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Manna Dey City’s balladeer

In the past few decades Kolkata has changed beyond recognition. New glitzy coffee shops have sprung up in shopping malls and among highrises which have replaced the shabby market places, single or double storeyed residen

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RODDA CASE – A DARING ROBBERY

Every day hundreds and thousands of people thronging Ganesh Chandra Avenue come across four half bust statues installed opposite Hind Cinema. But they seldom ever pause to think whom these belong to. The busts are of fou

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TAGORE & SWAMIJI – A Bond Hitherto Unknown

The Dutta-household at Simla and Tagore's ancestral residence at Jorasanko were within a short distance but the two illustrious personalities – Rabindranath and Swami Vivekananda - despite growing up in such close prox

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Poila Baisakh

Poila Baisakh is primarily a festivity once associated with the business class among the Bengalis. It was the benias of the foreign rulers who celebrated the Bengali New Year with pomp and gaiety. During the early days o

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FESTIVAL OF COLOURS IN COLONIAL CALCUTTA

Holi or Dol is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun, going by the Bengali calendar. It assumed a greater significance in Bengal since it is also the birthday of the Vaishnava saint, Sri Chaitanya. In B

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SWAMI VIVEKANANDA’S Ties with Kolkata

Swami Vivekananda, another prodigious son of Kolkata spent his whole childhood and youth in the lanes and bylanes of this city which shaped him for his future calling. Not unlike Tagore he was born in an affluent family

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BODY BUILDING: A THING OF PAST?

In one of the most remarkable scenes from Jai Baba Felunath by iconic director, Satyajit Ray, a body builder displayed his muscles to the ace detective and his companions at a hotel in Kashi. It was really funny to watch

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TAGORE & THE TEST OF TIME

On 13 March Rabindranath wrote: "Aji hote satabarsha pore ke tumi poricho boshi mor kabitakhani koutuhal bhore (A hundred years hence, who are you reading my poem with such inquisitiveness?)" The poet was only 35 years o

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A Season for Music

Kolkata's winter cultural calendar is incomplete without nightlong Classical music conferences. The city does boast of a rich heritage as Calcutta was the only place where men from different walks of life could listen to

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Re-making Music

Purists often frown at the ongoing trend of “remake” and “remix” of original popular songs but its exponents are even tinkering with Rabindrasangeet. The public has not been particularly aghast. Tarun Goswami del

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Melodies of the Past

The fifties and the sixties were truly the golden era of music in Bengal. Television was still some years away and musical soirees and live concerts were the popular source of entertainment. Music lovers eagerly waited f



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