Asche Bochor Abar Hobe

Another exhilarating Pujo celebration comes to an end here in Portland. As festivities still continue in India, a deep desire lingers on in all our minds “Could we not have a few days more?” Monta je aaro chai.

Never the less we need to rejoice on all the new additions that the Prabashi council have incorporated this year based on the feedback we received from our community. Thank you for all the compliments, feedback and requests.

The first change in a series of changes this year was the venue with a swanky pujo pandal that could have given Ekdalia or Shovabazar run for their money. Kudos team decoration for coming up with all that extra glitz and glamor.

A new structure was implemented to the cultural events this year as well. Both the days had a balanced mix of local talents and professional guest artists entertaining our community. For the first time in the history of Portland two guest artists; Fiddlers and the green & Shovan performed during Durga Pujo celebration. Be the soulful folk rendition from the Fiddler or the melodies sung by Shovan, PDX public
danced at it all. If rumors are to be believed our dances would have easily won the title for the “Best Bhasan Naach 2018.” Thank you to each and everyone, both participants and volunteers alike, in the cultural team for keeping our community entertained.

Dhaa’k and Kashor, are the next new addition to our celebration this year. PDX public was absolutely enthralled to have danced on the tunes of our very own Dhaa’kis.

Khawa Dawa an integral part of Durga Pujo celebration saw an upgrade as well. Not only did we continue with the traditional Khichuri Bhog but also added new menu to further enhance the whole Pujo experience for our food lovers. The caterers did a wonderful job of keeping all us well fed with their absolutely scrumptious food. Thank you, all the volunteers, for the delicious Misti Doi. Sotti no Bengali
celebration is complete without Misti Doi. The new location brought in the requirement food handler’s certification for all our servers. It was absolutely marvelous to see how our very enthusiastic servers got certification done with flying colors in
no time. Kudos guys!

Every year time and again we must stress that a celebration of this magnitude is not possible without the kind support of its volunteers. The veterans and newcomers both joined hands, working together in teams to make this pujo livelier, bigger and more organized than the last. Be it the volunteers of the deco team, Pujo set up team, prosad bitron team, food distribution team, front desk team, hospitability team,
marketing team or sponsorship team all worked with clockwork precision to complete their responsibilities with smiling faces. Thank you each and every one of you!

Finally, Prasbashi council works hard to accommodate as many requests as possible. We do understand there had been a request for the Pujo to continue on Sunday for the last few years. For the first time we had a Platinum Sponsor at our Pujo celebration. With the kind of enthusiasm and the participation displayed by our sponsors and volunteers this year, this may soon be a reality.


Heartfelt appreciation is owed to our very first Platinum sponsor Jassi Akkal ji of Oregon First. We highly encourage getting in touch with him for all your real estate needs. We are hopeful this is the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial collaboration between his group and the Prabashi community.

We would also like to thank our Gold, Silver and Friend of Prabashi sponsors:
Bill Terrill of Ameriprise Financial (Gold),
Hari and Anju Kataruka of A1RM Mortgage (Gold),
Indian Connection (Silver)
Uma Vittal of Tru Kreations (Friend),
Khyati Patel of Keller Williams Realty (Friend),
Seema Nema of Divine Touch Skin Care (Friend) and
Jolly di and Aziz da.

The Prabashi community sincerely thanks you for your continued support. Please click on their logos in this correspondence for contact info. Let's support our sponsors with our business and continue this association for a long time to come.

Enjoy some of the photographs from the event taken and graciously shared by the community.