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  • Pandal 2012
  • Entrance 2012
  • Pandal inner Decoration 2012
  • Maa Durga With Her Family 2012
  • Maa Durga 2012
  • The Dragon Maa Durga Temple 2012
  • Ambience 2012
  • Art 2012
  • Maa Durga Pratima 2011
  • Pandal Outer Decoration 2011
  • Pandal Inner Decoration 2011
  • Rajasthani Architecture -  2011
  • Pandal Decoration 2010
  • Pandal Innar Decoration 2010
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Puja Type :   BAROARI
South Kolkata
Year of initiation  1947  
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Tridhara Sammilani means the conjecture of the three streams as in the practical way the meeting of three roads Rashbehari Avenue, Monoher Pukur Road, and Mahanirban Road. But as the inner meaning goes it is the unique merging of the thoughts of the three generations-The seniors, the present and the Future Youth. It is also the fusion ground of Tradition, Culture and Social Activity.

The club was founded in the year 1947, being the year of significance as it was the year of Independence. At the very onset of the club there were about fifteen to twenty members and the Durga Puja then was done in a very homely and quite manner. As the years went by then seniors handed over the management of the club to their next generation who are now present seniors of ours. Along with the Durga Puja Tridhara started a Free Medical Unit in the year 1986 and this unit is still running successfully from the Club premises which was built in the year 1985,for the past 24 years serving the poor and underprivileged patients. Our club gradually grew in size and repute and presently we have 200+members and this year it is proudly touching the 64th year mark.

As we look back we see the Durga Puja being the festival of not only the Hindus but the involvement of each person living in and around, irrespective of caste creed and religion. In those days the women and children had these four days of celebration as their window to the outer world. Bijoya sammilani was celebrated in a grandeur manner honouring eminent personalities with the Tridhara Samman like –pdt. Gulam Ali, Shiv kumar Sharma, Pdt. Hariprasad Chourasia, Pdt.Halim Zafarr Khan, Manna De, Sri Dijen Mukhopadhay, Sri Subinoy Ray, Smt. Suchitra Mitra, Subir Sen, Rama Mandal, Ajoy Chakraborty etc. Their musical concerts and vocal magic filled the hearts of the masses year after year. Since the last four years the Durga Puja has gone up to a larger level and the name Tridhara Sammilani has become well known among the Pandal hoppers.

Tridhara sammilani consists of three wings-The general Wing, the ladies Wing, and the Youth Wing. Each month the members meet and discuss about the various activities and an agenda is created. Responsibility is given judging the individual talent. The ladies wing members celebrate each others birthdays monthwise as because in our society the women are often ignored or forgotten. On all the four day Puja mornings we give Anjali together and a community lunch is organized where each member with their family and also the local residents are invited.

During the evenings of the Durga Puja festival small plays, skits, dance drama, recitation, singing and dancing are performed by the ladies and children of our locality. Cultural Programs relating to the current Puja theme by the traditional artists also takes place each evening which attracts a lot of crowd.

Sindur Khela is one of the integral parts of the Dashami when Maa Durga is bid farewell as she returns to her husband Shiv’s abode at kailash. All the ladies of our club and the local area participate in this ritual.

Tridhara has become more of A home out of home than only a club to each of its members and also the local residents and the Durga Puja along with other festivals like the Lakshmi Puja, Saraswati puja, Holi, Kali puja, Dewali, New Year, birthday of Sri Sri Ramkrishna and Sarada Maa.

Tridhara Sammilani has thus become an integral part and parcel of our lives and we do not feel like going anywhere and miss out all the fun and activity all the year round.


2012 Theme : A Thought 2012 ( World Peace )
  This year our thought and endeavor is taking us to the land where there is no war, no anger, terror, disturbance of turmoil. We hereby plan to take you to the land of peace and tranquility along with our artist of National repute Sri. GourangaKuila and hence came up with the concept of recreating the thoughts of Buddha.
The word comes from budhi, to awaken. It goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or way of life. It is a philosophy because it means love of wisdom’ and can be summed up as: To lead amoral life, to be mindful and aware of thoughts and actions, and to develop wisdom and understanding.
It explains a purpose to life, it explains apparent injustice and inequality around the world and it provides a code of practice or way of life that leads to true happiness.
     Art Director / Theme Artist :  Sri. Gouranga Kuila
     Pratima :  
     Pandal  :  
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2011 Theme : Rajasthan
  Tridhara Sammilani celebrates their 65years of jubliation and festivity of the Durgatsav this year. Since the time they have embarked upon this journey of sanctification they have rendered towards the welfare and betterment of the society. Tridhara Sammilani's this years endeavors comprises of the 'Rajputana- abode of the Rajputs' theme. The exotic land of Rajasthan is prfoundly rich in history and culture. Rajasthan was home to the Rajputs, the martial races of India known equally for their love of arts and architecture as well as valor and chivalry.The architectural memoirs, effervescent colours, stunning handicrafts, glittering gems, throbbings towns, wildlife sanctuaries, cattle fairs, pulsating festivities and touching hospitality more or less sums up the traditional and way of life and the royalty of Rajasthan. Everything is breathtakingly beautiful and fascinating here from the sand dunes, desert safari, forts and palaces, the colourful tribal life or the fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. This year they have kept the complete essence and ambience of Rajasthan. The durga puja pandal is being made as the replica of the exotic palace and fort which exudes a regal flavour. They will be organising several cultural programmes where the exclusive musicians and performers from Rajasthan are making way to this South Calcutta puja during the five day sojourn solemnization. They will be puting up an exclusive exhibition consisting of the beautiful handicrafts of Rajasthan like the exquisite Rajasthani textiles like Bandhani, potteries, beautiful sculptures and statues, Rajasthan Quilts, Carpets & Durries, etc.
     Art Director / Theme Artist :  
     Pratima :  Bablu Banik
     Pandal  :  Bablu Banik (Artist & Decorators)
     Lighting :  Dipansu Saha


2010 Theme : Ekaihang Bahushyam Projajeyo - I am One and I will become Many
  Tridhara Sammilani's this year's thought is an unique experience of the One and only Brahmo.
We all know that Parama Brahmo is an universal truth. It is self evolved and complete by its own self. It is undisturbed, static and unchanging whilst swifter than mind. It initiates creation and its presence is felt in each and every being of this universe. According to the inscriptions of the Upanishad, there are two contradictory sides to Brahmo. One is its Swamp way and the other is the Tathastha way.
To fulfill the needs of creation it makes a promise or Brahmo Sankalpa as Ekaihang Bahuslryam Projajeyo meaning I am One and I will become Many. No creation is possible without the unision of the Purush and Nan shakti. This initiated the innovation of the right hand portion of the Parameshwar as the Purush or Anadi and the left hand portion as the Prakriti or Maya. This Prakriti is of exquisite beauty and extreme power. Purush and Prakriti then started meditating and water came out of their bodies and Khirod Sagar was created. They then slept in this water body for many years and thus came to be known as Narayan and Narayani. [Nar meaning water and Ayan meaning sleeping.] At this moment of time there was nothing except the Purush and the Prakriti. Then gradually from this Abyakto Prakriti Mahatatwo was created. This Mahatatwo was empowered by the Trigunas such as the Satya, Rojo and Tama. From Mahatatwo came Ahankar, from Ahankar came Panchatanmantra, from Panchatanmantra came Panchabhut, and from Panchabhut came Panchagyanandriya and Panchakarmendriya. Narayan then got enlightened by all these tatwas and went to sleep on the Anantasalil of the Khirod Sagar.
Brahmo integrated itself from the emissions of the Hiranyagarbha and got established as the Brahma. Brahma then created the self mutating, egg laying and the birth giving beings from the different parts of its mind and body. Maha Saraswati or Brahmani became the female manifestation of Brahma and expressed itself as the perfect idol of Satya Gunn. Hiranyagarbha or the Brahmanda then divided itself into two - the Space and the Earth. This was how the Earth, Space and Water got created.
To maintain these creations Brahmo recreated itself as Vishnu. Maha Lakshmi became the female manifestation of Vishnu and expressed itself as the perfect idol of Rojo Gunn.
Whenever there is creation there has to be destruction, so Brahmo again re-establishes itself as the Maheshwar. Mahakali thus became the female manifestation of Maheshwar and expressed itself as the perfect idol of Tama Gunn.
     Art Director / Theme Artist :  
     Pratima :  
     Pandal  :  Dipak Ghosh (Artist)
     Lighting :  


2009 Theme : Land of Gods-Nepal
  Tridhara Sanmmilani’s this year thought and endevour takes us to the Northern border of India where we venture into the Himalayan country of NEPAL. The word Ne means sacred place and Pal means wool, so the place where wool was required in plentiful was called Nepal. But some say that Nepal derived its name from an ancient tribe called Nebar who lived in the plains of Kathmandu during those times.
Hnduism and Buddhism peacefully co-exists in this country with all its traditional and cultural glory. On one hand we get to see the Buddhist temples like the golden Hiranyabarna Mahavihar and the prayer Wheels with the Buddhist mantra Om Mani Padme Hun inscripted on them and on the other hand we see the Sayambhunath, the Pashupatinath, the siddhi Lakshmi, the kaal Bhairab, the Ganesha, and Buraneelkantha.
Nepal is generally divided into three states-the Kantipur or Kathmandu,Lalitpur or patan and Bhadgaon or Bhaktapur.In the 13th Century the Malla Dynasty kings ruled Nepal for 300 years and this period is considered as the Golden Era of Nepal, due to its rich culture, architectural and traditional heritage.
The Nebari form of Artistry came into being at this period comprising of Red Bricks and Sal Wood carvings and inlays. Raja Bhupatindranath Malla was an artist himself and a window made of wooden carvings is a perfect example of his talent.
The Darbar Square of Bhaktapur is one of the most famous display of the Nebari form of art. Here we get to see the different forms of Chandi and also animal forms like the Narasimha carved out of wood.
Another important work of art is the Peacock Window about which lots of write-ups are found in books about Nepal. The Raja himself is seen sitting on a Lotus pedestal right in front of the Darbar Square looking at it with awe and wonder.
The famous Nepalese deity the Teleju Bhavani (Our Goddess Durga) is worshipped here in teh Tantra form. This deity has Four Heads, one of which is the central main head of the Goddess and the other three depicting the three Dimensions, as portrayed by the original maker of the idol.
The 15 days long celebration during this puja is called the Dassain festival. It is one of the National Festivals of Nepal. At the very onset of the festival seeds of the Maize crop are planted in the soil and this gradually germinates as the festival days go by.
Weapons like Swords and Guns are worshipped as the living manifestation of the Taleju Bhavani. Various forms of Dance like the Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Dashavatar dance and songs like Mal siri are performed by the Nepalese people wearing colourful clothes and masks.
Nepal as a whole is an unique heavenly experience to each of us, and this serene and beautiful country thus is rightfully called The land of the Gods.
     Art Director / Theme Artist :  
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2008 Theme : Padmanabhapuram Palace
  Padmanabhapuram Palace is India's only palace made completely of wood. It is located at Padmanabhapuram Fort, close to town of ThuckaSay in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, It is about 20 Km from Nagercoil and 55 Km from Thruvananthapuram, Kerala. Although. The palace is now in the state of Tamil Nadu, yet it is preserved and maintained by Kerala Archaeology Department.
The Palace was constructed around 1601 A.D. by IravipiSSal Iravivaram Kuiasekhara Perumal who ruled Travancorc (now Tiruvananthapuram) between 1592 A.D. and 1609 A.D.
The Padmanabhapuram Palace complex consists of several structures, viz,
Mantrasala (King's Council Chamber), Thai Kottaram (Mother's Palace), Nataksala (The Hall of Performance), Thekee Kottaram (The Southern Palace).
Of these, we are presenting here the Mantrasala (King's Council Chamber) as our Puja Mondop, where in we will worship THURKADEVI (regional name of our Durga Maa) of Anil Migu Thurkadevi Hindu Society of Burnaby of Greater Vancouver Area. Mr. Dipak Ghosh, one of the renowned artists of Kolkata, has shouldered this vast responsibility of creating the total ambience with his golden associates and the Durga idol will he. Made by Mr. Bablu Banik. On all four days of the Puja we have organised various programmes on South Indian Dance and Music.
In the Saptasadhi Chandi, Sri Sri Chandika is said to be the one and the same as the Maha Saraswati, the Maha Lakshmi and the Mahakali, and all of them together expresses their power as the Mahishasura Mardini Durga The idol of Devi Durga that we get to see today with Lakshmi and Ganesha on the right and Saraswati and Kartikeyo on the left is the deity that we commonly worship in Bengal.
The Devi is encircled by the Ashta Shakti and they are - Ugrachanda, Prochanda, Chandogra, Chandanayika, Chanda, Chandaboti, Chandarupa and Atichandika.
     Art Director / Theme Artist :  
     Pratima :  Bablu Banik
     Pandal  :  Dipak Ghosh (Artist)
     Lighting :  Kanishka Sen


2007 Theme : Bishnupur
  This year the theme was Bishnupur where a beautiful Mandir of Bishnupur Gharana was created. The beautiful art form of terracotta style of art and finish. The devotee got the opportunity to go back to the golden period of bidhnupur art and style of work, and to make rember this art gharana which is now in a declining stage.
The idol of maa durga was made by subol pal of krishupur ghara and had a marble rock Finish. The mandir was recreated in the exact form of the good time of Bishnupur Gharana.
     Art Director / Theme Artist :  
     Pratima :  Subol Pal (krishnapur Gharana)
     Pandal  :  
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2006 Theme : Zaminder bari
  In this year tridhara wanted to display durga puja in a zaminder bari. The house has made its presence felt due to gandeur size and also shows signs of age and time. Some of its section shows the burn of time. The puja as ususal is happening on the dalal and the womens are watching the arati from the varanda of the house circling all around the dalan.
The idol has a complete touch of shabeki form by pradip rudra pal. The gimple of the puja of a zaminder family took the devotees in the time of old Kolkata.
Chou dance from purulia and bihu dance from assam were also part of the celebration of durga puja.
     Art Director / Theme Artist :  
     Pratima :  Pradip Rudra Pal
     Pandal  :  
     Lighting :  




Year Awards  
2011    Sera Kuri 
  Awarded by Exide International   
2011    Serader Sera Nirmal Puja 3rd 
  Awarded by Department of Environment Govt. of West Bengal   
2011    Sorbo Sreshto Puja 
  Awarded by Srishti Sarad Samman   
2011    Sera Pratima 
  Awarded by Lion’s Club International   
2011    Serar Sera 
  Awarded by Srobn   
2011  Star Ananda Superstar Puja  Superstar Puja 
  Awarded by Star Ananda   
2011    Sera Mandap 
  Awarded by News Times   
2010  Lions Sharod Samman 2010  Sorbo Shrestho Puja 
  Awarded by Lion's Club   
2010  Kolkata Municipal Corporation Kolkata Sree Award 2010  Best Idol 
  Awarded by Kolkata Municipal Corporation   
2009  Kolkata TV  Nabaratna-1st Prize 
  Awarded by Kolkata TV   
2009  ICORE Sharod Samman  Sera Dosh-Participant 
  Awarded by ICORE   
2009  Exide  Sarod Samman-3rd 
  Awarded by Exide   
2009  Star Ananda  Hall of Fame- 1st 
  Awarded by Star Ananda   
2009  Shalimar Paints  Dhaki-2nd 
  Awarded by Shalimar Paints   
2009  West Bengal Environment Department  Sarod Samman-2nd 
  Awarded by West Bengal Environment Department   
2009  Shraban  Sarod Samman-1st 
  Awarded by Shraban   
2009  IIDR  Serader Sera-1st 
  Awarded by IIDR   
2009  Red Festival Awards  Sera 15-Participant 
  Awarded by    
2009  24 Ghanta  Best Image-1st 
  Awarded by 24 Ghanta   
2009  CESC - Telegraph True Spirit  Five Star Puja-1st 
  Awarded by CESC,The Telegraph   
2009  Lion’s Club Sharod Samman  Best Image-1st 
  Awarded by Lions Club   
2008  Lion’s Club Sharod Samman  Sreshtotamo Pujo 2008 (Sarad Samman)-1st 
  Awarded by Lions Club   
2008  CESC - Telegraph True Spirit Model Puja  1st Award 
  Awarded by CESC,The Telegraph   
2008  Gee Pee & 24 Ghanta  SeraProtima-1st 
  Awarded by Gee Pee, 24 Ghanta   
2008  Home TV - Sharad Samman  Shreshto Puja (Sarad Samman)-1st 
  Awarded by Home TV   
2008  UCO Bank & The Times of India  Sera Protima-1st 
  Awarded by UCO Bank, The Times of India   
2008  Big 92.7 FM  Para Number One-1st 
  Awarded by Big 92.7 FM   
2008  Department of Environment Govt. of West Bengal  Serader Sera Nirmal Pujo Puroskar 2008-2nd 
  Awarded by Department of Environment Govt. of West Bengal   
2008  Shalimar Paints - Rotary Club  Sarod Shikriti 2008-3rd 
  Awarded by Shalimar Paints, Rotary Club   
2008  Aircel - Kolkata TV  Saptarathir Maharathi 
  Awarded by Aircel, Kolkata TV   
2008  Rad-Chrmould-Y2K Red Festival Award 2008  Sera Ponero 
  Awarded by Rad, Chrmould, Y2K   
2008  Exide International - NE Bangla  Kolkatar Sera 10, Sera 20 
  Awarded by Exide International, NE Bangla   
2008  Nokia Express Music  Bajiye Dhak Lagao Tak-Participant 
  Awarded by Nokia   
2008  Srobon  Sera Theme (Sarad Samman)-1st 
  Awarded by Srobon   




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