POUSH MELA 2013

POUSH MELA 2013 Honestly speaking I was not in the right frame of mind to absorb Poush Mela 2013, for several reasons. First of all I was a bit frustrated as the Lalbandh Butterfly Project remains an uncertain reality right …

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PROLOGUE TO POUSH MELA 2013

PROLOGUE TO POUSH MELA 2013 This year I feel compelled to write a prologue to Poush Mela, because this is most probably the last year Poush Mela is being organized in the current format. Poush Mela 2014 will be a …

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DURGA PUJA AROUND SANTINIKETAN

DURGA PUJA AROUND SANTINIKETAN   Durga Puja is in effect the crux of Bengali culture & tradition. The story, the event, the excitement – sum together of all these can rightfully deserve to be the epic of Bengal. A lot is …

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FLORAL ORNAMENTS OF BRIKSHA-ROPANA

FLORAL ORNAMENTS OF BRIKSHA-ROPANA  This is a perennially favourite subject of mine, and for about last 3 years I have methodically studied and greatly enjoyed the experience of watching the floral ornaments to be created. The story invariably starts with …

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BASANTA UTSAV MORNING-2013 AT SANTINIKETAN

BASANTA UTSAV MORNING-2013 Basanta Utsava 2013 starts:- Though I was pensive about strict entry norms in the main venue, I got in rather smoothly. In fact this time I went closest to the performers than earlier years. Personally I enjoyed …

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HOW WAS BASANTA UTSAV WITHIN ASHRAMA COMPLEX:2009-12

TIME SHIFTS: HOW WAS BASANTA UTSAVA WITHIN ASHRAMA COMPLEX: AN OBSERVATION The Genesis of the Problem– The venue of Basanta Utsava has been shifted from within the Ashrama Complex to the Purva Palli Mela Ground in 2013. The trend, in …

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BASANTA UTSAV IN BLACK & WHITE

BASANTA UTSAV IN BLACK & WHITE Exactly when the Basanta Utsav was conceived and executed by Rabindranath Tagore in Santiniketan cannot be confirmed; but it is said that in 1907AD, Vasanta Utsava was first celebrated on Basanta Panchami day. Seasonal …

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POTTERS IN BHANGA MELA

POUSH MELA 2012: THE END GAME POTTERS IN BHANGA MELA This old man, Sahadeb Pal, is coming to Poush Mela from 1958AD, as a five year old kid, with his grandfather. At that time the Poush Mela were held in …

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DOCUMENTING PATACHITRA by Md INTAJ ALI

DOCUMENTING PATACHITRA by Md INTAJ ALI Editors Note: Md Intaj Ali is a young lad from Dubrajpur, Birbhum, not exactly connected with Visva Bharati University, but deeply familiar with Santiniketan. I came into contact with Intaj, basically while working on …

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POUSH MELA-2012: THE PATACHITRA ARTISTS

POUSH MELA-2012: THE PATACHITRA ARTISTS The Patachitra or scroll-painting artists, invariably, along with the Dokra artists always sell their products on ground under the open sky in all Poush Melas. A roof at the fair ground is simply not available …

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