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BAGA Honors Tagore & Nazrul At Nabo Barsha Celebrations

June 2004
BAGA Honors Tagore & Nazrul At Nabo Barsha Celebrations

BAGA Honors Tagore & Nazrul At Nabo Barsha Celebrations

The Bengali Association of Greater Atlanta (BAGA), a 26-year old establishment dedicated to the celebration of Indian culture (particularly from Bengal) and promotion of friendship and cooperation between other organizations of Indian origin, celebrated Bengali New Year's day (Nabo Barsha) and Kabi Jayanti (celebration of poets) on May 8, at the Shamrock Middle School in Decatur.

Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam are two of the internationally known poets of Bengali origin, and they were both born in the month of May. With Kabi Jayanti, BAGA paid tribute to both of these famous poets by celebrating their work. BAGA also paid tribute to all Bengali authors, past and present.

The program was dedicated to the honor of and started with fond remembrance of Dr. Jayanti Lahiri who was a long time resident of Atlanta and a well wisher of BAGA. Dr. Lahiri recently retired as a professor of physics at the Southern Polytechnic and State University. The speakers remembered her and her family's contribution and involvement in the local community, and expressed their condolences and sympathies toward her family. After paying tribute to her departed soul and observing a moment of silence, the evening started off with a spectacular performance by the noted Kuchipudi performer Sashikala Penumurthi and her students, who danced to the tunes of popular Bengali songs penned by Tagore and Islam. The dance performance was then followed by songs and recitations from works of Tagore and Islam. Next, an amazing dance drama, "Chandalika", also written by Tagore, was performed by local artists. "Chandalika" depicted the story of a young woman who was a victim of India's caste system. The dance drama depicted how she found the true meaning of life, love and wisdom. After vocal performances by several local Bengali talents (both of Indian and Bangladeshi origin), the night ended with a play titled "Sandhyatara", written by a noted Bengali theater personality, Manoj Mitra, and performed by local artists.

A major highlight of the program was a video presentation of the newly created BAGA theme song " Ek Chotto Bangla Gorechi" (We have built a small Bengal).

BAGA had earlier held a child art competition to design the invitation card for the program. The winning entry was chosen for the card design.

The participants and the attendees of the program were treated with mouth-watering food and delicious sweets and had an overall enjoyable evening.

-Molly Paul


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