Monday, December 2, 2013
3. Jagannath Snanjatra
4. Poila Boishakh (হালখাতা)
6. Ganga & Manasa Puja
7. Sri Sri Jagadhatri Puja
9. Hara-Parbarti & Chandra Raja Kala Mantri
10. Sri Sri Lakshmi Puja
11. Sri Sri Shib Ratri
12. Nutan Panjika, 1894-95
13. Sri Sri Durga Puja
15. Shib Chaturdashi
17. Sri Sri Sharadiya Puja
18. Brihaspati Raja Dibakar Mantri
21. Bijoy Utsab of Sri Ramchandra
22. Ganga Puja
23. Sri Sri Durga Puja
24. Bhai Font
25. Dol Yatra Of Sri Krishna
27. Durga Puja
The first almanac in Bengali was published in the year 1818 by a
brahmin of Jorasanko, named Durgaprasad. A full page picture by the
technic of Xylograph was published in this almanac. It was the picture
of sun eclipse.
The famous Panchanan Karmakar of Serampore, who was the pioneer of
Bangla font on block to print, had son-in-law named Manohar Karmakar.
Krishnachandra(born in 1807), the second son of this Manohar, was born
three years after the death of Panchanan. Krishnachandra developed the
xylography to the extent that never happened before. He set the
pictures of various god & goddesses of Hindu religion, events of their
activities and religious festivals. It was a remarkable job, a
milestone in the context of pictures in Bengali books.
Ramdhan Swarnakar was contemporary of Krishnachandra. Besides his
profession of jewellery, he also made two xylograph - one picture of
Jagadhatri and the other of Lakshmi. These pictures were published in
Bangla almanac in the year 1836. Hiralal Karmakar was one of the best
xylograph artist of nineteenth century. In the year 1885, his pictures
like Ganga puja, Snan yatra, Rath yatra, Durga puja etc were published
in Bangla almanac.
Nrityalal Dutta was a famous xylograph artist. He owned a press named
'Dutta Press' at Jorabagan of North Kolkata. He also made pictures of
Charak, Raas & Rath yatra like Panchanan. He also made picture of
Jhulan yatra of Sri Krishna. And the total picture had been made
following Mughal Miniature paintings.
Since the beginning of twentieth century, Priyagopal Das started to
develop the pictures of Bangla almanac and he brought revolution in
xylography - perspective added to pictures, light & shade, finishing
like lithography started to reign pictures of almanac. He initiated
more realistic approach in pictures of xylograph. And thus, the Bangla
almanac is being decorated by xylograph pictures of many more
religious events of Hindus which were not found in the almanac of
Posted by Asim Kumar at 7:24 PM
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Kotalhati of Gajole block in the district of Malda recently. It
belongs to 9 or 10th century when Paul dynasty was reigning in Bengal,
it is the opinion of archaeologists. The idol is in standing pose and
made of black stone. It is one of those 24 images of Vishnu, named
'Tribikram'. This 2 & half feet high idol was found from a pond during
Posted by Asim Kumar at 2:53 PM
Friday, November 29, 2013
and textile market into one of the
largest wholesale markets in India.
Burrabazar is divided into highly
specialised sub-markets, according
to the commodity it deals in –
Dhotipatti, Fancypatti, Tulapatti,
Chinipatti etc. Further subdivisions
are katra, chowk or kothi. A
popular saying goes, "Anything and
everything is available at
Burrabazar. Even the tiger's eye is
available here if you pay the right
price." Each katra (market) is
known for a particular item. There
are approximately 25 katras in
Burrabazar. At Raja Katra, which
originally belonged to the Maharaja
of Bardhaman , most of the shops
deal in spices. At Manohar Das
Katra it is mostly hardware and
textile. Vikram Chand Market and
Khangrapatti sell mostly electronic
goods and artificial ornaments.
Posted by Asim Kumar at 8:49 PM
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
shooting of his new Bangla film comprises 4 short stories of renowned
writers like Satyajit Ray, Parashuram and Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay.
The stories are 'Dui Bandhu' (the 1st pic) by Satyajit Ray,
'Bateswarer Abadan' (the 2nd pic) by Parashuram, 'Kagtarua' (the 3rd
pic) by Satyajit Ray and 'Pariksha' by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay.
In the episode of 'Dui Bandhu', Pijush Gangopadhyay has played the
role of Mahim and Rajatava Dutta has played the role of Pratul.
In the episode of 'Bateswarer Abadan', Paran Bandyopadhyay has
played the role of Bateswar. Srilekha Mitra is in the film with him.
In the episode 'Kagtarua', Paran Bandyopadhyay again has played the
leading role. Shaswata has played the role of writer here.
The fourth story 'Pariksha' is a unique one played by Shaswata
Chatterjee in the leading role.
All the four stories are different, but friendship, relationship,
commitment are the threads united the stories.
It is a presentation of Sandip Roy in the ensuing Christmas.
Posted by Asim Kumar at 3:14 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
of Raas of Mitra Bari of Simulia Pally, North Kolkata was known to
all. It is still there by adopting 'Brindaboni' method.
In ancient time, several Raas used to perform in Kolkata. Such as
Naba-Brindaban at Bagbazar and Gupt-Brindaban at Ramdulal Sarkar
Street. But, the "Raas Utsav" was most famous in North Kolkata at the
residence of Mitra family. This house is situated at Simulia Pally,
south of Ananth Nath Deb's market, presently at Ramdulal Sarkar
Street. Rajiblochan Mitra of Barisha went to Konnagar of Hooghly
district in 16th century to reside. His old grand grandson Ayodhya Ram
Mitra used to reside at Halishahor in the third part of 18th century
by the source of marriage. His grandson, the founder of Mitra family
of Simulia (the old Sutanuti) Pally was Madanmohan Mitra. He was a
business tycoon and came to Kolkata from his ancestral house at
Halishahor to reside. He established Radhanath - a beautiful idol of
Lord Krishna, made of Kashti pathar. He established Radha of
'ashtodhatu' and Narayan shila too. Once the Raas festival of this
Mitra family became phenomenon in Kolkata. But the Mitras used to
observe Raas within family. Outsiders were not allowed to take part in
the festival. Thus, this Raas became famous as Gupt-Raas. And by this
way, their house became famous as 'Gupt-Brindaban'. Most of the Raas
have started on 15 November, but, Raas of Gupt-Brindaban starts on the
day of Kartick Purnima and will go for the next two days. It will end
on 19th November.
1. Radhanath-Radharani of Mitra Bari;
2. The Raas Mancha decorated with Asto Sakhi (8 Sakhis) ;
3. Paintings of Raas lila;
4. Raas Mancha of Mitra Bari's Thakur Dalan;
5. The Narayan shila founded by Madanmohan Mitra;
6. The puja of Dwadash Gopal (12 Gopal) by 12 lamps and Naibedya.
7.The kick of balloon at Mitra Bari.
All the pictures published on newspaper.
Posted by Asim Kumar at 6:39 PM