More than 2,000 artistes including many from US and UK are going to perform in the musical extravaganza of the state, Bangla Sangeet Mela.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would be inaugurating the seven-day-long musical fest. The inaugural ceremony would take place at Nazrul Mancha on December 14 evening, said Indranil Sen, minister of state for Tourism after the curtain raiser programme held at Rabindra Sadan on Sunday morning.
He said that the Chief Minister will also be giving Sangeet Mahasamman and Sangeet Samman award to eminent artists at the inaugural ceremony of the Bangla Sangeet Mela.
This is the first time when the Bangla Sangeet Mela would also be conducted at four venues in North Bengal including Kurseong, Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Siliguri. Usually music lovers from North Bengal had to travel to Kolkata to be a part of the fest. But with the initiative taken by the Chief Minister around 200 artistes will be performing at the four venues in North Bengal. The programme in North Bengal will continue from December 16 to 18. The programme also includes 330 blocks of the state.
In Kolkata there will be ten different venues including Rabindra Sadan, Rabindra Sadan Mukta Mancha, Sisir Mancha, Madhusudan Mancha, Madhusudan Mukta Mancha, Hedua Park and Deshopriyo Park. The programme in all the ten venues will start from 3 pm and end at around 8 pm on all the seven days from December 15 to 21. Around 1,800 artistes will be performing at the venues in the city. Sen said that there will be artists from UK, US and neighbouring countries including Bangladesh in Bangla Sangeet Mela.
On the eve of Bangla Sangeet Mela, there will programmes at 28 schools, colleges and localities under the banner “Para-e Para-e Sangeet Mela”. Eminent artists whose health didn’t permit to travel to the ten other venues will be performing in the programmes at the locality closest to their residences.
Moreover, there will be a discussion on the topic “Bangla Sangeet-e Biswa Sangeet-er Prabhab” (effect of international music on Bengali music) on Decemeber 17 at Rabindra Mukta Mancha situated at the newly beautified area at Nandan and Rabindra Sadan. There will also be exhibition in the memory of legendary artists at Gaganendra Pradarsahnshala.
Sen said: “We can show the entire world through the forthcoming Bangla Sangeet Mela that we are ahead in all aspects from any such musical concerts in the world.”
Prasing the Chief Minister, legendary singer Dwijen Mukhopadhyay said: “It is unbelievable how so many artistes from the rural parts of the state have been gathered under one umbrella to let them perform their art. I am associated with the programme for long. But I had not found anyone coming up with such idea for betterment of Bengali music earlier.”