Sunday, October 21, 2007

Brisbane Bengali Durga Puja

Tonight I had the honour of taking part in the Bengali Society of Queensland (BSQ) Durga Puja Cultural Night. My Guru-ji of tabla is Bengali and so I have very warm feelings for that distinctive Bengali atmosphere. As well as musical and dance presentations, some children recited Bengali poetry. They were really cute, but unfortunately I couldn't get any good photos of them. Here are some photos that did come out:

The altar for Durga Puja
L to R: Ganesha's wife (a banana tree dressed in a sari), Ganesh-ji, Lakshmi, Durga, Saraswati, Karthik

Durga-maa
These statues were imported from India especially for the event. Must have cost a fortune!


Bengali boy playing violin - what tune? "Tijuana Taxi"

Kawaii ne!

Two more Bharat Natyam students of Brisbane teacher Chitra Yogi.

Rajyashree Josyer Shrikanth (electric veena) accompanied by Shen on tabla

Bengali ballads

The final group performance

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Shen,

Could you please let me know the exact venue in Brisbane where the Durga Puja was held. Also are you aware of any music schools in Brisbane teaching Indian music?

Shen said...

The Durga Puja was held at Stafford State School.
There are a few Indian music teachers in Brisbane - what do you want to study?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. I was interested in learning Classical Indian music (vocal). Are there any Music teachers close to City or UQ?

Shen said...

Well, there's Diwakar Mothay in Nundah...

Anonymous said...

Hi Shen,

Any idea where is the Durga Puja being held in Brisbane this year?

Shen said...

Well Anonymous,
According to Ram Choudhury (Bengali Society of Qld president):
"BSQ is celebrating Durgapuja on 4th and 5th October at Stafford State School. The cultural programme starts at 7 PM on 4/10."
Shen
aum mani padme hum

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot, Shen.

aditi said...

You can find excellent collection of Indian music of various genres (classical, regional, yoga& meditation, religous discourses) at www.imusti.com

Kasturi said...

Hi, I was wondering if I could get more information on a Bharata Natyam teacher in/near Brisbane??

Thank you,.

Shen said...

Kasturi,
There are a few Bharat Natyam teachers in Brisbane, but I don't have any contact details.
Try contacting the Tamil Assoc (http://tacwa-qld.org) or BEMAC (http://www.bemacpresents.org.au/)

Reetika said...

Hi Shen, gone through the photographs they are great. The artist the tablas, good to see there are tabla fans here in Brisbane.
I believe there is a Bengali Associations or club here in Brisbane,if you have their address please let me know.

Thanks and Cheers : Reetika :-)

Shen said...

Hi Reetika,
Bengali Society of Queensland's website is http://www.bsqonline.net/

Reetika said...

Thanks Shen :-)

Aniket said...

Hi Shen,
It is really amazing to write to a tabla player....dats really great !!
I was just thinking i heard there is a Durga Puja celebrations in Brisbane..can you tell me where is it held,and whether non memebers can also attend??
I am an exchange student in QUT university,Brisbane from Kolkata.My name is Aniket Sengupta.

Aniket.

Shen said...

Hi Aniket,
Try looking back through the comments on this post!
"Bengali Society of Queensland's website is http://www.bsqonline.net/"

Aniket said...

Thanks a lott !!!

Ipsita said...

Hi Shen,

Any idea where is the Durga Puja being held in Brisbane this year(2010)? I want the total schedule of the puja. Please tell me whom to contact.

Shen said...

Hi Ipsita,
I know there is a function on Sat Oct 16, but I don't know the full schedule. Indranil Bhattacharya is the current president of Bengali Society of Queensland.

Arvind said...

Hi Shen,

Seems that you are well informed on when and where the celebrations tend to happen.

I am very new to Brisbane and I really want to attend navratri (if there is any) or the final day celebrations.

Please let me know if you have any information.

Thank you and happy fasting to everybody.

Shen said...

Please contact Bengali Society of Queensland at bsq.qld@gmail.com for further information on this event.

Anonymous said...

This year, Durga Puja celebration is on --
15th, 16th & 17th October
at
Aspley State High School,
651 Zillmere Road,
Aspley, Qld 4034