Prabhat Sangit


Renaissance Artists and Writers Association, the cultural wing of Ananda Marga Pracharak Sangha, Vishakhapatnam and Chandana Dance Academy organised a cultural evening on Prabhat Sangit composed by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar at Vemana Mandiram on Saturday.

Central secretary of RAWA, Kolkata, Acharya Chitbodhanada inaugurating the programme lauded the composition, “songs of new dawn,” a collection of 5,018 songs in eight languages for its lyrical style and melody. The songs were composed in a short span of eight years.

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar has written more than 250 books on different subjects . RAWA singer Ananda Abhiisha Acharya sang devotional and classical songs of Prabhat Sangita. Music Teacher of DAV Centenary Public School of Ukkunagaram J. Dakshina Murthy presented Prabhat Sangit on violin.

 

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Saraswati Vandana…state level inter school competition events galore


07 isbs sarswathiThe 13th edition of Parle Saraswati Vandana – state level inter school competition organised by Parle Products Ltd – biscuits and confectionaries manufacturer – on the occasion of Saraswati Puja on Tuesday, witnessed participation from nearly 650 schools across West Bengal.

Instituted by Parle Centre for Excellence in 2002 with an objective to promote talent, the Parle Saraswati Vandana 2014, saw various interesting themes being presented by schools. The program involves rewarding the most creative ways that schools pay tribute to Goddess Saraswati, said Bhavin Panchamia, Product Manager, Parle.

Schools from Kolkata, Howrah, Siliguri, Durgapur, Asansol, Kharaghpur, Midnapore, Serampore, Chinsura, Chandannagar, Baruipur, Belghoria, Madhyamgram, Barrackpore, Burdwan, Bolpur, Krishnanagar, Behrampur, Malda, Ranaghat, and Raigunj participated in the event.

The panel of judges visited the participating schools. The winners will be selected and announced in the first week of March based on their creativity and originality in conducting various aspects of the Puja including pandal décor, idol, crowd, ambience, discipline, devotion, decoration, craft work and the overall appeal of the Puja. “Saraswati Puja is a big event and close to every student’s heart, as she is the goddess of knowledge and music. There is a lot of enthusiasm amongst schools to participate in the event.

At the onset, in 2002, we had less than 100 schools in Kolkata participating in the contest.

But then as years progressed, the event started getting more popular. Every year we scaled up the event and opened more centres across the state. We are covering the whole state of West Bengal and Parle Saraswati Vandana has now become a state-level competition. Last year we witnessed a participation of more than 600 schools,” Panchamia said.

There has also been a marked improvement in the level of creativity of students, which has got redefined over the years because of the kind of exposure they get.

“This is a platform where students go beyond their curriculum, and put to display their imagination and talent. They take care of each and every thing like lighting, idol, decoration, craft work, crowd, ambience, discipline and the overall appeal,” he said.

According to Jagannath Basu, one of the judges for the competition, schools showcased various themes including the mythological origin of Saraswati and stories on the Goddess of knowledge as described in the Puranas among others. “The creativity and skills of these children is beyond imagination. Some of the students exhibited great skills in decorating their school premises, some schools also organized science exhibitions and other such fairs,” he said.

Apart from giving cash prizes to its winners, the company will also conduct a Magazine competition where students will be given topics to write on.

 

Dip for Sankranti


Lakhs of pilgrims from all over the country gathered at Gangasagar, around 160 km south of Kolkata, to take a holy dip in the ocean at the confluence of the Ganga river and the Bay of Bengal on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, on Tuesday. At right, Sadhus offering prayers after the holy dip.— PHOTOS: AFP and PTI
Lakhs of pilgrims from all over the country gathered at Gangasagar, around 160 km south of Kolkata, to take a holy dip in the ocean at the confluence of the Ganga river and the Bay of Bengal on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, on Tuesday. At right, Sadhus offering prayers after the holy dip.— PHOTOS: AFP and PTI

Celebrating the monk


School students participate in a rally in Kolkata on Sunday on the occasion of the culmination of the year-long celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda across West Bengal on Sunday. The rally was organised by Gadadhar Ashram, a wing of Ramakrishna Mission.— Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty (Report on page 4; MANMOHAN’S CALL: PAGE 3) School students participate in a rally in Kolkata on Sunday on the occasion of the culmination of the year-long celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda across West Bengal on Sunday. The rally was organised by Gadadhar Ashram, a wing of Ramakrishna Mission.— Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

Amara Raja launches two new batteries


Amara Raja Batteries Limited has launched two new variants of batteries, 12 V120AH and 12V150AH in their Quanta range for their use in UPS applications. The new products are launched in seven Indian cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune, according to a press release

New Year’s eve celebrations at Hotel Green Park


Hotel Green Park will usher in the New Year by celebrating ‘100 years of Indian cinema’, at The Meadows. Kolkata-based dance troupe ‘Exposure’ along with singer David will entertain the guests and take them on a journey across different phases of Indian cinema.

The hotel’s regional executive chef has designed a special buffet dinner which will include vegetarian and non-vegetarian snacks counter, salad bar, and tandoori ‘khazana’. The main course will have Chinese, continental, Hyderabadi and ‘Dakshin’ cuisines and have an array of desserts. Apart from this, the hotel is also organising a candlelit dinner buffet at its restaurants ‘Tulips’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’.