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- Four-day Basanti Puja at HEC township starts today

Good news for Bengalis.

Those, who had been lamenting that their favourite Bangla Mela has been deferred due to the Lok Sabha elections, will be happy to know that they do have a substitute in hand.

Bangiya Sanskritik Parishad is going to host cultural programme on four consecutive evenings, beginning Saturday, on the occasion of Basanti Puja on HEC township campus.

Bangla Mela, which is hosted around Poila Baishakh (Bengali New Year), has become quite popular among the Bengalis of Ranchi. They look forward to the performances by famous artistes from Calcutta.

The three-day fair is open to all. But, this time, it has been postponed indefinitely due to the upcoming elections.

Bangiya Sanskritik Parishad has been organising Basanti Puja since 2010 and cultural programmes are organised with main focus on local Bengali artistes. Local clubs/groups like Union Club and Library, Majlish, Angar and Bihan have also been invited. “A few artistes from Calcutta like vocalists Kinjal and Piu Biswas will also perform this time,” said Subhashis Mitra, convener of the cultural committee.

But, the convener feels that child artistes Souraja Roy and others will be the show stealers.

Among the popular local artistes are Rinku Banerjee, Paromia Choudhury, Amrita Chatterjee, Subhashis Mitra, Prabal Ganguly, Pallab Chakaborty, Sajal Banerjee Sharmishtha Das and Jhalak Roy Mullick who will render melodies on all four days.

“This is the fifth year Bangiya Sanskritik Parishad is organising Basanti Puja. Though a specific committee has been formed for the programme, everyone contributes their best to make it a success. We are overwhelmed by the response and support,” said Sukrit Bhattacharya, convener of the puja committee.

Those missing the Bangla mela programmes will surely find Basanti Puja programmes filling up the gap to a great extent.

“The venue may not be as convenient as Zilla School where Bangla Mela is organised every year, those interested will surely visit the HEC township,” said Anjali Majumdar, a homemaker who attends the fair regularly.

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