Actor Politician Chiranjit Inaugurates NatyoUtsav Bengali Dramas at Houston Durgabari

Chiranjit Chakraborty (center) doing Puja with Family.

Chiranjit Chakraborty (center) doing Puja with Family.

HOUSTON: Eminent actor turned politician, an MLA (member of legislative assembly) of West Bengal in the eastern part of India heartland Chiranjit Chakraborty accompanied by his wife and daughter,  was the Chief Guest of Drama Festival at Houston Durgabari Sur Auditorium. Introduced by Mila Sengupta Houston Durgabari (HDBS) Vice President, Chakraborthy and Head Priest Dr. Bishnupada Goswami inaugurated the Drama Festival at 6:30 pm on  Friday, 24 May. This 3-day festival is one of Durgabari’s important fund raising events.

At the occasion of NatyoUtsav, dramas by directors of Houston, Seattle, and Laramie, Mila Sengupta, Sudip Bandopadhyay, and Mita Shome took the dias to start the event.

Chiranjit, amid the Ved-Path of Pandit Goswami, lit the lamp for the inauguration.

Chiranjit is also the actor – director of many hit Bengali films including movie Antarale opposite Munmun Sen.


Nancy Powell, US Ambassador to India.

“I am here as an emissary of Honourable Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamta Banerjee (famously called Didi)”, a joyous and excited Chakraborthy announced at the stage. Didi asked me “I want you”. That’s why I am here in the West Bengal and Indian Politics. He contributed a decent speech of Mamta Banerjee’s thoughts and values and contribution of Bengali Community to the Indian American value system.

He says all his speeches and contributions are attributed to Mamta Banerjee. The Head Priest of Durgabari, Dr. Bishnupada Goswami lauds Chakraborthy’s generosity and valued communication. Dr. Goswami said, “Mamtadi and Chiranjit have done very deep routed growth to the downtrodden and masses.” He recalls that the whole West Bengal considers Mamta-di a firebrand of poor, women, and elderly.

Dr. Goswami thanked  Chakraborthy for his gracious stoppage at Houston Durgabari and asked him to convey his message, respect, and blessings to Mamta-di.

Dr. Goswami told Chakraborthy that, on behalf of Bengali and Indian Resident of Houston, we would like to convey to Mamtadi that, you have successfully establish your manifesto of “Ma Mati Manush”.

Dr. Goswami elaborated that, “We congratulate you on your success in conquering hearts and minds of not only Bengalis from rural and urban areas of Bengal, but also the Bengalis around the world. We, the Bengalis of Houston, do support your earnest desire to bring transparency, remove bureaucracy, expose and eliminate falsehood of opposition parties for over three decades, who have succeeded in taking the state of Bengal almost to ruins.

Last May, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton had met Mamta Banerjee when the Trinamool Congress was celebrating a year in office. Very recently, US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell recognized and congratulated our firebrand leader from Bengal, during meeting in Writers’ Buildings. We, the people of India recognize when some outsider recognizes the leadership and development work.  This is exactly what happened when Powell’s envoy showered praise on Mamta Banerjee and Trinamool Congress for their constructive and creative work.

    Chief priest Dr. Bishnupada Goswami (of Houston Durgabari) has organized for mass prayer and offered special puja for the efforts to Maa Durga (in Houston Durga Bari) where well-wishers and supporters showed up. He performed a puja to Maa Durga for Mamtadi’s success and wishing her make a place in the history of India and Bengal.

Dr. Bishnupada Goswami, Head Priest of HDBS (previously chief priest at Chittaranjan Park Kali Bari, Delhi) has invigorated the Durga Temple, making it the largest Durga Temple outside India with such a stature. He invited Chiranjit along with Mamtadi to visit them.

He hoped that relentless effort to connect with people will progress and make Bengal the most desirable destination in South East Asia.