Rabindranath Tagore was paid tribute by Kalamandir with their function titled “Nobo Robi Kirone”. The event took place at Rabindra Sadan and was attended by eminent Rabindrasangeet singer Srabani Sen and table player Soumya Bose.
The musical evening began with a performance titled Robir Khela in which about two hundred and twenty five children participated. The performances were directed by Goutam Dey. The children performed meticulously to the songs like “Phule phule dhole dhole”, “Kothai amar harie jawar nei mana”, “Kharo bayu boye bege”, “Haree re re re” and many more such songs of Tagore.
The second part of the musical evening saw the performances of Sraboni Sen with Soumya Bose. Seven kinds of ragas were performed by the talented singer. Raag Yamaan, Raag Maand, Raag Bihaag, Raag Desh, Raag Pilu, Raag kafi and Raag Bhairabi. “Tagore was highly influenced by the Indian Classical music tradition. One can find the influence in his songs” said Sraboni Sen. The singer pointed out the Raags when she sang the songs of Tagore. Modhuro Dhoni, Bodhu Michche, Haay go, Kadale tumi more, Tumi kon kanoner, Amaro porano and Chorono dhorite were performed by the singe at the occasion.
The third part included a dance drama Shakuntala. The music director of this dance drama was Soumya Bose and the dance director was Goutam Dey. Samina Hussain Prema, an artist from Bangladesh essayed out the role of Shakuntala in the dance drama. Dushyant was played by Goutam Dey. The performance was a visual delight and kept the audiences hooked to their seats throughout.
Nabo Robi Kirone was a great musical evening for the music lovers of the city. They got to experience the varied moods of the great poet-playwright Rabindranath Tagoe with the help of his wonderful creations.
Nanhe Chitrakaar is a pan India annual painting competition for children organized under the patronage of Amway Opportunity Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Amway India. The painting competition provided a platform where children of Amway Business Owners, Employees and consumers expressed their fancy through painting and also developed a sense of bonding with the participants who represented less privileged section of the society.
“Art has traditionally been an important part of holistic development of children as it builds self-esteem, helps in decision making, cognitive skill building apart from fostering development of aesthetic sense and engaging them in creative experience. Competition of this type will only help in promoting art and instilling brotherhood in the minds of the children” said noted Painter Wasim Kapoor. Debabrata Das, IPS, Deputy Commissoiner of Police, South-Eastm Division, Kolkata Police graced the occasion as chief guest. Wasim Kapoor selected final winners and presented the prizes to winners of Nanhe Chitrakar 2014.
This year the theme of the painting competition was a bit different from last year. Amway Opportunity Foundation has introduced a new theme “Ideal diet for healthy life” for children of the age group between 8 years and 12 years. The objective is to increase the perception of children about good food and ideal diet. Urban children are now facing a challenge of obesity as they are spoilt for choices of junk foods. AOF volunteers created awareness among the children about the concept of good food and bad food so that healthy eating habits are instilled into their minds in an young age only.
The Painting competition elicited overwhelming response from the ABO parents in Kolkata. Over 70 children of Amway Business Owners, employees and consumers participated today at Nanhe Chitrakaar competition whereas less privileged children residing in Slum Areas adjacent to Bidhannagar Railway Station also got an opportunity to express their abstract thoughts through painting. NAB is taking care of the education of the children and AOF is partnering in the project.
This year, AOF is organizing Nanhe Chitrakaar in as many as 40 locations in India. AOF has tied-up with Arts teachers from schools in each of these cities to be Judges. Amway Opportunity Foundation will send the best three paintings in each category to Amway Corporation in Ada, USA. The winning paintings will adorn the walls of the Amway offices.
Nanhe Chitrakaar therefore is a good way of promoting brotherhood and a sense of camaraderie among the children of all age groups.
Bollywood lyricist poet Gulzar, author Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Debjit Bandopadhyay, Sanjay Mukhopadhyay and Prabal Kumar Basu participated in the second day of the two day national seminar on Indian literature which was recently held in Kolkata. The national seminar on Indian literature supported by the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India and Notun Alo, a non-profit organization saw the presence of eminent personalities from the field of literature attend the seminar.
Barnali Roy, Secretary of Notun Alo said “We generally concentrate on English literature but we forget about the treasure that we have. This is simply an initiative to create awareness about our vernacular literature amongst the youth”.
Paramita Bandopadhyay, a singer of much repute performed the welcome song for the seminar. The singer regaled the audience with her rendition of “Tumi kamon kore gaan koro” and “More aro aro dao pran”. Her performance was followed by a recital by ace elocutionist Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee. “I am speechless as I got the chance to perform before Gulzar ji” said Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee. He recited poems written by Gulzar and also that of other poets like Kalidas.
Speaking on the occasion, Bollywood lyricist poet Gulzar said “I am happy to attend this seminar. This is a nice initiative taken by Notun Alo. It is seen that many vernacular novels gain popularity after they have been adapted on screen. Reading is not a passion among the youth in recent times. They are more interested in playing computer games. With a seminar of this caliber, the effort of popularizing Indian literature will surely achieve success”.
The day two of the seminar ended with a spirited dance drama performance titled Gahi samyer Gaan by Alokananda Roy. She was accompanied by the inmates from the correctional homes.
With such an initiative taken by Notun Alo, we do hope that this will lead to the popularization of the vernacular literature.