Durga puja is an autumn festival celebrated by Bengalis all over the world. In 1985, the residents of the Tri-State region of Southwestern Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana started jointly celebrating Durga Puja in this region. The 1985 and 1986 events were held in private homes in Kentucky and Indiana. In 1987, the event was held publicly in Dayton, where the name 'Tri-State Durga Puja’ was officially adopted and in 1990, it was held for the first time in Cincinnati.
The event serves as an annual meeting place for about 1000 people bound by emotion and nostalgia for the cultural traditions of the country of origin of their forefathers, and is a testament to the continuing cooperation and friendship between them.
We are excited to announce our special guests for the puja weekend. We will be graced by two of the most popular ZEE Bangla SAREGAMAPA champions, Shovan Ganguly and Somchhanda Bhattacharya! They and their band will be performing folk to fusion, oldies to Rabindra Sangeet, and are sure to put on an entertaining show. On Sunday Oct 8th, eminent singer Manomay Bhattacharya is going to perform. As a classically trained vocalist he excelled in almost every genres of traditional and modern Bengali music. Visit his website for more information on Manomay. As we prepare for the event, we are counting on enthusiastic involvement of everyone in the community from across our three member states.