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Take a musical chill pill, say doctors

Tune in to doctors, not for medical advice, but for Bengali tracks.

The capital will usher in Bengali New Year 1419 with the three-day Bangla Mela on Zilla School grounds from April 13. The event boasts — among other things — a musical band of doctors named Byatikrami (loosely translated as ‘The Unusuals’).

The event is being hosted by Bengalee Association to showcase Bengal’s musical talents. The melodious medicos will make the audience groove on the inaugural day.

“The performing doctors will not charge a single penny,” said Subir Lahiri, a member of Bengalee Association.

This apart, capital-based singers on the second day will render soulful Rabindrasangeet, Nazrulgeeti, contemporary and classical Bengali songs. Bangla band, Sahajiya, will also regale the audience.

The gala will reach its climax on Day Three with dance drama Gouriya Nritya performed by Calcutta-based troupe Mitrayan.

“The performance will be directed by Banani Chakrovorty,” said Siddhartha J. Roy, the association’s convener. “Renowned Baul artiste Kalachand Darbesh will also perform,” added Roy.

“The fair will also boast great food, handicraft and handloom items,” said outfit secretary Asim Sarkar.

“We expect 12,000 visitors. We have made security and parking arrangements,” he added.

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