Asian Paints Sharad Shamman

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Asian Paints Sharad Shamman
Asian Paints Sharad Shamman
Awarded for Excellence in artistic achievements
Country Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Presented by Asian Paints
First awarded October, 1985

Asian Paints Sharad Shamman (Bengali: এশিয়ান পেইন্টস শারদ সম্মান) is an excellence award given to the best decorated Durga Puja Pandal in Kolkata during the festival in October. Since its inception in 1985, Asian Paints Sharad Shamman has been heralded as the true achievement for excellence in decorating the abodes for Goddess Durga. As time has progressed there have been numerous awards being given by many other companies for creative excellence, but still Asian Paints Sharad Shamman is considered the most important award and the rightful judgement for excellence. It is a trend setter for all the later awards.[1]

About the Award[edit]

"Asian Paints Sharad Shamman" was started in 1985 as a means for awarding the best decorated puja pandal during Durga Puja in Kolkata. Sharad means "Autumn (as the festival takes place at that season) " and Shamman means "Award/Respect", and was sponsored by Asian Paints, hence the name Asian Paints Sharad Shamman. Out of about 3000 puja pandals in Kolkata, few get shortlisted and among them six are given the awards.[2][3][4]

Award Categories[edit]

Total six awards are given to six puja pandals. When Sharad Shamman started in 1985 only three awards were given to three Best Puja pandals. From 1994 a special award called "Discovery of the Year" was introduced to honour a completely unknown pandal for its excellence. This 4 categories were continued for the next six years. But in 2000 Asian Paints felt the awards were too similar, there was no demarcation to identify Best Decoration of the pandal or the Best looking Idol. Hence in 2000 two new categories were introduced - "Creative Excellence", which focussed on the Best decorated Pandal, and "Best Artisan", given to the artist of the Best looking Idol. At present these six categories represent Asian Paints Sharad Shamman. Some of the parameters for awarding the pandals include the overall beauty and grandeur of a pandal based on a chosen theme, the beauty of the Durga protima, how well the sanctum of the protima has been shown, and the finesse in the work done on the pandal.[5]

Best Puja (Shrestho Pujo)[edit]

years active (1985–present)

Natunpally Pradeep Sangha made the first hat-trick by wining APS for three years 2006, 2007 and 2008

New Alipore Suruchi Sangha which won Best Puja in 2003 and Creative Excellence in 2007

This award was the first award given when APSS started in 1985. Three puja pandals are selected based on everything, i.e., Decorative excellence, best looking idol, ambiance, lighting etc. No demarcations are there like winner, first runner-up: instead all three pujas are considered to be the Best Puja. Normally winners in these category used to be the well-known Pujas, but nowadays many unknown Pujas have cropped up with the technical excellence to bag this award. At present, Durga Pujas in Kolkata are more theme oriented. Some specific theme like Madhubani art or earthen cups or a place like Kerala, will be the base for the decoration. In 2001, "Bosepukur Sitalamandir" decorated its pandal completely of earthen cups and was so popular that it won the Best Puja award hands down. There have been many Pujas which has won this award many times. "Adi Ballygunge" leads the list with five wins. A puja, once been declared a winner in this list cannot be declared in the "Discovery of the Year" award though it can win "Creative Excellence" or "Best Artisan" award.

Among the asian paints sharad samman winners(see the above list "Most wins") LAKETOWN NATUNPALLY PRADEEP SANGHA is the first puja committee who had win the prestigious durga puja award(Best Puja or, Shrestho Pujo) for consecutive three years (2006, 2007 and 2008). In 2009 they were selected for the final round of this award and came really close to winning the prestigious award for the 4th time. This rare record was unbroken till 2013. In 2013 the record was broken by Kolkata's two famous puja committees naming "Suruchi Sangha" and "Naktala Udayan Sangha".

'Most notable "BEST PUJA" till date is the Nabodaya pallimangal Durgapuja 2000.It had been designed with the best international influence on this Bengali ritual by artist SAUMYA BANDYOPADHYAY till date.

Discovery of the Year (Bochorer Bismoy)[edit]

years active (1994–present)
Discovery of the Year was first introduced in 1994 as a means to introduce a previously unknown and undiscovered Puja Pandal. Many unknown Pujas have cropped up on this list which are extremely popular in Kolkata. Notable among them are Barisha Sahajatri, Karbagan, Shivmandir Sarbojanin etc. Laketown Netaji Sporting Club modeled their pandal totally on a village situated on a hill and won this award in 2003. It has also happened many times that a Puja Pandal has already been popular in Kolkata in the previous year, but wins the "Discovery" award next year. In that case logically that is not a "Discovery of the Year". A Puja, once winning this title, can't win it again. Rammohan Sammilani won the discovery of the year in 1994.

Creative Excellence (Nobbo Nakshi)[edit]

years active (2000–present)
Started in 2000, Creative Excellence or Nobbo Nakshi in Bengali, is given as a means to felicitate the pandal with the best decoration. Pandals which has won the "Best Puja" and the "Discovery of the Year" can also win this award. "Darpanarayan Tagore Street" decorated their pandal entirely out of cowdung, which won them the first "Creative Excellence" award in 2000. Puja clubs can win this award anytime irrespective of whether they are a previously unknown puja or a famous one. Judges look for the intricacies and the details woven into creating the concept truly, and depicting them with technical brilliance.

Best Artisan (Shrestho Protimashilpi)[edit]

Tala Barowari 2015 and 2016 Artisan of the year by Subrata Banerjee.

years active (2000–present)
Introduced in 2000, Best Artisan award is given to the maker of the Best Idol. Judges look for beauty, peace, strength, prowess in the idol and how good the idol can blend with the theme for the puja. Notable among the winners are Sanatan Dinda who has won 3 Best Artisan award, one for "Hatibagan Sarbojanin" in 2000 and two for "Nalin Sarkar Street" in 2004 and 2006, Shri Pradip Rudra Paul who won 2 awards for "Behala Adarshapally" and Shri Purnendu Dey who won two awards, one for "Chakraberia Sarbojanin" in 2007 and for "Barisha Club" in 2008. Behala Adarshapally won both the categories of Best Puja and Best Artisan in 2005.Tala Barowari Durgotsab had won Best Artisan back to back in 2014,2015 with Shri Subrata Banerjee.

Special Award(Bisesh Shamman)

the special jury award on overall excellence. [1][6]

The Award[edit]

The statuette given for Asian Paints Sharad Shamman looks like a conch shell. It is a small silver structure(previously gold) which is situated on a pedestal. This is enclosed in a glass box and handed over to the winners along with a cheque. Variations include for the statuette for "Creative Excellence" award. This includes a statue of an earthen pot with the traditional coconut and mango leaves on it. This is also made of silver.[7]

Asian Paints Logo and slogan[edit]

For Asian Paints Sharad Shamman, a logo of a young boy playing the dhak(drum) is shown. Also among the logos are a face of Maa Durga in monochrome line drawing, little kids playing with balloons etc.

The slogan for the award is "Shuddha suchi, sustha ruchi'r sera bachai" which means "The best from the artistically efficient and culturally significant", as described by the late poet Shri Subhash Mukhopadhay. From that point this has been the main slogan for the award.

Judges and judgement[edit]

The judges for the award are chosen from a who's who of the Begali Literati and include artists, art critics, writers, actors, politicians, models, singers, poets etc. Notable among those chosen over the years are artist Shuvaprasanna, actors Sabyasachi, Moon Moon Sen, magician P.C. Sorcar, vocalist Bratati etc. Puja pandals are requested to submit their application by the 3rd day of the Puja. The judges go around the town on the fifth and sixth day and visit all the different Puja pandals. On the seventh day 12 finalists are short-listed and their names are declared. Finally, on the evening of the eighth day, the winners in the different categories are declared and are handed over with their trophies.[8]

List of winners[edit]

The following is the list of winners for Asian Paints Sharad Shamman from the past 28 years.[9]

Year Best Puja Discovery of the Year Creative Excellence Best Artisan Emerging New Artist Special Award
1985 Jodhpur Park,
Adi Ballygunge,
Maddox Square
1986 College Square,
Adi Ballygunge,
Bagbazar Sarbojanin
1987 College Square,
Vivekananda Sporting Club,
Adi Ballugunge
1988 Beliaghata Sarir Sangathon,
Adi Ballygunge,
1989 Babubagan,
Shimla Byam Samiti
1990 Babubagan,
Falguni Sangha
1991 Kashi Bose Lane,
Bagbazar Sarbojanin,
Maddox Square
1992 Mudiali,
Yuba Brinda,
1993 Adi Ballygunge,
Yuba Brinda,
Kashi Bose Lane
1994 Nabapally,
Telengabagan Sarbojanin,
Rammohan Sammilani NA NA NA
1995 Telengabagan Sarbojanin,
Kumartuli Park,
Ballygunge 21 Pally NA NA NA
1996 Sovabazar Beniatola,
Ahiritola Sarbojanin,
Rammohan Sammilani
Kalighat Yuva Maitri NA NA NA
1997 Ahiritola
Chaltabagan Lohapatty,
Hatibagan Sarbojanin
Karbagan NA NA NA
1998 Karbagan,
Bosepukur Sitalamandir,
Laketown Adhibashibrindo
Barisha Sahajatri NA NA NA
1999 Sovabazar Beniatola,
Barisha Tapobon
Shivmandir Sarbojanin NA NA NA
2000 Behala Adarshapally,
Dum Dum Park Tarun Sangha,
Kankurgachi Nabadai Pally Mangal Samity
Pathuriaghata 5er Pally Karbagan Hatibagan Sarbojanin
Shri Sanatan Dinda
2001 Bosepukur Sitalamandir,
Laketown Adhibashibrindo,
Barisha Shrishti
Kankurgachi Youngster Darpanarayan Tagore Street Brindaban Matrimandir
Shri Upendranath Pal
2002 Darpanarayan Tagore Street,
Haridevpur Ajeya Sanghati,
Selimpur Pally
Barisha Shakti Sangha Shyamapally Shyama Sangha Chaltabagan Lohapatty
Shri Nepal Pal & Shri Gouranga Pal
2003 New Alipore Suruchi Sangha,
Haridevpur Ajeya Sanghati,
Nimtola Ghat Street Sarbojanin
Laketown Netaji Sporting Club Khidderpore Pally Sharadiya Behala Adarshapally
Shri Pradip Rudra Pal
2004[10] Barisha Shrishti,
Barisha Yubakbrindo,
Behala Club
Salt Lake BE Block East Pathuriaghata 5er Pally Nalin Sarkar Street
Shri Sanatan Dinda
2005[11] Behala Adarshapally
Shivmandir Sarbojanin
Behala Club
Swapnar Bagan Yubobrindo Naktala Udayan Sangha Behala Adarshapally
Shri Pradip Rudra Pal
2006[12] Haridevpur 41 Pally
Bosepukur Talbagan
Laketown Natunpally Pradip Sangha
Jawpur Bayam Samity Haridevpur Ajeya Sanghati Nalin Sarkar Street
Shri Sanatan Dinda
2007[13] Khidderpore 25 Pally
Pathuriaghata 5er Pally
Laketown Natunpally Pradip Sangha
Kankurgachi Mitali Sangha New Alipore Suruchi Sangha Chakraberia Sarbojanin
Shri Purnendu Dey
2008[14] Telengabagan Sarbojanin
Tangra Gholpara Sarbojanin
Laketown Natunpally Pradip Sangha
Santoshpur Lakepally
Hatibagan Nabinpally
Naktala Udayan Sangha Barisha Club
Shri Purnendu Dey
2009[15] Khidderpore Pally Sharadiya
Dum Dum Park Bharat Chakra
New Alipore Suruchi Sangha
LalaBagan Nabankur Sangha Rajdanga Nabodoi Sangha Santoshpur Lakepally
Shri Susanta Paul
2010 Barisha Club
Chakraberia Sarbojanin
Vivekananda Park
Mukul Sangha Badamtola Ashar Shangha Nalin Sarkar Street
Shri Sanatan Dinda
2011 Naktala Udayan Sangha
Suruchi Sangha
Nalin Sarkar Street
Naskarpur Sarbojanin Chakraberia Sarbojanin Naktala Udayan Sangh
Mr. Bhabatosh Sutar
2012 Naktala Udyan Sangha
Shivmandir Sarbojanin
Suruchi Sangha
Tridhara Sammilani Bandhusree Barisha Club
Shri Sanatan Dinda
2013 Naktala Udyan Sangha
Ultadanga Sangrami
Suruchi Sangha
Tala Barowari N/A Suruchi Sangha
Shri Naba Paul
Hindusthan Park Sarbojanin
Shri Arun Paul
2014 Behala Buroshibtala Janakalyan Sangha
Kankurgachhi Jubak Brinda Sarbojanin Durgotsab
Suruchi Sangha
Netaji Jatiya Sebadal N/A Abasar Sarbojanin Durgotsab
Shri Gouranga Kuila
Kalighat Nepal Bhattacharjee Street Club
Shri Kanchi Paul
2015 Selimpur Pally
Suruchi Sangha
Chetla Agrani
Behala Nutan Dal
Behala Friends
N/A Tala Barowari
"Subrata Banerjee"
2016 Behala Nutan Dal

Chetla Agrani Club

Naktala Udayan Sangha

66 Pally Club 

State Bank Park Sarbojanin Durgotsob

N/A Tala Barowari

"Subrata banerjee"

N/A Shibmandir Sarbojanin Durgotsab Samiti

Most wins:
The collective most wins are by the following Pujas:

  • New Alipore Suruchi Sangha(9)
  • Naktala Udayan Sangha(6)
  • Barisha Club(6) *
  • Adi Ballygunge(5)
  • Nalin Sarkar Street(4)
  • Mudiali(4)
  • Behala Adarshapally(4)
  • Shibmandir Sarbojanin Durgotsab Samiti (4)
  • Tala Barowari (3)
  • Chakraberia Sarbojanin (3)
  • Sunilnagar(3)
  • Telengabagan Sarbojanin(3)
  • Haridevpur Ajeya Sanghati(3)
  • Pathuriaghata 5er Pally(3)
  • Karbagan(3)
  • Laketown Natunpally Pradip Sangha(3)

Among the artisans Sanatan Dinda leads with five wins, one for Hatibagan Sarbojanin, another for Barisha Club and three for Nalin Sarkar Street.

  • Barisha Club's collective win is 6. This club is a merge of the former clubs Shrishti and Sahajatri. Sahajatri won 1 award in 1998 and Shrishti won 2 award in 2001 and 2004. Hence together with these awards and the award for 2008, 2010 and 2012, their collective win is 6.
  • Among the asian paints sharad samman winners(see the above list "Most wins") Laketown Natunpally Pradeep Sangha is the first puja committee who had win the prestigious durga puja award for consecutive three years (2006, 2007 and 2008). In 2009 they were selected for the final round of this award and came really close to winning the prestigious award for the 4th time. This rare record was unbroken till 2013. In 2013 the record was broken by Kolkata's two famous puja committees naming "Suruchi Sangha" and "Naktala Udayan Sangha".


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