Kolkata: Festivals add color to life and if it is a festival of colors like Holi, one may well imagine how it smudges all souls with joyousness. The famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore introduced Basant Utsav or Spring festival in Shantiniketan, Birbhum to recreate the magic of the joyous festival Holi. It is now an integral part of Bengali culture.
Basanta Utsav literally means the celebration of spring. On Monday the students of Rabindra Bharati Universirty, performed their colourful much awaited celebration ‘ Basanta Utsab’.
Basanta Utsav is celebrated with immense fervor and zeal. There is a procession of long musical dance in the morning followed by Tagores music, rhymes and dance by students of different Bhavanas (Departments). On that day Boys and girls, dressed in yellow (Basanti) color, welcome spring – the season of hope, in a very elegant manner.
The beautiful tradition of celebrating spring festival in Bengal was first started by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. Actually, Basant Utsav is no different from Holi, except for the gracefulness with which it is celebrated.
Later in the day, on Basanta Utsav, the students, as well as the teachers, apply colored powders on each other. This powder is popularly called abeer (abhor). Following the coloring tradition, the entire premises of the university gets filled with the colors of abeer. A warm welcome is given to all the visitors and each of them is welcomed to join in this merrymaking festival.
The air is filled not only with a number of vivacious colors but also with the feeling of joy and hope, making the entire atmosphere delightful. Since its inception, Basanta Utsav has become a milestone in Bengali history and has also captured international interest that is proved by the presence of numerous foreign tourists during its celebration.
The sight of all these youngsters adorned in such bright colored dresses is indeed beautiful. They entertain with some spectacular performances. The cultural programme that they put up is simply superb. The function is very enjoyable and provides the students a great opportunity to reveal their talents. They sing beautiful songs and dance to the tune of great music in groups. In this way the students gather to welcome the season of Spring and kolkatans witnessed of this program and welcome the season of spring wholeheartedly.