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Swadhinatar Manchagaan- Theatre Songs of Independence Organized at Academy of Fine Arts

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Swadhinatar Manchagaan- Theatre Songs of Independence was presented in Academy Theatre’s annual show this year at Academy of Fine Arts. The new production was about the Bengali theatre. The main emphasis was on its songs, and how it became an important force to hold aloft the spirit of patriotism.

With the passage of time these songs won the place in the nation’s clarion call for freedom during the British rule in India. With the Independence of India, Bengal has accumulated a vast repertoire of mancha-gaan (theatre-song) of patriotic and nationalistic fervor, which has been passed on from generation to generation through several decades. The festival was a humble attempt to explore the mancha-gaan which swam against the tide during the struggle for Independence to inspire the masses to march onward for their motherland along with the tribute towards the national heroes of India.

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Performers like Devajit Bandyopadhyay, Riddhi Bandyopadhyay, Debasish Basu, Diptendu Basu presented the songs by Dinabandhu Mitra, Girishchandra Ghosh, Jyotirindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Dwijendralal Roy, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bijan Bhattacharya and many others.  It was conceptualized and directed by Devajit Bandyopadhyay. Songs like Nil Banore Sonar Bangla ( Devajit from Nildarpan), Timir Bidari Alokh Bihari ( Riddhi from Karagar), Andhar Dambaru Taale ( Devajit from Pralay), O Amar Desher Maati ( Diptendu, asong Tagore wrote during Bangabhanga Andolon ), Aschhe Oi Nabab Bahadur ( Devajit from Sirajuddaula ), Vande Mataram ( Devajit and Riddhi from Santan ) are worth a mention.

The celebration was followed by film shows Bhagini Nivedita, Dadathakur both at Nandan 3.

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Hoi Choi Mela Organized by Daakghar and PC Chandra Garden; Focus on Cottage Industry and Handicrafts of Bengal

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To highlight the work of the small cottage industry of Bengal and handicrafts of Bengal, an event titled Hoi Choi Mela was organized by Daakghar and P. C. Chandra Garden. Meeryung Hall, Alokananda Roy, Uttam Das Baul and many other eminent dignitaries graced the event.

Daakghar is an organization which follows the works of Rabindranath Tagore as a path finder of Bengali culture and literature. The main aim of this organization is to take up the philosophy of Tagore and empower Bengali tradition with a new ethnicity. Students of Daakghar also took part in the event with their creations like home made food, handicrafts, homemade toys and so on.

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Hoi Choi Mela was not just any other handicrafts fair. It also continuously showcased the performing arts like dance, drama, classical songs and others for the audience. 300 students of Daakghar between 5 and 60 years performed for four hours live at the event.

The event was a huge success and helped in giving the younger generation an idea of the philosophy of Tagore!!

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Period Drama Agnijal on Star Jalsha; Love Story of An Emperor and a Devdasi

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Agnijal- a Period Saga, the latest TV production from Shree Venkatesh Films which began from 21st November at 8pm on Star Jalsha and Star Jalsha HD.

The background of the serial Agnijal is during the socio-political discord in medieval Bengal. The story is set in medieval Bengal and narrates the story of a powerful emperor Devdakkha who falls in love with a Devdasi named Shouraja, a dancer at the royal temple. However they are drifted apart by war, politics and religious strife. Their enduring love is the backbone of the plotline.

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Agnijal boasts of a huge star-cast with well known television faces Rohit Samanta and Tumpa Roy playing the lead roles in this period saga. Supported by veteran actors like Sudip Mukherjee, Tulika Basu, Rita Dutta Chakraborty , Rajat Ganguly, Sohini Sanyal, Rudrajit Mukherjee, Pushpita and others, the serial boasts of unmatched production design and a grand splendor in terms of sets and costumes.

The serial will be aired from Monday to Saturday on Star Jalsha and Star Jalsha HD.

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Second Edition of Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsob; Two Day Literary Affair at Oxford Bookstore


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The second edition of Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsob was announced with a literary tour of Kolkata. Writer Ranjan Bandopadhyay, Tridib Kumar Chattopadhyay, Anjum Katyal, Swagat Sengupta was part of this literary tour of the city.

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The literary tour started at the residence of Raja Rammohan Roy now Kolkata Police Museum. It was then continued to the residence of Upendrakishore Roy Choudhury, Rammohan Library, residence of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and ended with Sahitya Parishad.

The two day event will have discussion on the following themes namely Rohosho-Romancho-Goenda liklay jonopriyo?, Social media ki sahittor khoti korche, Mukher Bhasa ki sahitya r bhasa howa ucith, Lekhai alongkooner ki proyojon and others.

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“With this festival, we intend to make the young generation aware of the rich literary culture of Bengal. We say that the youth do not read Bengali books, but it is also our duty to make them aware of it. This festival is such an initiative” said Tridib Kumar Chattopadhyay.

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The event will be inaugurated by eminent writer Shankha Ghosh. Sanjib Chattopadhyay, Nabaneeta Dev Sen and Selina Hossain will also be present at the occasion. Some of the eminent personalities who will be present at the two day event include Komolini Chakraborty, Anup Ray, Abir Chatterjee, Nachiketa, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Sandip Ray, Srijato, Bani Basu, Krishnendu Mukherjee, Procheto Gupta and others.

The event will take place on 21st and 22nd October at Oxford Bookstore, Park Street, Kolkata.

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Magma Spread Festive Cheer Among Senior Citizens at Nabaneer Home, Kolkata

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Magma Fincorp Ltd organized Pujor Adda with the inmates of Nabaneer. The unique event was held at the Nabaneer Home in Tollygunge, Kolkata.  The Magma team comprising of 12 members went and met up with the Senior citizens and together the young and the old celebrated the Pujor Adda with songs, poems and stories from the past.

While the young belted out the latest Bollywood chartbusters as well as the golden classics of Manna De and Kishore Kumar, the elderly citizens remembered Pujo days of their prime and also sang Rabindra Sangeet and recited Nazrul. It was an emotionally charged session that moved all.

Kaushik Sinha, Vice President, Magma Fincorp said, “The society around us is changing quickly and things which were traditional are giving way to the new. Our bridge with the past is our senior citizens. We meet them every year during the Durga Puja holidays when Kolkata dons the festive look and through their eyes, we live the golden days of past.”

Magma has been holding such events for the past twelve years and we will continue to celebrate the flavor of Bengal through such events in future too.

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