BEN­GALI NEIGH­BOUR­HOODS IN THE CITY

HT Estates - - NEWS -

TIMARPUR

Timarpur started out as a pri­vate colony for govern­ment ser­vice em­ploy­ees. It was where Ben­galis em­ployed in the post and tele­graph de­part­ments, rail­ways and other govern­ment bod­ies moved to when the Cap­i­tal was shifted from Kolkata to Delhi in 1911. The old sec­re­tariat, viceroy’s of­fice (which is now the Delhi Univer­sity) were in the vicin­ity and hence this was a con­ve­nient place of res­i­dence for Ben­galis who were work­ing in the govern­ment sec­tor

it’s al­most like a rite of pas­sage. The Puja is all we talk about for most part of the year,” he adds.

The Timarpur and Civil Lines Puja Samiti is con­sid­ered the sec­ond old­est Durga Puja in Delhi and was set up

KAROL BAGH

Known for its pre­dom­i­nant south In­dian pop­u­la­tion and shop­ping op­tions, Karol Bagh also has a size­able Ben­gali pop­u­la­tion. Most of the Ben­galis who re­tired from govern­ment ser­vice while work­ing near Gole Mar­ket and Timarpur even­tu­ally set­tled in some pock­ets of Karol Bagh. The area is cen­trally lo­cated and well­con­nected to the rest of the city. Karol Bagh also hosts one of the old­est Durga Pu­jas in the city or­gan­ised by the Ben­gali com­mu­nity

of­fi­cially in 1913 by ‘probashi’ Ben­galis (ie, Ben­galis out­side West Ben­gal). Anand Sen­gupta, a cor­po­rate pro­fes­sional and VP of this Puja samiti, says, “The Puja was set up by Ben­galis who wanted to recre­ate mem­o­ries

CR PARK

Among the most pop­u­lar Ben­gali neigh­bour­hoods in the city, Chit­taran­jan Park, set up in the 1960s, was ear­lier called the East Pak­istan Dis­placed Per­sons (EPDP) colony. Con­sid­ered a melt­ing pot of Ben­gali cul­ture and cui­sine, the place has been named af­ter Chit­taran­jan Das, a pa­triot. Plots were al­lot­ted to mi­grants and refugees of the Par­ti­tion from east Ben­gal. The area is fa­mous for its food, tem­ples and its Durga puja pan­dals

of the fes­tiv­i­ties far away from their homes. It has turned into a so­cio-cul­tural re­li­gious event bring­ing peo­ple to­gether. This year, the Puja is cen­tred around t he t heme of Nari Shakti (woman power).”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.