Dear Members and Friends
It gives me great pleasure once again to welcome you to Sanaton Association's 2017 Durga Puja and Diwali Celebration.
As you all know, Durga Puja is always a special time of year for our community. But in 2016, when we proudly celebrated our 34th annual Durga Puja, the occasion was perhaps even more remarkable. Our Durga Puja had been selected by the Govt. of West Bengal, Information and Cultural Affairs Department, as one of the "Best Puja Outside of India".
The award was conferred on 8th November 2016 at a prestigious venue, Nazrul Mancha, Kolkata at a special event organised by Govt. of West Bengal, named "Biswa Bang/a Sharad Shamman 2016 ". Ms Mamata Banerjee, Hon'ble Chief Minister of West Bengal graced the occasion. She handed over a cheque for Fifty thousand rupees and a trophy and thanked me for attending this occasion to make it a grand success. She also expressed her gratitude to Sanaton Association.
This is the most decorated feather in our cap so far. Most importantly though, we must remember that this success is possible only due to the strong determination and cohesive team work of our devoted trustees and members. My heartiest congratulations and gratitude to everyone, who are the stakeholders of this grand success story.
Building on our success - you may recollect that in my last year's Message I did mention that we are in advanced discussions towards acquiring our own permanent premises. One year later, I can confirm that we have achieved our goal and bought a permanent place for our community. You will be hearing more on that in the near future.
Finally, I would like to thank our team of Trustees for their support and counsel. Together with the executive team, we look forward to continuing to drive our work in the coming year. I wish you and your families "Shuvo Vl}aya"