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THE THEME “SHOBUJHER OBHIJAN”

THEME 2017 : BENGALI VERSION

“O the New, O my Fresh, Green Passionate new innocence....”

Shobuj as Tagore believed is the inherent innocence in a child - fresh, untarnished and green.

In his poem Shobujer Obhijan, Tagore urges society to let the infant minds flow free towards infinite knowledge sourced from their unending curiosity of ‘what’, ‘where’, ‘why’ and ‘how’. In present society, we have beautifully wound and bound our green minds into the shackles of institutionalised education. The intent of our endeavour, however, should be to set the unripe young mind free to wander instead of caging it and forcing it to learn already established facts.

People may begin to wonder, but how this a relevant theme for Durga puja? Well, it is so primarily because Maa Durga is the deity of strength, power and determination at the behest of even death. These elements have become needs of the hour. Also, the puja pandal is one place where all people come with their families. It is from the mndap that we can start a revolution in terms of humanism. What better forum would we find to spread our thoughts. The theme of Shobujer Obhijaan upholds the intrinsic value of innocence and humility- features of life that have become needs of the hour.

THEME ARCHIVE : 2017