For a long time, we'd been planning to have an awareness programme under the NGRBP (National Ganga River Basin Project).
I broached the concept last year, in July or so. I'd meant to catch the festival season to put in a message to the public. It was to continue till the Book Fair event ie Oct-Jan.
Then came the red tapes, the unceasing queries, how-do we-know-the-money wont-go-waste doubts. We called clear expression of interest, got presentations evaluated by a Committee, introduced checks and balances (photos, involvement of municipalities, video documentaries, official report etc). But these to-and-fro communications took their time. Finally, we started the campaign in April-May and today in culminated in a finale in Millennium Park. I felt contended to see the concept-to-reality unfold in real life.
We walked in the morning. Minister Firhad Hakim walked with us from Princep Street to Millennium Park along with Chunar De, Khalil Ahmed, Saidul Islam and others. In the afternoon, there were elocution contest, quiz, drama, dance drama and Bangla Band - all based on the Save Ganga Theme. Municipalities of Uttaprpara and Khardaha brought bus-loads of people to receive prizes from the Minister. Spectators were given calenders, mobile covers etc with the Save Ganga logo. Here is a picture that I took in the morning: the boat was travelling with us on the river, in pace with our procession.
Here is the logo for Rabindra Tirtha designed by Suvaprasanna: