Academy Theatre and Riddhi A Step for Music celebrated Bengali New Year through a cultural extravaganza Bhalobasi Banglake at Sisir Mancha. It featured songs, poetry done by performers from Kolkata and Bangladesh. Songs by Riddhi Bandyopadhyay and Devajit Bandyopadhyay, Swapnil Shojib besides poetry by veteran poet from Kolkata Subodh Sarkar and Shimul Mustapha, a renowned elocutionist from Bangladesh was the central attraction of the evening.
It was more of an informal adda cum musical journey through recalling early days how the Bengali New Year used to be celebrated, rituals revolving around the auspicious occasion, Bengali calendar, how we celebrate it at present in both Kolkata and Bangladesh. Subodh Sarkar and Shimul recalled their childhood memories of Poila Boisakh by reading poetries by Jasimuddin and others while Riddhi and others would lent their voice to some of songs by Lalan Fakir, Girish Ghosh , Atul Prasad Sen and so on.
The event had been conceptualized by Riddhi Bandyopadhyay.
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