Monday, December 5, 2016

Poetry Festival, Mela and Book Fair at New Town

I held a review meeting yesterday Sunday regarding preparations for the ensuing New Town Mela, New Town Book Fair and National Poetry Festival, all scheduled to start on 23-24 Dec 2016. It was decided that an MoU will be signed among Hidco, NKDA and Boi Mela Committee and that Asit Chatterjee, Joint Secretary UD, Anup Matilal Curator RT and Prasanta Maji Administrator Swapna Bhor would be govt nominees.

The New Town Mela would be held on the Mela Ground near Rabindra Tirtha. A special pedestrian entry and a Bus Stop near the main gate is being arranged by Hidco. The Mela will showcase cultural functions from Durgotsav Committees every day and attempts are being to bring in sponsored artistes as well. The Mela is being organised by NKDA.

The Boi Mela, normally held in February for last two years, has been preponed to synergise with the Mela so that more people can have the choices. Along with the Boi Mela, scheduled to be held in Swapna Bhor (Senior Citizen Park) a 3-day National Poetry Festival is also being organised for the first time in Swapna Bhor by the Boi Mela Committee in collaboration with Hidco and NKDA. This will be a unique attempt to strengthen Kolkata's image as the Cultural Hub of India.Invitations to prominent poets from within and outside the state are being sent out. There would be many other activities as well.
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Asian Age dt 5 Dec 2016

Millennium Post dt 5 Dec 2016
Bartaman dt 5 Dec 2016

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