Tag: Bengal-Handicraft

Leto Theatre Workshop Organized in Kolkata; An Effort to Revive the Dying Art Forms


West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts Rabindra Bharati University collaborated to start the seven daylong work shop in almost extinct folk theatre form of West Bengal named Leto. The workshop was inaugurated in the presence of  Prof Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhuri, Chairman, West Bengal State Akademi of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts and Vice Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University, Prof Barun Chakraborty, Dr. Tarun Pradhan and Leto performers Harakumar Gupta and Adhir Mondal.

Leto Theater Workshop Kolkata

Speaking at the occasion, Prof Barun Chakraborty said “Folk theatre evolved much before the advent of films and television. They were the most prominent mass media medium available for the common people. Men enacted the role of females in such theatre form. They were called sakhis and the child artists in such plays were referred to as bengachis. The folk theatre form was initially called netos which later became leto later on. According to Sukumar Sen, an eminent scholar this kind of folk theatre developed much before the birth of Christ. Song, dance and drama form a major part of the Leto Theater form”.


Bankura, Birbhum, Hooghly, Nadia, Midnapur and Mushidabad were some of the places where leto had a rich tradition. Burdwan, Birbhum and Murshidabad were some of the places where the concentration of the leto theatre form in later times.

Hara Kumar Gupta and Adhir Mondal performed some leto performances for the assembled audience present at the workshop.


The workshop will continue till the 14th of September. The workshop will take place daily between 11 am to 5 pm.

Priyanka Dutta

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‘Dhansiri’ The Bengali Specialty Dine Den now in City Centre 1, Salt Lake


From the house of The Rose restaurants, comes another specialty dine den Dhansiri- Bangalir Bangaliyana. The restaurant was recently inaugurated at City Centre 1, Salt Lake. The inauguration ceremony was graced with the presence of eminent celebrities like Sidhu, Sayani Datta, Sambaran Banerjee, Lopamudra Mandal Saha, Indroneel Mukherjee, Raghav, Riddhi and others.

Dhansiri- Bangalir Bangaliyana Specialty Bengali Food Joint

The dishes have been inspired by the poems and writings of the eminent Bengali poet Jibanananda Das. The food and the menu have quirky lines from the poems. Some of the names in the menu include Mor Polatoka Priya Ilish Bhaja, Khoi Ronga Shada Bhaat, Dhoya otha bhaat Kothay Giyechhe Shob, Dighir joler gondhe rupali chitol, Macher moton ami cholitechi jaal chire chire, Ihara amay bhalobashe and others. The names of the dishes infuse a certain sense of romanticism and enhance the interest level of the customers.


Mr. Subrata Das, director, the Rose said on the occasion “We have been in this business for the past sixteen or seventeen years. We specialized in Indian and Chinese dishes. It was my father’s idea to develop a restaurant which will have the true Bengali flavors. I travelled to Bangladesh and have added many traditional dishes consumed there to our menu. This has enriched our menu considerably. There are about seventy items in the menu”.

The restaurant has a buffet platter which costs about two hundred rupees and consists of rice, mutton/chicken, pulses and vegetables. Additional charges will be applicable for those who will be opting for Hilsa and other fish items.


The dine den serves lunch between 12 noon to 3.30 pm and dinner between 7pm to 10.30 pm.

With Durga Pujas just around the corner, it will be a good idea to head to Dhansiri to get the taste of authentic Bengali dishes.

Priyanka Dutta

NABC 2015 Theme Song Launched at Kolkata Meeting; Video NABC Meeting

NABC 2015 Kolkata Meeting with NABC Joint President Mr. Sanku Bose (You Tube)

The Kolkata meeting to announce The 35th North American Bengali (NABC 2015) was organized at the Spring Club recently. The event saw a huge turn up of celebrities, media personalities, intellectuals and business leaders. The event was received positively by the media and the authorities of Bengal. Some of the eminent personalities who came to the conference include Satyam RoyChowdhury, Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya, Raghav Chatterjee, Indranil Sen, Saheb Chatterjee, Locket Chatterjee, Tony Bose, Tejen Majumdar, Saikat Mitra, Anindita Kazi, Biplab Ganguly, Parnava Banerjee, Tanika Bhattacharyya, Tony Bose and others.

Sanku Bose, Joint President briefed the assembled guests about the concept and the goal of NABC 2015. Artist Shuvaprasanna was highly impressed with the urge of the team from Houston to give so much back to their motherland. Satyam Roychowdhury also shared his confidence about the team and spoke highly about its capacity to deliver.

Debashis Chakrabarti, VP also attended the meeting along with Saswati Mitra. She is in charge of the hospitality team at the conference. Srabani Akilla introduced the concept at the press conference and talked in great details about the importance of Houston to the Bengalis. The NABC 2015 theme song was also launched, which in itself is a unique concept for the Banga Sammelan.

NABC 2015 marketing strategy is also unique this time in Kolkata. About hundred hoardings will be placed in different areas all over Kolkata highlighting the NABC 2015 and the Contest for the best pratima, puja and pandal. There will also be prizes for these categories.

The Mayor-in-Council Debashis Kumar and Kazi Anirban have been instrumental in donating the space and also helping with the Durga Puja 2014 campaign in the city.

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NABC 2015 Kolkata Meeting Album

Bengal Handicrafts Showcased at Jorasanko Thakurbari during Swadeshi Fair


Rabindranath Tagore believed in Swadeshi goods and also in the propagation of the Swadeshi Fair. With this ideology in mind, he urged the local arts and crafts practitioners to showcase their goods at the fair. Keeping this ideology in mind, West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Art had organized the 28th Arts and Crafts fair at the Jorasanko Thakurbari. The fair started on the 6th and went on till the 9th of May.

The arts and crafts fair was started in the year 1986. The artisans who come to this fair are taken care of by the West Bengal State Akademi. Their food, lodging and travelling expenses are also taken care of by the same body. The money that they earn by selling the goods are entirely their own and The State Akademi does not even take any part from the amount.


Painter Dheeraj Chowdhury inaugurated this arts and craft fair. Professor Sabyasachi Basu Roy Chowdhury was also present at the inauguration ceremony. After a welcome song, the fair was declared open for the visitors.

The arts and crafts fair held this year had  artisans from all the districts of West Bengal. About twenty four artisans from different districts like Bardaman, Bankura, Birbhum, Nadia, Howrah, Murshidabad, Cooch Behar, Malda and many others participated in this fair.  Alpona art, wooden crafts, Dokra, Wooden masks, Thermacol crafts, Batik were some of the crafts which were available at the fair.


The prices of the products were affordable and the wide range of products available was quite appealing for the customers visiting the fair.

All those who visited the fair in a way paid their homage to the great visionary that Tagore was.

Priyanka Dutta