with more stirring stuffs of Durga Puja 2013 in this blog. So we expect and wishing you all prosperous Durga Puja this year.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The Galaxy S III rumours continue to gather pace, ahead of the smartphone’s expected launch in London on May 3rd.
Samsung has just put up a new website,, which presents an anagram you have to solve. Of course, the answer is: “The Next Galaxy”, which is what the London press event invite previously mentioned.
Solving the anagram sends you through to a website where Samsung announces: “Join Samsung Mobile at Unpacked 2012, where the dawn of the next GALAXY will soon be revealed before the world.”
Clearly, then, the S III is almost upon us, so much so that Vodafone has gone ahead and confirmed that it will be stocking the super-phone.
The  network operator has put up simply says: “Your next Galaxy, coming to Vodafone”. There’s a button beneath you can click on to register for updates on exactly when the handset will be available (hopefully next month).
Samsung is still keeping tight-lipped about the phone’s spec, however. Rumours point to a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a large 4.7 inch super-AMOLED display, and a 12 megapixel camera, with Ice Cream Sandwich on board, obviously.
We guess we’ll find out the exact specification next Thursday, when the launch event kicks off. We’re thinking Samsung will want to be pushing out something special, to take the wind out of the sails of the iPhone 5, which will be launched this autumn.
Microsoft has announced paid storage options for SkyDrive, its cloud storage service, and also refreshed versions of SkyDrive apps.
It’s not all good news, though. SkyDrive freebie users are having their allowance cut, so if you join the service now, you only get 7Gb worth of storage as opposed to 25Gb previously.
Existing users (who have uploaded at least one file) can “opt in” to keep their 25Gb limit. All you have to do is sign in to your Windows Live account, and you’ll be presented with the option of a “free upgrade” back to 25Gb.
Microsoft reckons that only 0.06 per cent of SkyDrive customers use more than 7Gb of space, which is why the firm selected this as the limit.
SkyDrive representatives wrote in a blog post: “Since the current base of customers using SkyDrive tilts towards enthusiasts, we are confident that, as we expand the range of people using SkyDrive, this 7Gb free limit will prove to be more than enough for even more people.”
In terms of the paid storage tiers, you can add 20Gb for £6 per year, 50Gb for £16 per year, and 100Gb for £32 per year.
Microsoft has also launched new versions of its SkyDrive app for Windows Phone and iOS, bolstering management features and sharing options.
Furthermore, a new SkyDrive for Windows preview has been pushed out, compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and the Windows 8 consumer preview. It creates a SkyDrive folder on your PC, and that stays in sync with your storage account in real-time, so changes made via other devices are immediately registered.
HTC is reportedly developing its own processors in order to reduce company's dependence on third-party makers like Qualcomm, and NVIDIA. According to a report in China Times, HTC is currently working on a dedicated application processor for low-end devices that is scheduled to go in production next year. Currently in the phase of re-thinking its strategies, company has signed a memorandum of cooperation with ST-Ericsson for the chip development.
Seen by many as the mimicry of Apple and Samsung, both of which currently put their own application processors in their flagship devices, it will reduce company's reliance on Qualcomm. HTC currently uses Qualcomm chips in most of its devices and has recently itself opted for NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor for its One X smartphone. This move will also allow the Taiwanese manufacturer to better integrate software and hardware in its phones, thus giving a better user-experience.
The details of deal with ST-Ericsson are not clear at the moment, but we hope to hear something very soon.
GIDEON SUNDBACK, the inventor of the zip, is being celebrated today by Google - which has launched a new doodle, marking what would have been the Swedish-American's engineer's 132nd birthday. Today, the search engine features a giant zipper running down its homepage, unveiling pages relating to the revered inventor.
The idea of the zip had been discussed for 20 years before Sundback developed the fastening in its entirety in 1913. A patent was issued for the "separable fastener" four years later in 1917. It was first used to close boots and tobacco pouches, before the fashion world adopted it in the Thirties, replacing hook-and-eye fasteners.
Sundback died in 1954 of a heart condition. In 2006, he was honoured by being included in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in New York.