‘Rosogolla Day’ Will Soon Be a Thing in West Bengal
The West Bengal government has decided to observe ‘Rosogolla Day’ on November 14, to commemorate the first anniversary of the state’s famous sweet getting Geographical Indication tag as ‘Bengal’s Rosogolla’.
Different varieties of rosogollas will be showcased in the stalls of the ‘Mishti Hub'. Mishti Hub is set up in Kolkata’s Eco Park in New Town.
The ‘Mishti hub’, opened on July 5 this year, is a one of a kind place where renowned sweet makers, including some of the traditional ones, share roof.
On November 14 last year, West Bengal had received the GI tag for Bengal’s Rosogolla. The GI tag is a sign that identifies a product as originating from a particular place.
The Origin Story
The battle between Odisha and West Bengal on the origins of the Rosogulla visibly intensified in 2015 when Odisha’s science and technology minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi told the media that various committees set up to trace the origin of this sweet pointed to allegedly conclusive evidence that rasgulla has existed in the state for about 600 years.
The West Bengal government claimed rosogolla was invented by Nabin Chandra Das, a famous sweetmeat-maker, in 1868.
Odisha said extensive research done by them proved that ‘rasagolla’ originated in Puri. It was first incorporated as ‘kheer mohana’, and later evolved into ‘pahala rasagolla’.
This debate over the rosogolla is not merely about Oria and Bengali sentiments. It can also mean an increase in business for vendors in both Odisha and West Bengal.
I thank CM Mamata Banerjee for her proactive role. She asked her officers to get in touch with us in 2015 when Odisha tried to get the GI registration in their favour. The government took all related documents and information from us to authenticate the claim that Nabin Chandra Das was indeed the inventor of rosogolla.Dhiman Das, Director, KC Das
The expense for this prolonged battle between Odisha and West Bengal has been borne by the state governments, said Das.