Prabashi Darpan

It’s again that time of the year when we start getting excited about Durga Ma’s aagomon and our hearts start pumping with anticipation and joy. Durga Puja is Prabashi’s flagship event of the year and moreover this is the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Prabashi Portland!! As Portland dives into the festive mood, it’s time to start shining light on your creative self, the ‘Bengali’ in you. Our ‘PujaBarshiki’ Darpan is back and we are asking for your participation once again to journal our collective experience through your eyes.
Set free the Poet, the Story-teller, the Artist, the Photographer, the Chef, summed up into ‘the Bengali’ in you. Share your experiences and emotions with the community, and make this year’s Durga Puja even more memorable for the years to come. Our younger members are especially encouraged to send in their work, with parental consent of course. 

We are requesting submissions in the following categories:

  1. Poetry
  2. Stories
    • Parables (অণু গল্প )
    • Free prose (মুক্ত গদ্য )
    • Short (Preferably within 1000 words)
    • Long (Preferably within 3000 words)
  3. Travel diaries (within 1000 words)
  4. Memories and experiences – Preferably related to Durga puja or Portland/Oregon
  5. Sports and hobbies
  6. Food/Recipes with original photos
  7. Painting, Art, and Photography Categories are as follows:
    • Nature
    • Lifestyle
    • Cultural events (like any kind of puja celebration)
    • Streets
    • Artwork/Painting, preferably related to Durga Puja
    • Alpona (sketches / photographs of your creation)
    • Autumn – related to Durga Puja
  8. Miscellaneous – Crossword table, puzzles/riddles, Sudoku, Short Quizzes, Cartoons/Comic Strip
  9. Children’s special section (Age up to 14 years. Includes all categories mentioned in points 1-8)
  10. Movie or Book Reviews

Please ensure that the content of your submissions meets the following guidelines:

  • Be original and family friendly
  • Avoid controversial, discriminatory, political viewpoints
  • Limit to 3 submissions per person, with not more than 2 in one category
  • Text format: word/pdf, image format: jpeg/png

Please email your submissions to by Monday October 9th, 2023 with the following information

  • Name
  • Age ( if minor )
  • Category
  • Contact information

Let the magic begin!

Jai Ma Durga
Prabashi Council

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