Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Durga Puja in Bangalore

The name Sarathi is popularly associated with the most vibrant Durga Puja in Bangalore. We have been organizing various socio-cultural events in Koramangala, Bangalore for several years. Since 2004, we have been organizing the Durga Puja and Diwali celebrations at the Mangala Kalyana Mantapa, on 80 ft Road, near Forum Mall.
The 5-day cultural extravaganza during Durga Puja, called Sammad, has become an extremely popular and well attended cultural fiesta in Bangalore, featuring events for kids, students, corporates, homemakers - young and old. Both the in-house cultural programs, performed by members, and the glitzy professional events attract equal crowds and applause.
Sarathi Socio-Cultural Trust is an association of like minded, cosmopolitan, and enthusiastic people who have come together with a vision to create a forum for organizing and enjoying cultural functions centering around some major festivals.
It started with a group of nostalgic Bengalis who wanted to have a feel of Calcutta during the Durga Puja in Bangalore. Starting in 2003, the initial group was subsequently joined by a number of other people from various backgrounds and speaking different languages, but with a shared interest in art and culture.
Sarathi now has grown up to a big organization, and was registered as a trust few years ago. It is run professionally by its members, who have volunteered to take up the extra workload for the sake of some fun and entertainment for the innumerable people of Bangalore.
The main events of Sarathi are still the Durga Puja and Diwali celebrations. The five day long cultural program during Durga Puja has become very popular with the young IT crowd of Bangalore. The events are planned such that everyone has something to enjoy. All days are packed with fun-n-food-n-frolic. If you're not there, you're surely missing something!!

We would like to extend the invitation to each and every Bangalorean to participate in the celebrations. Do keep checking this site for details of the different events planned this year.

For more details refer to

Durga Puja & Sammad - Oct 5-9, 2008
Venue: Mangala Kalyan Mantapa, 80 ft Road, Koramangala 8th Block. [Opp Ganesha Temple, next to Aangan Restaurant.]

Event Highlights

Inauguration on 5th Oct at 7:30pm by Mr. Shankar Bidari, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Bangalore

Morning Sessions (11am onwards) - Kids' events

  • Boogie Boogie & Fashion Show - 7th Oct
  • Drawing Competition - 6th Oct
  • Afternoon Sessions (2pm onwards) - Youth Events
  • Antakshari - 8th Oct
  • Band Competition - 8th Oct

Evenings (7pm onwards) - In-house Programs

  • Dance Ballads: Ruposhi Bangla (5th) & Jhankar Beats (7th)
  • Contemporary Bands: Om (6th) & Kohal (8th)
  • Songs: Agomoni & Rabindrasangeet (5th) & Down Memory Lane (8th)

Late Evenings (9pm onwards) - Professional Events

  • Krosswindz: Prolific Bengali Rock by one of the leading Bands from Calcutta- 5th Oct
  • Kingfisher Nites: Popular Band MO2 (6th) and Salsa by Vijay Lourd (7th Oct)
  • Gunjan: Bollywood Masti - 8th Oct

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