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Poila baisakh

A DAYLONG DO AT THE FFORT RAICHAK, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE TELEGRAPH

What: Antiquity Music CDs in association with The Telegraph presents Nabo Barsho — A Fusion of Festivities at The Ffort Raichak.

The mood: Relaxed. The family crowd enjoyed a quiet lunch in the afternoon and lots of music and dance in the evening.

The ambience: Bangaliana ruled the day, right from the special lunch menu at Reflections to the uniform of the resort staff. A typical banana plant decoration at the entrance added to the festive feel.

The attire: Most guests chose to dress down, ditching the Dhakais, Bomkais and giley panjabis for jeans, tops, kurtis and even sweats. For the evening programme at the resort’s lounge-cum-sports bar, Footloose, guests opted for dressy kurta pyjamas and silk saris, other than the usual lounge look.

The entertainment: The Spice Dance Troupe matched steps to a Bengali folk song, a peppy remix of My heart will go on and the recent chartbuster Mit jaaye gham, jazzing up the ambience at Footloose. In between the dance performances, stand-up comedian Shakil Ansari took the mic. His rendition of Raj Kapoor’s Jeena isi ka naam hai had little Aayra Parsuramka applauding and exclaiming: “Kamaal kar diya!

The food: The lunch menu, according to executive chef Snehasis Sinha, “was purely local”. Kankrar Jhaal, Hanser Dimer Kalia, Parshe Shorshe, Tel Koi, Enchorer Dalna, Chhanar Mohima and Kosha Desi Murgi were some of the dishes on offer. “I really liked the egg, even though it came from a duck,” smiled 10-year-old Keshab Roy Choudhuri, who lives in Bangalore.

The evening was reserved for beer, whisky and the odd bottle of bubbly. Light bites included Gilafi Kebab, French fries and Chicken Tikka.

Guest speak: “It was a nice change to celebrate Poila Baisakh here with my family,” smiled Aayra’s mom Anjali.

Resort speak: “We have been celebrating Poila Baisakh at The Ffort since 1997, and it’s always been popular. Day trippers, from Haldia and other nearby areas, and people who want a weekend getaway dropped by,” said Manish K. Pandey, the resident manager.

Organiser speak: “Nabo Barsho is a fusion of the freshness in the past and the heritage in the present. I thank everyone for being here and wish them all a prosperous year ahead,” said Kaushik Chatterjee, EVP & COO (USL, RPC East)

DHAKAI AND DANCE, TAANT AND TABLA, IT WAS AN EVENING TO REMEMBER AT LAKE CLUB AND CALCUTTA ROWING CLUB, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE TELEGRAPH

What: Antiquity Music CDs in association with The Telegraph presents Nabo Barsho — A Fusion of Festivities at Lake Club.

The decor: A blend of a relaxed gathering and a soiree. A stage was set up on the lawns with a dance floor in front. Chairs and tables dotted the open space by the lake. Trees draped with fairy lights and streaks of party lights made for a festive ambience.
The mood: The family crowd bonded over food and drinks, enjoyed the music and then burned the dance floor.

The attire: Mostly saris for women — traditional Dhakais, Gadwals and kanthas vied with crepes and chiffons. Halter cholis and sexy sleeveless straps provided cool comfort and at the same time turned up the heat. Some men lived up to the Bangali theme, donning stylish kurtas and elaborate dhotis.

The music: Emceed by Madhumanti Maitra, the evening started with Indrani Sen belting out Rabindrasangeet and Bengali hits like Bhalobashi bhalobashi and Ja re ude ja re pakhi. Then Bangla band Bhoomi brought the crowd to its feet with Madhur madhur chauni, Jai ma Dugga, Kande shudhu mon, Shadher lau and Chand badani. From folk steps to freestyle, the hip-hop crowd missed nothing.

The food: Bijoli Grill set up a counter, offering Fish Fry, Chicken Lollypop and other light bites, plus Pulau and Mangsho. The club dinner menu went traditional with Luchi, Chholar Dal, Begun Basanti, Potoler Dolma, Doi Rui, Kosha Mangsho, Pulao and Rasogolla.

Club speak: “Some 1,500 people attended the party and everyone had a good time. The footfall was higher than previous years,” said Subrata Guha, the secretary.
Organiser speak: “Nabo Barsho is a fusion of tradition and modernity. It is a generation of stories. I wish everyone here at Lake Club a very happy Bengali New Year,” said Kaushik Chatterjee, EVP & COO (USL, RPC East).

What: Antiquity Music CDs in association with The Telegraph presents Nabo Barsho — A Fusion of Festivities at Calcutta Rowing Club.

The mood: Good food, free-flowing drinks, fusion music, adda and laughter made for a pleasant evening.

The decor: The packed club lawns were a charming sight with little tables laid out by the lake.

The attire: Mostly traditional, with the men sporting kurta-pyjamas and even the kochano dhuti while the ladies came in classy cottons, Dhakais and chanderis. Gold jewellery topped the accessory list; some silver and chunky neck and ear pieces caught the eye too. Many women came with dahlias, orchids as well as the usual bel phool and jui tucked in their tresses.

The entertainment: Tanmoy Bose and his mates entertained with their fusion beats — Baul And Beyond. Soon the audience was clapping along. Next up was Chhau dance by artistes from Purulia, followed by singer Sumana Nag, who belted out Raat baaki baat baaki, Humein aur jeene ki, as well as Bengali classics like Tumi je aamar and Baishakhe dekha holo dujonar.

The food: Wine at each table along with good ol’ scotch and vodka, teamed with finger food like Fish Punjabi, Cheese Ball Paneer and Chicken Reshmi Kebab. Dinner was all Bengali, from Luchi, Chholar Dal, Mangsho, Parshe Jhaal, Cheena Kalia, Aam Porar Sharbat, Kacha Aamer Chutney, Kulfi to Malpua.

Guest speak: “This is a perfect way to start the new year. The evening is a great combination of good adda, great entertainment and yummy food,” said Dina Roy, husband and son by her side.

Club speak: “It was a fun-filled evening, where everyone — from three to 80-year-olds — enjoyed themselves. The dinner and the entertainment was a hit,” said Chandan Roy Chowdhury, honorary secretary, CRC.

Organiser speak: “Nabo Barsho — a united recitation of modern antiquity. It’s a story of all generations. My heart- filled greetings to all at CRC on this auspicious day” said Kaushik Chatterjee, EVP & COO (USL, RPC East).

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