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West Bengal Governor Presents ‘Durga Bharat Samman’ Awards

Hindustani classical vocalist and composer Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty has been conferred with the prestigious ‘Durga Bharat Samman’ by the Governor of West Bengal, C V Ananda Bose. The award, a testament to his remarkable contributions to the world of music, is a recognition of his invaluable role in preserving and promoting the rich heritage of Indian classical music. Bose also conferred the award, in its first edition, on the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for its recent successful ‘Chandrayaan’ mission, besides the Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE).

The ‘Durga Bharat Samman’ awards reflect a celebration of excellence across diverse domains, from the enchanting world of classical music to the heights of educational institutions, space exploration, and maritime engineering. These laurels not only acknowledge the exceptional contributions of the recipients but also serve as an inspiration for future generations to strive for excellence in their respective fields.


  • In a commendable move, Visva-Bharati, a renowned central university, was also honored with the ‘Durga Bharat Samman.’ The accolade acknowledges the institution’s unwavering commitment to providing quality education, research, and its role in nurturing future leaders and thinkers.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) added another feather to its cap by being acknowledged for its triumphant ‘Chandrayaan’ mission. The ‘Durga Bharat Samman’ recognizes ISRO’s remarkable achievements in space exploration and its commitment to advancing India’s capabilities in the field.
  • The Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) also received the ‘Durga Bharat Samman’ in this inaugural edition. This recognition celebrates their notable contributions to shipbuilding, engineering, and the defense sector, which have played a vital role in bolstering India’s maritime capabilities.

All four recipients of the ‘Durga Bharat Samman’ were not only honored with this prestigious award but were also presented with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each, a plaque, and a citation. These tokens of appreciation serve as a testament to their exceptional dedication, commitment, and achievements in their respective fields.

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