ETV Bangla recently hosted a unique show called “Bangalir Bangaliana” at Spring Club to usher the beginning of Bengali New Year. The whole concept was once a Bangali, always a Bangali. The strong sense of Sholo Ana Bangaliana is embedded in every Bangali. There is nothing called the Notun Bangali. It’s the Bangali at heart that matters.
The event was based on the conflict between the neo-age Bangali and the traditional.
Two hosts (Mir & Jisshu) representing the two ideas throughout tried to establish their points which were supported by Performances.
The event culminated establishing the fact that however much we call ourselves the Neo Bongs we are by heart, soul, habits & lifestyles the same old chirantan Bangali .
The event started with anchor (Jisshu) taking stage and addressing conglomeration mainly in English. He claims himself to be the Notun Bangali, who believes in punctuality, therefore starts off by apologizing to the audience on behalf of his co anchor (Mir) for his late arrival. He says that Bangali has a laid back attitude.At this point we see that Mir entering and taking cue from Jisshu’s mockery starts off by ridiculing the Notun Bangali for their attitude of looking down on their own culture & roots. At this point they get into an argument.
The evening saw performances by young generation artistes like Anupam belting out numbers like Bariye Dao, Beche Thakar, Amar Mawtey, Lakkhichara with their popular number Bhalo Achi Sohor, Anusree, Pota. Tradional Bengali was represented by Srikumar Chattopadhay who started the whole act by singing to Bhalobashi Sobai Boley, Srikanta Achraya. The evening also saw some great dancing acts by Indrani Haldar who danced to Rabindra Sangeet medley followed by Sayantaki who performed on Tollywood medley.
At one point Sabyasachi Chakroborty comes in & nullifies the entire argument by saying that Bangali over the years have evolved in many ways but at his core he is still culturally rooted, holding on to his rich heritage.
Every Bangali is still a Romantic.
The ETV Bangla Bengali New Year Special Show will be telecast on 15th April between 10am- 1 pm only on ETV Bangla.