OAKVILLE: ‘Durgotsav 2019’, one of the largest such gatherings for Durga Puja festivities in the GTA will be led for October 12 and 13 at the St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre- a multi-purpose, located in a picturesque, twenty-five acre parkland setting in Oakville, Ontario.
The gala event, held under the auspices of Bongo Parivar Sociocultural Association, is expected to attract around 4000 people over the two days of religious rituals and cultural programs. The rituals will be presided over by Priest Samir Bannerjee.
The ‘Black Durga’ sculpture for ‘Durgotsav 2019’ has been created in fibreglass by renowned Indian artist Subhamita Dinda.
Amitava Chakraborty, President of Bongo Parivar told the Voice that this would be the 5th anniversary of the celebrations “which began in in 2015 with seven families keen on preserving Bengali heritage and customs for our young generations.”
The event grew in size over the years and is today one of the much-anticipated events in the Indo-Canadian community calendar with people gathering from all across Ontario in Oakville.
“There will be traditional programs including children’s performances, concerts by local artists and by award-winning singers from India, including Champion of Zee TV and Bangla Golden Voice Parnava Bannerjee. Programs begin at 10:00, although the cultural events are scheduled from about 6:15 pm on both days.