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Saturday, August 5, 2017

77th Death Anniversary Of Tagore




           Kolkata will observe 77th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore on 8th August'17 (22 Shravan). On this occasion, a special programme will be held at Gandhi Bhavan of Jadavpur University. The inaugural song will be presented by the students of varsity. "Varshamangal" (বর্ষামঙ্গল) - a compilation of Tagore's rainy season songs will be performed by 'Kanikadhara' (কণিকাধারা) of Shantiniketan under the supervision of Priyam Mukhopadhyay. Prof. Sukanta Chowdhury will deliver speech on the subject "দেশকাল ও রবীন্দ্র-শিক্ষাভাবনা" (The country and time and ideas of Tagore about education). After that, VC Suranjan Das will talk about the internationalism of Tagore ("রবীন্দ্রনাথের আন্তর্জাতিকতাবাদ"). Shankha Ghosh, Nabanita Deb Sen and Sourin Bhattacharya will present there at the function.

           Various programmes will be held at 'Rabindra Tirtha' of New Town from 8th August to 27th August'17 to mark the occasion. On 8th at 5pm eminent artist Jogen Chowdhury will inaugurate the festival of "বৃক্ষরোপণ" (plantation of trees) which was initiated by Tagore. After that, Manoj Murali Nayyar and Madhubani Chattopadhyay will perform songs of Tagore and dance respectively. On other days, poems and songs of Tagore along with poetry of post-Tagore poets would also be presented there. Sayantan group of artists will perform a programme on the subject "দ্বিশততম জন্মবর্ষের আলোয় মহর্ষি দেবেন্দ্রনাথ ও ঠাকুরবাড়ির গান" (bi-centenary year of birth of Maharshi Debendranath Tagore and songs of Thakur Bari) on 27th August'17. 'Naayor' (নাইওর) will present a special programme on the same date i.e. on 27th August'17 at 'Coffeebook' of 23-A Sarat Bose Road at 6pm in which Aparajita Addhya, Tania Das, Madhumita Basu, Sukriti Lahari, Suchhanda Ghosh and Nandini Bhattacharya will participate. They would felicitate Madhabi Mukhopadhyay and Leena Gangopadhyay. On the other hand, Arindam Saha Sardar has made an audio-visual programme based on death of Tagore named "Arghya" (অর্ঘ্য) which will be shown at Uttarpara Jeevan Smriti Digital Archive on 8th August at 6:30 pm.
       

               
                    

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Theme Durga Puja'17 : Santosh Mitra Square

'London' is the theme of this year's Durga Puja pandal of Santosh Mitra Square in Kolkata. But, the sarbojanin puja committee has decided to engage famous fashion designer Agnimitra Paul as the 'costume designer' of debi Durga and her family. What will be your reaction if you see 'costume design' of debi Durga and her family? Sure it will be a novel idea. The costume of debi Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartick, Ganesh and Asur will be made by the way costumes made for Bollywood stars. But, the traditional fragrance of costumes must be there in the design.

            Agnimitra said, golden touch would be fitted for the sari of debi Durga. And thought some specific ideas for the costume of Lakshmi & Saraswati. But she think, it would be most pleasure for her to do the costume design of Asur. At the same time, Agnimitra will take care that the traditional sentiments will not hamper. So, it is very 'challenging' for her to do this job without breaking the tradional norms of Durga puja.

              As a whole, we'll wait for the 'new look' of debi Durga and her family at puja pandal of Santosh Mitra Square undoubtedly.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kankalitala - The Shaktipith Tour




























I visited the Sati Shaktipeeth Kankalitala with my own and my younger brother's family last winter. It was a pleasant journey by car from Rampurhat of Birbhum district. We started our journey at about 9 am from my elder sister's house at Rampurhat. On the way we took rest at some market place for breakfast. After that, we again moved by car for our destination Kankalitala. 

          Finally, we crossed about 63 kms and reached at the desired Shaktipeeth after one and half an hour.

          When we reached there, we saw that a good number of beggers were sitting on both side of the entrance road. We slowly crossed the road and entered into the main premises of the temple. The temple is a traditional 'pacca' construction with adjacent 'Nat Mandir' for the devotees and pilgrims. At that morning time, some of family's were busy with the rituals of goddess and some of them came for marriage also. Then I've seen the open place beside the temple where a big 'harikath' or instrument for animal sacrifice was established there and a newly married couple was completing the 'saptapadi' or traditional seven circles by surrounding that instrument. It was an amazing experience for me. 

            We spent some good time there and enjoyed. We came to know that there was no traditional image of goddess in that temple but a big framed picture of the goddess is there to worship as the bone or 'kankal' of Sati Parbati had fallen there and thus it reckoned as one of the Shaktipeeth or Satipeeth of goddess Durga out of 51 peeth.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

25 Boishakh At Shantiniketan

On 157th birthday of Rabindranath Tagore, upasana (prayer) was performed this morning in Upasana Griha (কাঁচঘর) of Shantiniketan-Bolpur.



25 Boishakh At Jorasanko Thakur Bari

On 157th birthday of Rabindranath Tagore, songs, poems & writings of the poet are being performed at the yard of Jorasanko Thakur Bari now.

The artist: Swapna Ghoshal









157th Birth Anniversary Of Rabindranath Tagore



157th birth anniversary of great poet Rabindranath Tagore is being observed today not only in Bengal, but all over the world. The main programme is being held at Jorasanko Thakur Bari where the songs and poems written by Tagore are being performed by eminent artists. The rooms where the poet was born and breathed his lasts - were garlanded by distinguished persons. The other remarkable programme is now being held at Shantiniketan-Bolpur. Prayers are being performed in Upasana Griha (the room for prayers).

'Pranam'