By Arnab Mitra
Kolkata: The Bangla Sangeet Mela organised by the West Bengal State Government kicked off on Monday in presence of CM Mamata Banerjee and stalwarts of Indian Music Bapi Lahiri, Swantanu Moitra, Sandhya Mukhopadhyay and many others at Nazrul Mancha.
“We are proud to be able to give a platform to our artists. Artists are our assets. One day Bengal’s culture will win over the world,” asserted Banerjee while inaugurating the Sangeet Mela.
The CM further informed that thousands of folk artists have been registered in the last four years for providing monthly stipend and these artists will perform at government functions.
“On December 23, we will have a beautiful cultural function on a ‘vajra’ at Lal Dighi in BBD Bag and Lok Sanskriti Utsav will also begin on the same day,” she added.
Banerjee conferred the ‘Bishesh Sangeet Samman’ award on veteran artists Dwijen Mukhopadhyay, Ajoy Chakraborty and Sandhya Mukherjee. The ‘Maha Sangeet Samman’ was conferred on seasoned artists Shantanu Moitra, Md Aziz, Kumar Bose, Shibaji Chattopadhyay, Sriradha Bandyapadhyay, Dilip Kumar Bose and Fakir Alamgir. The CM conferred the ‘Sangeet Samman’ on Nachiketa.
The six-day festival will continue till December 21 in several places of Kolkata– Rabindra Sadan, Mohar Kunja, Sisir Mancha, Hedua Park, Princep Memorial and other areas.
A special performance by some prisoners of the Dum Dum Central Jail also took place on December 17 at Rabindrasadan.