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Naba Barsha Utsav

April 15, 2014

The city will see a brand new festival getting added to its celebration calendar. The Naba Barsha Utsav, organised by the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, will be a week-long affair that will happen at College Square, to highlight the fact that this was the seat of the Bengal Renaissance. Surrounded by centuries old institutions like the Calcutta Medical College, Calcutta University, Presidency College, Hindu and Hare Schools and Sanskrit College, this is the city's most culturally vibrant zone.

The Utsav, which started on the eve of the Bengali New Year, would continue till April 20. The unique festival promises to take one to nineteenth and early twentieth century Bengal. You will have a mix of everything at the festival right from specially created structures that transport you back to period architecture to literary discussions, music, books and food on all seven days of the festival.

The area around the tank at College Square will have stalls designed in the shape of typical Bengali village huts or will resemble palatial houses of the Bengali nobility of the nineteenth century. The central stage will be designed like a Chandi Mandap that will see senior writers discussing the trends of Bengali language and literature. Performances in all genres of Bengali music will also be organised.

"We will start off the festival with a bang. From Bowbazar crossing a big procession will be organised with old style horse carriages and phaetons that will carry prominent personalities of the city to the centre of the festival at College Square. To add to the festivities there would be some traditional stilt show accompanied with dhaak beats," promised secretary of the Guild, Tridib Chattopadhyay. Stalls serving traditional Bengali cuisine and handicrafts will add zest to the festivities.

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