Sarathi News

2016

National Print Media

The Hindu, 30 September 2016
Sarathi Socio Cultural Trust

The Pujo will be held at Mangala Kalyana Mantapa, 6th Block. Sudipto Das, general secretary of Sarathi Socio Cultural Trust says:

"This is the 14th year of the Pujo. The cultural programme is spread across five days from October 6 to 10 known as Sammad.

On October 6, there will be contemporary and retro music by the band Kohal. On October 7, the Pujo will be inaugurated by Panduranga Setty, Chairman of RV Groups of Institutions. On October 8, there will be a cultural evening by Sa Re Ga Ma artistes. On October 9, there will be a performance by Anwesha and a Bollywood theme based song-n-dance show: Jhankar Beats. And on October 10, there will be surprise event featuring a Bollywood attraction. "Apart from that we'll be having various competitive events for the youth like Bandimonium - a band competition, Antakshari , Boogey Woogey etc. in the afternoons from October 8 to 10,” adds Sudipto.
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/welcoming-the-goddess/article9164696.ece


2015

National Print Media

The Times of India (Bangalore), 14 October 2015
Where are the best Durga Pujas in south Bengaluru?

SARATHI SOCIO CULTURAL TRUST, Venue: Koramangala 8th Block Mangala Kalyana Mantapa Budget: `50 lakh The venue's theme is Bibidher Majhe Milan Mohan, which means `unity in diversity'. Though there will be Bengali music, Bengali food and Bengali books, the focus is on making it an inclusive event.

Panchami: Performance by Dohaar Sashthi: Performance by Shohor Saptami: Performance by Ujjaini Mukherjee Ashtami: Bengali songs by Rupankar Nabami: Performance by singer Ash King, inhouse programme During the day , there will be various events like Bandemonium (battle of the bands), a choir performance, antakshari, a dance competition, a recitation and a drawing competition for youngsters. Get ready to gorge on bhog from Saptami to Nabami.
http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31806&articlexml=Where-are-the-best-Durga-Pujas-in-south-14102015108027

The Hindu, 13 October 2015
A taste of Bengal

This association is known for its vibrant celebrations at Mangala Kalyana Mantapa, on 80 Ft Road, Koramangala. The five-day extravaganza is called Sammad with the theme for this year being Bibidher ajhe milan mohan, which means unity in diversity.

Cultural programs, organised by this association includes Ash King (Bollywood singer), events like antakshari, recitation and drawing competitions to encourage the youth. For food, one can look forward to the Bengali fish fry, mishti doi or even some Chinese and Mughlai cuisine with pizzas and rolls. Sudipto Das, a member of this trust says, "We don’t believe in Bengali culture in isolation. We consider the essence of India, celebrating the same, with a touch of Bengal.”
http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/a-taste-of-bengal/article7757454.ece

The Economic Times, 19 October 2015
How Navratri celebrations are bringing different communities together in Bengaluru

As Sudipto Das, cultural secretary, Sarathi Socio Cultural Trust, Kormangala, put it: "Our theme is 'Bibidher Majhe Milan', that is 'Unity in Diversity'.The various cultural programmes will celebrate the essence of India, rather than just Bengali culture. We are calling it an Indian cultural extravaganza."
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/how-navratri-celebrations-are-bringing-different-communities-together-in-bengaluru/articleshow/49447880.cms

The Hindu, 20 October 2015
Hues of festivity

Sudipto Das, a member of Sarathi Socio-Cultural Society says, "We want to be inclusive and celebrate Durga Puja as an Indian festival. For our cultural programmes we have Bangla folk music, rock music and Bollywood singer Ash King.”
http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/hues-of-festivity/article7784471.ece


2013

National Print Media

Deccan Chronicle, 02 October 2013
Sarathi Kali Puja at Koramangala

"The purohit has to fast but it is up to other people whether they want to fast or not. It’s just that if you do not fast then you cannot offer the pushpanjali. We don’t hold any animal sacrifices but we do offer an ash gourd as a sacrifice,” said Mita Pal, an organiser of the Sarathi Kali Puja at Koramangala.
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/131102/lifestyle-offbeat/article/undying-%E2%80%98kali%E2%80%99bre

Other major pandals in city:

The Times Of India, 06 October 2013
Charity in the time of feasting

Sarathi Socio-cultural Trust: Mangala Kalyana Mantapa, 80 Ft Road,Koramangala,8th Block(near Aangan restaurant)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Charity-in-the-time-of-feasting/articleshow/23600393.cms

Deccan Herald, 11 October 2013
Soak up the ambience

In Koramangala, the pandal by Sarathi Cultural Association is more contemporary in terms of the crowd and the stalls. With many popular restaurants putting up their stalls here, visitors can feast their tastebuds with Hyderabadi biryani, fish fry and rice or even cutlets and rolls.
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/362538/soak-up-ambience.html


2012

National Print Media

The New Indian Express, 12 November 2012
Chant 'Ma Kali' this Diwali

"Earlier all the Bengalis of this city had to travel all the way to Ulsoor for Kali puja. So, we decided to conduct a puja in Koramangala itself. We formed an association, 'Sarathi Socio Cultural Trust' and started celebrating Kali puja besides the usual Durga puja,” said Sudipto Das, member of Sarathi socio-cultural Trust of Koramangala. Nowadays, even the non-bengalis have joined in this celebration. Says Saurav Mathur,, a resident of Sarjapur road, "I was associated with a group which used to organise Durga puja. Since then, I have been heavily influenced with all these pujas.”
http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bangalore/article1337049.ece?service=print

The New Indian Express, 12 November 2012
Chant 'Ma Kali' this Diwali

Sarathi Cultural Association, near Ganesh Temple, 80 Ft Road, Koramangala
http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bangalore/article1337049.ece?service=print

The Hindu, 17 October 2012
Bengalis get ready for Durga Puja

Durgotsav 2012, which would be celebrated by the Sarathi Socio Cultural Trust at Mangala Kalyana Mantapa, is one of the major events. One of the organisers said there are various fun-filled activities lined up, some of which include performances by Bengali pop artistes and bands along with a homemade food fiesta.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/bengalis-get-ready-for-durga-puja/article4003256.ece

The Times Of India, 18 October 2012
Durga Puja 2012: Bangalore's 4 lakh Bengalis all set for the festivity

Sarathi Socio-Cultural Trust is organizing its 10th edition of the Puja. The 5-day cultural extravaganza, called Sammad, will be held at Mangala Kalyana Mantapa, 8th Block, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala. "We encourage all people, irrespective of community, to participate in the Puja," said Sudipto Das, a member of Sarathi.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Durga-Puja-2012-Bangalores-4-lakh-Bengalis-all-set-for-the-festivity/articleshow/16857987.cms

Deccan Herald, 15 October 2010
A melange of festivities

"We would be bringing the original old idol of Durga during the puja this year. We have been distributing free bhog everyday and will have a lot of cultural programmes during the festival,” says Alok Basu, the chairman of the Sarathi Socio-Cultural Trust in Koramangala.
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/105024/F


2011

National Print Media

Deccan Herald, Bangalore; Sep 29, 2011

"One of the oldest celebrations in the City happens in Koramangala and is conducted by Sarathi Socio-Cultural Trust. Says Sudipto Das, the secretary of the trust, "We would be bringing the most original old idol of Durga during the puja this year. We have been distributing free bhog everyday and will have a lot of cultural programmes during the festival.”
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/194299/many-facets-fest.html


2010

National Print Media

Bangalore Mirror, Bangalore; Oct 10, 2010
Cultural festivals

"Sarathi Socio Cultural Trust is trying to bring a new age feel to the puja, by arranging a rock competition for college students during the five days of celebrations that begin from Oct 12, in Koramangala 7th Block, near the police station. Arunangshu Chaudhury, executive member of the trust, said, "The idea is to reach out to youngsters and inculcate in them an interest in cultural festivals. We have also included a number of jazzy and peppy numbers in our programmes.”

"The trust has also decided to use this occasion as a platform to display local talent. Chaudhury said, "Mornings and the first hour of the evening session have been earmarked for local groups.” Pandal hoppers can enjoy performances by singer Neel Dutta, rock band Krosswindz, actorsProsenjit and Nandana Sen, playback singer Raghab and the Bangalore band Aurko. There will be food items from fish to biryani.
http://www.bangaloremirror.com/article/10/2010101020101010005831791b470f1a0/Durga-Puja-set-to-rock.html

Bangalore Mirror; Oct 10, 2010
Cultural festivals

Psychedelic lights, smoke, metallic hues, ear-blasting music and loads of head banging. Add a dazzling pandal, an idol of Goddess Durga, oil lamps, the sound of the conch shell and you have the new age Durga Puja celebrations.

Socio Cultural Trust is trying to bring a new age feel to the puja, by arranging a rock competition for college students during the five days of celebrations that begin from Oct 12, in Koramangala 7th Block, near the police station. Arunangshu Chaudhury, executive member of the trust, said, "The idea is to reach out to youngsters and inculcate in them an interest in cultural festivals. We have also included a number of jazzy and peppy numbers in our programmes.”

The trust has also decided to use this occasion as a platform to display local talent. Chaudhury said, "Mornings and the first hour of the evening session have been earmarked for local groups.” Pandal hoppers can enjoy performances by singer Neel Dutta, rock band Krosswindz, actors Prosenjit and Nandana Sen, playback singer Raghab and the Bangalore band Aurko. There will be food items from fish to biryani.
http://www.bangaloremirror.com/article/10/2010101020101010005831791b470f1a0/Durga-Puja-set-to-rock.html


2009

National Print Media

The Times of India, Bangalore; May 9, 2009

"Sarathi socio-cultural trust will celebrate Rabindra Jayanti on Saturday to commemorate Rabindranath Tagore’s 149th birth anniversary, at Ranga Mandir open-air theatre, National Games Village campus, Koramangala, from 7.30 pm. 9886067137; www.sarathionline.org
http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Scripting/

The Telegraph, Sep 27, 2009
Lakshmi smile on Durga Puja - Hint of revival from crisis in bangalore festivities

"If (the) IT (sector) as such doesn’t pick up, it’s very tough for events to happen in Bangalore,” said Sudipto Das, who handles cultural events at the Sarathi Socio-Cultural Trust, which organises the Puja at Koramangala, a locality home to many IT firms and professionals. "Finance is tough this year also,” said Das, adding that the number of small sponsors "has reduced a lot”. The Koramangala puja, which sees at least 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh visitors over the four days, will spend around Rs 18-19 lakh as against Rs 22 lakh last year in an attempt to optimise costs, he said.
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090927/jsp/nation/story_11547193.jsp


2008

National Print Media

The Times of India, Bangalore; October 10, 2008
Farewell to Goddess Durga

"Sudipto [Das], member of Sarathi Socio Cultural Trust, Koramangala, said the idol of Goddess Durga was immersed in the morning though the cultural shows were not yet over. For one more time, the evening was again filled with dance and music shows and a gala dinner. "
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/3578776.cms

Bangalore Mirror, Bangalore; October 7, 2008
Krosswindz

"On Sunday evening (Shoshti), the crowd at Koramangala swayed to Krosswindz, a Kolkata-based band. This band was the first to be featured in Calcutta University Journal as a band on its own right. Saptami (Monday) witnessed an upbeat tune with Bangalore-based Bangla bands Backbenchers and MO2 playing at R T Nagar and Koramangala, respectively. While the former kept the mood up at Sarathi Koramangala, Mo2 will be enthralling the audience at Ulsoor today."
http://www.bangaloremirror.com/index.aspx?contentid=20081007004319454c12ff6bd

The Times of India, Bangalore; October 6, 2008
Fervour marks Maha Shasthi

"Sarathi Socio Cultural Trust in Koramangala too had an unexpected crowd of almost 10,000 persons at Mangal Kalyan Mantapa. The programme started with ‘Rupasi Bangla’, a performance by children. That was followed by Bengali folk songs and a Rabindra Sangeet performance by several association members. Krosswindz, one of the oldest Bangla rock bands, known for contemporary folk music, performed at the end. A huge number of college students attended. Police commissioner Shankar Bidari inaugurated the programme. "
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/3564335.cms

The Telegraph, Calcutta; October 5, 2008
The Bangalore connection

"For Arnob Roy, head of engineering telecom equipment company Tejas Networks, Bangalore was the place to be in for his career. Moving to the IT city in 1995, he quickly integrated into its professional and cultural life — with one exception. He still pined for home at that time of the year when the dhaaks beat out their insistent rhythm and the smell of egg rolls is redolent in the air."

"UB is spending close to ? 4 lakhs on funding these events, says Alok Basu, a UB group VP, closely associated with the Koramangala Puja. "These Pujas are a meeting ground for young people, many from the IT, banking and other sectors, who form the cream of Bangalore. That’s why UB gets involved in a major way,” says Basu."
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1081005/jsp/graphiti/story_9927223.jsp

The Sunday Times of India, Bangalore; October 5, 2008
Navaratri traditions of many communities on show

"The Koramangala Sarathi puja will have rock bands Krosswindz and MO2 performing on Sunday and Monday. Boogie Boogie, a dance competition and fashion show, will be held on Tuesday, and an antakshari competition will be organized on Wednesday."
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/3561454.cms

The Times of India, Bangalore; October 1, 2008
Fervour marks start of 9 nights of festivities

"Sarathi’s Durga Puja attracts over 1 lakh people over five days. The Bengali celebrations, in a bid to attract people from other communities, will include fashion shows, band competition, salsa, Bollywood events and the like. Popular bands like Krosswindz from Kolkata will perform."
http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Repository/ml.asp?Ref=VE9JQkcvMjAwOC8xMC8wMSNBcjAwMjAx

Deccan Herald, Bangalore; October 8, 2008
Cultural activities

"...many residential areas like Indiranagar and Koramangala have smaller homelier gatherings, where entire families help with the arrangements which include supervising the pandal, offering the puja, serving of the Bhog or the midday meal and coordinating the evenings’ cultural activities. Bhog is served after the puja to all who visit the pandal."
http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/Oct82008/metro-wed2008100794063.asp

The Telegraph, Calcutta; July 26, 2008
A trip down bomb-planted pavements

"Both Madiwala and Adugodi are near Koramangala, home of the IT revolution. It’s one of the most cosmopolitan areas of Bangalore — if you were living there, you could have the likes of Ashok Soota (Mindtree chairman), athlete Ashwini Nachappa, artist S.G. Vasudev or, years ago, Nandan Nilekani of Infosys as neighbours. It’s also where a grand Durga puja is celebrated every year."
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080726/jsp/nation/story_9603278.jsp