Forest Music Festival was celebrated on International Forest Day to highlight the importance of forests
They are the indigenous people of the jungle. They have been living in the jungle area of North Bengal for a long time. They live in the village sing and dance in their own language. Traditionally, dance and song are part of their culture. They perform songs written in the Rava language. Many tourists listen to their songs when they visit Dooars. Dance is accompanied by the use of self-made musical instruments. March 21 was the International Forest Day. On this occasion, The Dreamers Music PR Agency celebrated the first season of the “Forest Music Festival”. The event was seen on the official Facebook page of “The Dreamers”.
The special attraction of the event was the music performance of the Rava people. Ujjwal Rava said, “I play the drums. This drum is called hem in our language. This wooden musical instrument is used in our tradition.” Belsi Rava said, ” We generally compose songs based on our daily affairs as fishing in river, wars those our forefathers once experienced, various activities related to our lives become the subject of our songs. We have named this group Khushi Culture Club. “
There were also a bunch of young artists from Kolkata and North Bengal who performed. Be it Indian classical music performed on the flute, sometimes the tune of Rabindra Sangeet played on the Sitar and sometimes foreign symphony performed on the violin. And there were songs rendered by Madhuryo Mukherjee ( Barle Boyesh), Rick Biswas( Bade Achhe Lagte Hai), Ritban Guha(Jamaica Farewell), Aritra Mukherjee( Mary Ann),Ayan Chakraborty( Illahi), Nilanjan Saha( Na Tum Jano Na Hum), Anunay Chamling Rai on flute, Shubham Ghosh( Maharaj Eki Saje), on Sitar, Sourojyoti Chatterjee on violin, Tirthankar Sarkar Das on a guitar made the musical session enjoyable. This event was held at the premises of the Jungle Book Homestay in Chilapata. Great video has been captured by Sourav Banerjee, Archan Chakraborty. Sudipta Chanda of The Dreamers, the organizer of the event, said, “This was the first time we organized such an event in the jungle. We generally organize Kolkata Street Music Festival, Mountain Music Festival. One of the main objectives of these kinds of events is to explore new talents.Beside that here we wanted to promote the importance of forest in our life, spreading awareness through songs was also one of the objectives of this initiative. “