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Talent test from dance to drawing

Jamshedpur’s heritage outfit The Bengal Club is set to host its annual cultural extravaganza, comprising drawing, dance, recitation and musical contests, from January 4 to 13.

The 62nd edition of the event, the oldest-of-its-kind in Jamshedpur, will be organised on the club’s Sakchi premises and is expected to see participation of 200 people.

There will be contests in 12 categories — sit-and-draw, dance, recitation, tabla, Rabindrasangeet, Nazrulgeeti, instrumental, Bengali modern songs, ghazal, kheyal, bhajan and Shyamasangeet.

Sources at the club said the annual event was aimed at fostering creativity among the younger generations.

“The Bengal Club is 90 years’ old and we started organising this cultural event in 1952. Back then, it was an unmatched platform to showcase talent. Times have changed and reality shows have taken a toll on the event’s popularity. But, we still organise it to keep the age-old tradition alive,” said Bikas Mukherjee, president of the club.

Participants have been divided in various age groups. Organisers have earmarked a special group for those over 50 years to provide the elderly an opportunity to enjoy the cultural fest.

Each contest will have its own set of rules. While participants in instrumental contest have to play tunes of Rabindrasangeet on guitar or keyboard, their counterparts in tabla will be judged on rhythm.

“We have been organising the event in keeping with Indian musical traditions. We believe the meet will be interesting,” said Ashim Kumar Dey, joint secretary (social) of the club.