On the 12th of August 2017, Wales Puja Committee launched a film and book on the Heritage of Durga Puja Festival and Clay Image Making in Wales, to preserve the organisation’s 43 year old heritage and to document them for the benefit of posterity. The event took place at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.
It has been well over a year since Wales Puja Committee started the project on the heritage of Durga Puja festival and clay image making in Wales. The project elaborates on the 43 years of Durga Puja heritage in South Wales and clay image making. This venture has been funded by the Cronfa Dreftadaeth y Loteri – Cymru / Heritage Lottery Fund – Wales and also been supported by 8 other partner organisations. Wales Puja Committee is the first organisation in South Wales to have brought artists from India to sculpt their last three sets of clay idols here in Wales.
Amidst dignitaries and members, the film was launched by the current Chairperson Dr. Sandip Raha. Honourable members, Mrs Jharna Majumdar and Dr. Satya Kishore Sharma launched the book. Mr Neeleem Saha, the event officer and the lead coordinator of the project extended his gratitude to all the dignitaries and guests, on behalf of Wales Puja Committee and was congratulated on the success of the project.
The project has been a huge success and both the film and the book were greatly appreciated. The launch of the film and the book brought us to the grand finale of the project.
We are delighted at how beautifully the project turned out. We share with you a few memories from the launch day as well as the cover page of the book and the foreword as provided by the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, acknowledging the contribution of the Indian diaspora to the social, economic and cultural life of Wales.
The free electronic version of the book and the film will soon be available online for all.