“The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not mov’d with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.”
The Merchant of Venice (V, i, 83-85) Jessica, daughter of Shylock, has eloped with Lorenzo where he explained love for music, and the story continues till now.
The same can be told in Tagore’s word
“আজি হতে শতবর্ষ পরে কে তুমি পড়িছ বসি আমার কবিতাখানি কৌতুহল ভরে”
The Gardener (LXXXV)
Who are you, reader, reading my poems an hundred years hence?
I cannot send you one single flower from this wealth of the spring,
one single streak of gold from yonder clouds.
Open your doors and look abroad.
From your blossoming garden gather fragrant memories of the vanished
flowers of an hundred years before.
In the joy of your heart may you feel the living joy that sang one
spring morning, sending its glad voice across a hundred years.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Poetry is like the distillation of emotion. A good poem can transport you to the place that the poet is writing about and a good poem can also make you have ‘visions’.
And the Kobita Utsav is one such event not just to listen but to soak yourself in passion for life, passion for poetry and cultural insight.
KOBITA UTSAV 2018 which was initiated by Abrittilok, Kolkata, in association with Bratati Parampara in collaboration with Bengali Department, Visva Bharati, Sahitya Akademy & Ministry of Culture, Govt of India between 22 Feb-25 Feb,2018 in Santiniketan and Kolkata, featuring galaxy of starts from the cultural scene of Bengal.
KOBITA UTSAV 2018
It’s a time to celebrate poetry. It was more of a meet among poets their friends, listeners, followers meant for exchanging their creative thoughts through poetry. It was an initiative of Abrittilok, Kolkata, in association with Bratati Parampara in collaboration with Bengali Department, Visva Bharati, Sahitya Akademy & Ministry of Culture, Govt of India between 22 Feb-25Feb,2018 in Santiniketan and Kolkata. A curtain raiser took place in association with Press Club Kolkata on 20 Feb in august presence of Bratya Basu( IT Minister,WB) followed by audio enactment of Mrityunjay , a presentation by Nandikar at Kolkata Press Club. This year the focus was on the poets from North East region of India.
22 Feb at Lipika ( Santiniketan ) the inaugural ceremony was graced by Amal Pal ( Head ,Bengali Dep, Visva Bharati ), Gautam Paul ( Office-In-Charge, Sahitya Akademy,Kolkata), Malabika Mitra( President, Abrittilok,Kolkata), Bratati Bandyopadhyay (Director, Bratati Parampara ) .
It was followed by an evening of poetry …inaugural recitation by Bratati Parampara, Santiniketan, solo recitation by Bratati Bandyopadhyay,Shubhabrata Roy Chowdhury, Avik Ghosh, Amartya Mukhopadhyay, Ei Banglar Shikore( Compilation by Soumitra Mitra ), presentation by Abrittilok & Bratati Parampara , Jagannath Bose & Urmimala Bose ( Joint recitation ).
On 23 Feb the celebration of poetry was held at Uttarayan Prangan. Inaugural recitation by the Techno India ,Santiniketan. Poetry collage- Mrityur Poreo Jeno Hente Jete Pari by Soumitra Mitra, Sumantra Sengupta,Rabin Mazumdar, Nupur Bose and so on. Solo recitation by Debshankar Haldar, Sutapa Bandyopadhyay followed by Kobitar Gaan by Lopamudra Mitra, musical presentation by Visva Bharati.
Then it’s time for Kolkata. on 24 & 25 Feb each day all magic happened at P.C.Chandra Garden. On the first day an enactment of Tagore’s Raktakarobi directed by Bratati Bandyopadhyay, performed by Sumantra Sengupta, Srikanta Acharya,Madhubani Chatterjee, Manoj Murali Nayar.Alok Ray Ghatak, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, students of Kabyayan got an overwhelmed response.
On the final day Bratati Parampara presented Pratham Puja followed by solo recitation by Soumitra Chatterjee, Pranati Tagore, Sohini Sengupta,Sovan Sundar Basu and then Tagore songs by Jayati Chakraborty , modern songs by Moushumi Bhowmik mesmerized audience. Special guest like Shirsendu Mukherjee graced the occasion.