BISWA BANGLA SHARAD SAMMAN 2020
Bengal as we all know, is a beautiful land of diversified and rich cultural heritage & traditions. The State Government under the able leadership of Mamata Banerjee gives due recognition to every religion, as a result of which, each religion is able to uphold its true flavour through innumerable local practices and festivals throughtout the State. And it is with the inspiration of the Hon'ble Chief Minister that Durga Puja the festival of Bengal has emerged as a different festival since the year 2013, when the Information and Cultural Affairs Department, Government of West Bengal had introduced the Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman Awards to motivate,acknowledge and duly recognise the best puja(s) and their creators in urban and rural Bengal. Since Durga Puja is one of the most popular festivals signifying the indigenous cultural identity of our State along with the Navratri celebrations in the entire country, the State Government has come forward to showcase our State by presenting the Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman to add to the grandeur of the festival not only in West Bengal and India but also throughout the world, thereby enhancing the true identity of Bengal in a universal concept. The world is not complete with Bengal and her bounty of celebrations,it is Bengal who leads the whole world in bringing hearts closer and Biswa Bangla thus holds people together under a single roof of grand festival like the Durga Puja.
The Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman propounds the idea of encouraging creativity and aesthetics; ensures mass participation of the people of the State and abroad in one of the greatest festivals of the world. The awards under the Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman are a true reflection of how creativity, tradition, people's longing for collective celebration get together and achieve the true color and spirit of the human race.Over the years,the award has showcased, boosted and reached to the hundreds of our traditional craftsman all over the State and helped uphold them at the international level.
This year too,is not an exception. Even in the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic, when the world is under a deep crisis and is yet to recover from its formidable clutches, the Government of West Bengal is all determined and set to stage the Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman ceremony to pay due homage to people's holy spirit and utmost faith in their own grassroot culture, maintaining all the necessary health protocol of the Covid situation.