Grand ‘River Carnival’ in Kolkata in December
For the first time ever in Bengal, a River Carnival is going to be organised by the government along the Hooghly in Kolkata and Howrah. The carnival will be held on December 8, 9 and 10, whose main part is going to be cultural programmes at different spots along the river, among them Prinsep Ghat, Millennium Park Ghat and Baje Kadamtala Ghat in Kolkata, and Ramkrishnapur Ghat in Howrah.
Artistes from Kolkata and its adjoining areas as well as folk artistes will be performing in the cultural programmes. The folk artistes will be selected from among those enlisted in the Lok Prasar Prakalpa, an initiative of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to revive and popularise the folk songs and folk dances of Bengal.
As a part of the festival, there will also be a dart-throwing festival in which around 30,000 children are scheduled to take part.
The primary aim of the carnival is to attract more tourists to the state, both domestic and foreign. It will be another gift from the State Government to the people of the state as well as the country. The Tourism and Information and Cultural Affairs Departments are jointly organising the festival.