Kolkata: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the seven-day-long Bangla Sangeet Mela 2016 at Nazrul Mancha on Wednesday. About 1,800 singers and 300 musicians, including those from USA, UK and Bangladesh, are going to perform during the musical extravaganza, from December 15 to 21.
The Chief Minister also gave away the Sangeet Mahasamman and Sangeet Samman awards to eminent artistes. She also inaugurated the renovated Rabindra-Okakura Bhawan, an auditorium in Salt Lake.
This is the first time when the Bangla Sangeet Mela is being held in four places in north Bengal, including in Kurseong, Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Siliguri, simultaneously.
In Kolkata, the week-long programme will be held at ten different venues, – Rabindra Sadan, Rabindra Sadan Mukta Mancha, Sisir Mancha, Madhusudan Mancha, Madhusudan Mukta Mancha, Hedua Park, Deshapriyo Park, Phani Bhusan Vidyabinode Yatra Mancha, Rabindra-Okakura Bhavan and Moharkunja. The programmes at all the venues will start from 3 pm and end at around 8 pm on all the seven days.
On the eve of Bangla Sangeet Mela, there will also be programmes at 28 schools, colleges and localities under the banner of ‘Para-e Para-e Sangeet Mela’. Eminent artistes whose health didn’t permit them to travel to the 10 venues will be performing in the localities closest to their residences.
There will also be a discussion on the topic ‘Bangla Sangeet-e Biswa Sangeet-er Prabhab’ (effect of international music on Bengali music) on Decemeber 17 at Rabindra Mukta Mancha, an open-air venue situated at the newly beautified area in the Nandan-Rabindra Sadan complex. There will also be an exhibition in the memory of legendary artistes at Gaganendra Pradarshanshala.