Kobita Utsav 2018 Inaugurated; Focus on Poets From the North East

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Kobita Utsav 2018 was initiated by Abrittilok, Kolkata, in association with Bratati Parampara in collaboration with Bengali Department, Visva Bharati, Sahitya Akademy & Ministry of Culture, Govt of India in Shantiniketan and Kolkata.

A curtain raiser took place in association with Press Club Kolkata in the august presence of Bratya Basu (IT Minister,WB) followed by audio enactment of Mrityunjay , a presentation by Nandikar at Kolkata Press Club. This year the focus was on the poets from North East region of India.

The inaugural ceremony was 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 ). It was followed by an evening of poetry.

The inaugural recitation was 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 & Bratati Parampara , Jagannath Bose & Urmimala Bose ( Joint recitation ).

On 23 Feb the celebration of poetry was held at Uttarayan Prangan. The inaugural recitation 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. Solo recitation by Debshankar Haldar, Sutapa Bandyopadhyay followed by Kobitar Gaan by Lopamudra Mitra, musical presentation by Visva Bharati kept the audiences enagged.

On 24 & 25 Feb at P.C.Chandra Garden, an enactment of Tagore’s Raktakarobi directed by Bratati Bandyopadhyay, performed by Sumantra Sengupta, Srikanta Acharya,Madhubani Chatterjee, Manoj Murali Nayar.Alok Ray Ghatak, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, students of Kabyayan got an overwhelming response.

On the final day Bratati Parampara presented Pratham Puja followed by solo recitation by Soumitra Chatterjee, Pranati Tagore, Sohini Sengupta,Sovan Sundar Basu and then Tagore songs by Jayati Chakraborty , modern songs by Moushumi Bhowmik mesmerized the audience. Special guest like Shirsendu Mukherjee graced the occasion.

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