The 192nd Bhadrotsav was celebrated on 6th Bhadra, 1427 (23rd August, 2020) was organized by Sadharan Brahmo Samaj.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic situation, the entire programme was recorded in video format and uploaded to the Sadharan Brahmo Samaj YouTube channel and the link was circulated in various WhatsApp groups.
The divine service was conducted by Shri Asim Ahmed and hymns were rendered by Shri Supratim Chakrabarty, Shri Koushik De, Smt. Tania Ghosh, Smt. Elora Chakrabarty, Smt. Mousumi Chatterjee, Smt. Ritasree Bhattacharya, Smt. Tamali Bose and Smt. Madhulika Ghosh.
Umphan Relief Work
On 20th May, 2020 super cyclone storm Umphan devasted the large part of coastal West Bengal. After this catastrophic disaster Sadharan Brahmo Samaj decided to organize relief work to Sundarban area. The relief was organized through Brahmo Samaj Relief Mission sub-committee under the leadership of Smt. Samita Das. It was decided that relief will be distributed in three phases. Aurobindo Seva Kendra extended their support in the fist phase of relief distribution.
On 15th July, 2020 first phase relief distribution was organized at Chandipur (Sundarban area). Samita Das, Biswajit Roy, Surajit Das, Sourav Chatterjee, Madhulika Ghosh, Raka Burman from Brahmo Samaj and Debjani Das, Ajay Jana, Dilip Halder, Amit Halder from Aurobindo Seva Kendra volunteered relief distribution work at Chandipur. Packets containing Flattened rice (Chira), Jaggery (Gur), Powder Milk, Biscuit, Salt, Soyabean chunks, turmeric powder (haldi), soap & sanitary napkin were distributed to 460 families. Members of a local club also assisted the relief team to complete the distribution work faster.
Second and Third phase of relief work was organized on the same day, 19th August, 2020 in two different places of Sundarban area, one in Masjidbati a small village and another in Chandipur. Dhoti, Saree, rice, pulses (dal), soyabean chunks and sanitary napkins were distributed to 50 families in Masjidbati village and rice, pulses (dal), soyabean chunks were distributed to 450 families in Chandipur. Relief team consisted of the following members: Samita Das, Sourav Chatterjee, Soumi Chatterjee (daughter of Sourav Chatterjee), Biswajit Roy, Madhulika Ghosh, Manoj Pathak and Malay Halder.
Others who assisted in packing and other logistic support includes all the staffs of Sadharan Brahmo Samaj, inmates of Brahmo Samaj Mahila Bhavan, Dr. Ketaki Goswami, Shri Aniruddha Rakshit and Shri Premomoy Das.
Relief work for Covid-19 situation
Brahmo Samaj had always helped the needy in the past. In view to combat Covid-19 pandemic a few likeminded fellow Brahmo friends along with some alumni of Brahmo Balika Shikshalaya had arranged funds to distribute groceries not only to the guardians of students of Brahmo Boys School but also to some Brahmo families, our extended families like teaching and nonteaching staffs of Brahmo Boys’ School, nonteaching staffs of Brahmo Balika Shikshalaya, Brahmo Sammilan Samaj, Bharatborshio Brohmo Mandir and Sadharan Brahmo Samaj for consecutive six months from 7th May 2020 to October 2020. Groceries and other essential items were distributed to approximately 60 families every month.
Sudip Kumar Bose, eldest son of late Suhas Chandra Bose & late Renuka Bose, expired on 3rd September, 2020.
The Adya Sraddha ceremony of late Sudip Kumar Bose was held on 13th September, 2020 morning at his residence at 7, Brindaban Bose Lane, Hatibagan, Kolkata – 6. Shri Supratim Chakrabarty conducted the divine service as also read out from the scriptures, hymns were rendered by Shri Tirthankar Bose. A short life-sketch of late Sudip Kumar Bose was read out by his youngest son Shri Sanjoy Kumar Bose. An obituary, which was sent by Shri Sugata Ghosh, nephew of the deceased from Hazaribagh, was read out at the ceremony.
On 26th October 2020 and 31st October 2020, Pratima Mandal and Dr. Jagadish Chandra Mandal, the couple expired on respective days at their residence at Palta. Dr. Mandal retired as Director General from Meteorological Department. He was sent to America and Australia to read out his papers and was awarded there for his papers. He was also in the Governing Body of Education Society. His wife was a retired teacher and a good home maker. They were survived by three daughters, son-in-laws, grandsons and granddaughter. The Adya Sradhya was observed on 4th November, 2020 and divine service was conducted by Smt. Kalyanmoyee Chattopadhyay and hymns were sung by Dr. Sanghita Biswas, Smt. Sanchita Malakar. Dr. Mandal’s brothers Shri Pushan Kanti Mandal and Shri Mihir Kanti Mandal paid homage to the departed souls. At the end of the occasion lunch was served cordially.
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