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Poetry festival: A treat for audiences in City, Santiniketan

Poetry festival: A treat for audiences in City, Santiniketan
It's spring,a time to celebrate poetry. It would be more of a meet among poets, their friends, listeners, followers meant for exchanging their creative thoughts through poetry. It is an initiative of Abrittilok, Kolkata, in association with Bratati Parampara in collaboration with Bengali Department, Visva Bharati, Sahitya Akademy and Ministry of Culture, Govt of India between Feb 22 and Feb 25, 2018, in Santiniketan and Kolkata.
A curtain raiser will take place in association with the Press Club Kolkata on Feb 20 in the august presence of Bratya Basu( IT Minister, WB) followed by the audio enactment of Mrityunjay, a presentation by Nandikar at Kolkata Press Club. This year, the focus is on the poets from North Eastern region of India. On Feb 22, at Lipika (Santiniketan), the inaugural ceremony would be graced by Amal Pal (Head, Bengali Dep, Visva Bharati ), Gautam Paul ( Office-In-Charge, Sahitya Akademy,Kolkata), Malabika Mitra( President, Abrittilok,Kolkata), Bratati Bandyopadhyay (Director, Bratati Parampara ) at 5.30 PM. It would be followed by an evening of poetry with the inaugural recitation by Bratati Parampara, Santiniketan, solo recitation by Bratati Bandyopadhyay,Shubhabrata Roy Chowdhury, Avik Ghosh, Amartya Mukhopadhyay, Ei Banglar Shikore( Compilation by Soumitra Mitra ), presentation by Abrittilok and Bratati Parampara , Jagannath Bose and Urmimala Bose (Joint recitation). On Feb 23, the celebration of poetry would take place at Uttarayan Prangan. Inaugural recitation will be by the Techno India, Santiniketan. Poetry collage- Mrityur Poreo Jeno Hente Jete Pari by Soumitra Mitra, Sumantra Sengupta, Rabin Mazumdar, Nupur Bose and so on will e followed by the solo recitation by Debshankar Haldar, Sutapa Bandyopadhyay will be followed by Kobitar Gaan by Lopamudra Mitra, a musical presentation by Visva Bharati.
Then it's time for Kolkata. On Feb 24 and 25, the sessions will take place at P C Chandra Garden. On the first day, Shaoli Mitra will recite poems of Tagore followed by an audio enactment of Raktakarobi directed by Bratati Bandyopadhyay. The performers are Sumantra Sengupta, Srikanta Acharya, Kalyan Sen Barat, Madhubani Chatterjee, Manoj Murali Nayar, Alok Ray Ghatak, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, students of Kabyayan and so on. On the final day, Bratati Parampara will present Pratham Puja followed by a solo recitation by Soumitra Chatterjee, Pranati Tagore, Sohini Sengupta, Sovan Sundar Basu and then Tagore songs by Jayati Chakraborty. Special guests on the occasion will be Shankha Ghosh, Shirshendu Mukherjee and so on.
Nandini Guha

Nandini Guha

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