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Sunday , February 16 , 2014
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Music and masks, memories and mishti at Bagbazar festival

Day 2 of The Telegraph Bagbazar Festival at the Bagbazar Durga Puja ground saw around 20,000 Calcuttans enjoy a glimpse into Bengal’s cultural kaleidoscope. Pottery to patachitra, rabri to Rupankar — there was something for everyone. The festival is open on Sunday, 2pm onwards

She may be “a south Calcutta girl” but June has a soft corner for “north”. “I have lived in south Calcutta all my life but somehow I love north Calcutta since I have a lot of lovely memories. I remember coming to see the famous Bagbazar Sarbojanin puja with my family as a little girl. My father had a friend living near Ganesh Talkies so I loved coming here. Bagbazar Festival is a very good initiative by The Telegraph,” said the actress as she browsed the stalls at the fair. The Burdwan wood sculpture stall took June back to her childhood. “The wooden dolls remind me of dolls that I used to get from Nabadwip. I still have some of them.” June ended her visit on a sweet note with some “divine rabri” from Felu Modak, Rishra

Locket Chatterjee was there to share a few tips at a beauty workshop but stopped by at the art and craft stalls too. “These are dying arts, if we promote such artisans in fairs and festivals in urban areas, they can earn some money,” said the actress who swears by patachitra for home decor and a healthy diet along with yoga for her glowing skin

Text by Ratnalekha Mazumdar and Showli Chakraborty,
Pictures by Anindya Shankar Ray