Songeet Jatra- Cultural project spearheaded by Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee
To celebrate the 243rd birthday of Raja Rammohan Roy, popular arts personality Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee showcased his new cultural project titled Songeet Jatra. Accompanying him was eminent Tagore exponent and legendary vocalist, Pramita Mallick. The event took place at Tollygunje Club.
Raja Rammohan Roy was a pioneer in the Renaissance in Bengal. He is also credited for laying the foundation stone of the modern Bengali literature. There was no literature for the common people. Raja Rammohan Roy broke away from this tradition and actually began to write prose in the language which the common people could easily comprehend. He was also a composer who wrote songs to be sung in the service of the Brahmo Samaj. The songs he composed were based on classical ragas like Behag and others.
Pramita Mallick sang songs like Giri Ganesh Amar, Tumi nirmol Koro, Bhaabi seei eke and others. Complimenting her songs was the adept storytelling (about many unsung poets and musicians) of Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee which kept the audiences mesmerized.
Also present at this evening were Usha Uthup, Barun Chanda, Shuvaprasanna, Usha Ganguly, Haimanti Shukla, Tanushree Shankar, Arjun Chakraborty, Sharbari Datta, Bharati Ray and other such eminent personalities.
The evening surely affirmed the importance and the necessity to archive the heritage of Bengal and also stressed on the importance of going back to the roots.
Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts and Sensorium recently organized an exhibition on sculptures titled “Inner Response: An Exhibition of Sculptures”. Inner Response is an exclusive sculpture exhibition showcasing twenty two contemporary sculptors from Bengal. The exhibition was inaugurated by eminent film maker Anik Dutta, Dr. Nabaneeta Dev Sen (writer and academician) and Dr. Bharati Ray (Vice-president ICCR).
The sculpture exhibition had sculptors of all ages. The senior sculptor in the exhibition is Shankar Ghosh and the junior sculptors are Sandipan Mondol and Safikul Islam. Shankar Ghosh is a renowned name amongst city sculptors while Sandipan Mondol and Safikul Islam are students of the final year in Rabindra Bharati University. There are around fifty works of art that has been featured in this exhibition. Bronze, stone, terracotta, ceramics and wood are some of the materials used in the making of the sculptures showcased in this exhibition. Most of the works in this exhibition are human or animal figures while some are abstract compositions also.
Director Anik Dutta was more than happy to be a part of such an occasion. “Films, music, sculpting, dance are all various forms of art. To be able to come to such an occasion gives me immense pleasure” said the director who has recently been in news for his New Kolkata Bangla Movie Aschorjo Prodeep.
Dr. Nabaneeta Dev Sen highlighted on the aspect that there must be more bonding between sculptors. According to her, this will increase the exchange of knowledge amongst the sculptors and this will lead to more exchange of information. Bharati Ray said “These are not merely works of art but they are actually pieces of history which we will be handing over to the next generations. They will learn a lot about not only the art of this time but also about the lifestyle of the people”.
The exhibition will continue till the 24th of December at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts.