Festivities galore

Utsav will be celebrating Durga Puja from September 30 to October 4 at Shree Kala Mantap, JP Nagar.

 On September 30, a talented Bengali artist from Chennai shall take the audience through nostalgic moments with Puratani Gaan, a bouquet of  Baithaki, Tappa and Agamoni songs. The band Bandishe will perform on October 1. On the same day, there will be a unique classical and semi-classical dance programme Nritya, an invocation of Shiva Parvati and Shri Ram, the one who performed Akalbodhon, followed by Rituranga based on Tagore’s songs.

Bengali cultural programmes are not complete without plays and this year too members are going to present a hilarious play Adal-Baadal by Biru Mukhopadhaya. On October 3, a solo-rendition shall be presented depicting the contrasting perspectives from Tagore and Michael Madhusudan Dutt about Bhanumati — queen of Duryodhan.  

For the finale, Shreya Guhathukurta, a leading new generation artiste from Kolkata, will present Tagore songs. As per Bengali folklore, on the day of Mahashashti, Goddess Durga comes to her mother’s home after a long year with her family. Keeping with the tradition, on this auspicious evening, Utsav members will perform a traditional Bengali ritual called Devi Baran to welcome the Goddess.
Dolls’ world

Kamalini, the craft store of the Crafts Council of Karnataka, is exhibiting gombe (dolls) and deepa (lamps) for Dasara. The store has a variety of handcrafted dolls, toys and lamps. 

Painted woodware dolls from Kinhal, Northern Karnataka ranging from gods and goddesses, folk deities, decorated cows, bulls and horses, women engaged in rural activities and toys like kiskal gombe and ambekal Ganesha are available here. 

Raja rani dolls from red sanders wood and vegetable dyed Dasavatara dolls from Andhra Pradesh will also be featured. 

Deepalaxmi lamps  and decorated terracotta lamps are also available. The venue is 37,  Sri Bhooma, 17th Cross, Malleshwaram. 

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