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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Phalharini Kali Puja At Mayer Bari

Puja of Ma Sarada has been done on the day of Phalharini Kali Puja,
last Sunday 17 May at Bagbazar Mayer Bari.

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A. B.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

25 Boishakh : Cultural Programme At Jorasanko

In the morning of 155th birthday of Rabindranath Tagore, a cultural programme was held at Jorasanko Thakur Bari as usual. Various artists rendered there Rabindra Sangeet and recitations from 6:30 am onwards. Here are pics of some of the artists performed there.
1) Arumoy Bandyopadhyay - recitation
2) Rajashree Bhattacharya - song
3) Durba Sinha Roychowdhury - song
4) Bijoylakshmi Barman - recitation
5) Mahua Mukhopadhyay - song
6) Utpal Kundu - recitation
7) Pubali Mukhopadhyay - song
8) Upali Chattopadhyay - song
9) Parvez Chowdhury (from Bangladesh)- recitation
10) Sanchayita Giri - song
11) Arpita Bandyopadhyay - song
12) Debprasad Roy - recitation
13) Abhirup Guha Thakurata - song

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Traditional Practice Of Rural Bengal


It is the traditional practice of rural Bengal to make small cakes by using cow-dung as an ancient source of fuel. The household elders use to live by drying cow-dung as small cakes on the wall. Later, these small cakes  would be sold as fuel.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Manna Dey : A Musical Remembrance

On 1 May, on the birthday of Manna Dey, an unusual musical programme will be held in the city Kolkata to pay homage to the late maestro. Manna Dey Foundation & Ashabari magazine will organise this function jointly. Eminent singers of Bengal like Usha Uthup, Nachiketa, Haimanti Shukla, Indrani Sen, Rupankar, Raghab, Manomoy, Shampa Kundu, Sudeb Dey, Pallab Ghosh, Sriradha Bandyopadhyay, Anik Dhar, Jojo, Saikat Mitra, Parimal Bhattacharjee, Sujoy Bhowmik, Ashok Bhattacharjee, Dipankar Chattopadhyay, Jyoti Prasad Chatterjee and Ashok Bhadra will participate on the occasion and sing the popular songs of Manna Dey. Compere : Mrinmoy Kanjilal & Madhumita Basu. Venue : Uttam Mancha, from 5:30 pm onwards. No entry fee.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

94th Birthday Of Satyajit Ray

Next 2nd May is the 94th birthday of Satyajit Ray. On this occasion, week long function would be organised from 1 May '15 - 7 May '15 at ICCR. Soumitra Chattopadhyay will inaugurate the function and he would deliver Satyajit Ray Memorial Speech. The previous orators are Javed Akhtar, Shyam Benegal, Naseeruddin Shah. This year, Chatterjee's subject of speech is: 'Satyajit & his actors'. The speech would be of half-n-hour duration. Chatterjee acted in 16 films of Ray - out of this, 14 feature film and 2 short film. He'll deliver the prestigious speech in Bengali. Some rare still photographs of Ray with Chatterjee would be exhibited there which were not produced earlier.
            After the inaugural function, Soumitra Chattopadhyay will inaugurate 'Prabandha Sangraha' - the compilation of essays and articles written by Satyajit Ray for various books and magazines. More than 50 essays will be there. "Smaran" - the remembrance - a section dedicated to many personalities would be there in the book in which Satyajit Ray recalled the persons like J L Nehru, Gangapada Basu, Rabindranath Tagore, Uday Shankar, Sukumar Roy, Upendra Kishore RoyChowdhury, Banshi Chandra Gupta, Dilip Kumar Gupta (D.K.).
          
           2 rare session of dialogues with eminent artist Binod Behari Mukhopadhyay and art critic Prithwis Neogi would be there in the book. A long article on Mozart would also be there. One can find in the book article on Rabindra Sangeet by Satyajit Ray. Moreover, on the occasion of Martyr's Day in 1972, the speech delivered by Ray at Paltan ground of Dacca would also be there in the book.

             Moreover, film festival of Satyajit Ray will go there started by 'Apur Sansar' (1959). Rare moments of Satyajit Ray captured by Banshi Chandra Gupta, Amanul Haque, Tarapada Bandyopadhyay, Hirak Sen, Sandip Ray etc will be exhibited there. Many photos of Ray collected from various institutions across Bengal will be exhibited here in the function for the first time. Above all, a lengthy unseen audio-visual interview of Ray produced by famous Director's Cut Productions of England in the year 1978 would be screened there on the last day of function.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Crowd Of Devotees On Poila Boishakh At Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Yesterday, on the auspicious day of Poila Boishakh - the first day of
Bengali New Year 1422, devotees rushed to Dakshineswar Kali Temple to
offer pujas to goddess Kali. It is the pic of crowd gathered there in
queue, peacefully.

Pic source: Newspaper
--
A. B.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Charak Puja 2015 In Rural Bengal

--
A. B.

Bengali New Year 1422

Today is Poila Boishakh - the 1st day of new Bengali calendar year
1422, when the devotees and traders went to Kali temple of
Dakshineswar and Kalighat early in the morning to worship goddess Kali
and lord Ganesha for the inception of new account of the new year to
run their businesses smoothly. In the evening, the head of the
households would go to the jewellery shops to clear their dues
accompanied by childrens. The shop owner will welcome them with orange
squash or lemon juice, along with sweets and snacks. The new printed
Bengali calendar is the other main gift from the trader to the
consumer, a matter of great curiosity for the whole family especially
for the children, they eagerly wait to see who is the god/goddess
printed on the calendar this year. Various cultural programmes are
organised on this occasion by local clubs. Muhurat of new Bengali
cinema and jatra was the traditional events of this day. 'Adda' was
the additional attraction of Bengalee on Poila Boishakh. It is still a
major part of TV channels for this day. As a whole, Poila Boishakh of
new Bengali year is not only an auspicious day, it is the day to
regain the old but valuable heritage and tradition of Bengal.

--
A. B.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Familiar Scene Of Summer On The Road

On the advent of summer, the familiar cart of making sugarcane juice
is appearing on the streets of city.

--
A. B.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Ghetu Puja

Ghetu Puja is being observed today on Ghetu Sankranti in rural Bengal.
It is a traditional festival of rural areas. In the morning and
evening, kids come to every household with lantern, incense sticks and
Ghetu flowers to sing the songs of Ghetu. They collect small amount of
money from the household. It is the ritual of certain classes of rural
people.

Ghetu flowers are always bloom in the spring time mainly on the
roadside and waste lands. It is a white flower with sweet scent and
pink on the centre arranged in branched clusters. Hill Glory Bowed is
the common name of this flower. It's botanical name is Clerodendrum
Infortunatum. It belongs to the plant family Verbenaceae. This is
native to our region. We all know it by the names Ghetu, Ghontakorno,
Bhat and Bhaita.

--
A. B.

Thursday, March 5, 2015