I really do not know if it is a relevant observation or not, at that phase of Visva Bharati, the left thinking students had a prominent place in the cultural scene of Visva Bharati, in spite of not winning the students election. Sahityika was also an effort of a left intellectual thinking among the students fraternity, without really being confined within the left line of thinking. In fact the magazine, the dramas they staged were fairly creative in the sense that there was a perceptible effort to probe beyond the immediate and look further. There was a definite sense of projection to future, a kind of probe into the sense of unknown. Rabindranath was always omnipresent in the scenario of Santiniketan, but these little magazines, and the dramas (often Tagore dramas) tried to create a distinguishable mark of its own. I remember, not being left aligned in my student days ( I think I was a neutral as far as political affiliation is concerned) I really enjoyed those magazines and dramas etc. But over the time, these short of little magazines, the particular trend set by the Gananatya movement evaporated from Santiniketan, and also from West Bengal. We do not find film makers of the Mrinal Sen mode any more in West Bengal. Whether one is left oriented or not, the cultural fabric they created had its own beauty. I certainly miss that sort of an cultural diversity in Visva Bharati now, feels like a certain part of our selves simply got lost into time……loved those expressions….culturally it appears to be a loss to me…well on personal perceptions…
Sukul, your observations and reactions are brilliant and obviously relevant particularly in the context of present cultural scenario.And when I deal it I shall express my opinion.Thanks for your observational comment.
Kuntalda- Yes, the left culture of the 70s 80s to 90s was a part of the Bengali cultures, those tea stalls and coffee houses- intellectual debates, aspiring poets, brilliant novelists, innovative dramatist–I think Lefts created a distinguished trend in Drama, Youth Choir was also there, whether we appreciate it today or not, they were definitely in our cultural fabric. Today, the fabric has become all mixed up with so many things…..
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