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The Great Bengal Quiz that started in November last year across seven different locales of the state ended with a Grand Finale in January this year. The State Tourism Department in association with Kolkata Quiz Festival, organized the Great Bengal Quiz to bring in greater awareness about the state of Bengal. This initiative was not just a treasure trove for all participants, but also provided a knowledge bank that can be shared with the future generations.

In its second year, the Great Bengal Quiz was held at 7 different locations of the state in a bid to cover all the districts of West Bengal. The zonal qualification round was held on 16th December 2018 simultaneously across Siliguri (covering districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Coochbehar), Malda (including Uttar and Dakshin Dinajpur, Malda and Murshidabad), Bardhaman (covering districts of Birbhum, Paschim and Purba Bardhaman), Bankura (including Purulia, Bankura and Jhargram), Medinipur (covering Paschim Medinipur and Purba Medinipur), Panihati (including Nadia, Hooghly and North 24 Parganas) and Kolkata (including Howrah, Kolkata and South 24 Parganas). 

The quiz was a grand affair that in the initial stage included around 350 teams with 3 members in each team. The plethora of questions asked to each contesting team was also varied, covering art, architecture, culture, destinations and initiatives of the State Tourism Department. The Grand Finale was held on 10th January at Calcutta Rowing Club and there were cash prizes of 15k, 12k and 9k, as well as trophies for the winners, 1st and 2nd Runners Up teams. The Mega Finale had a whooping 21 teams competing. The enthusiasm was palpable and participants were from all walks of life including students. 

An added attraction was a day before the Grand Finale when the actors of Srijit Mukherjee’s movie Shah Jahan Regency participated in the quiz on stage.