বাংলার দশেরা – রাবণ কাটা

ravan kata, bengal dusshera, rabon kata

মল্লভুম বিষ্ণুপুরের বিখ্যাত ” রাবন – কাটা নাচ ” ও একটা লোকসংস্কৃতি।বিষ্ণুপুরের অস্থলে কাতান্ধারে রঘুনাথ জিউ – এর সামনে এই নাচটি শারদীয়া উৎসবের এক বিশেষ উপসংহার হিসেবে বরাবর অনুষ্ঠিত হয়।বিষ্ণুপুরের নিমতলায় অবস্থিত রঘুনাথ জিউ এর অস্থলে রাম, সিতা, লক্ষ্মণ বিগ্রহ প্রতিষ্ঠিত হয়ে পুজিত হয়ে আসছেন সুদুর অতীত থেকে। এখানেই রাবন কাটা নাচ অনুষ্ঠিত হয়। নাচের বিষয়বস্তু হল – রাম রাবনের যুদ্ধ […]

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The Holi of my imaginations,

holi, nandgaon, srivatsan sankaran

The word “Holi” creates vivid imagery in our minds. Especially if you are a Bengali who has grown up listening to either Ranga Hashi Rashi Rashi, Oshoke Polashe, Ranga nesha… or Khelbo Holi Rong Debo na, Tai kokhono hoye? And must have once definitely giggled while playing Holi with a select few friends or perhaps a cousin when they come […]

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Experience at the Naropa Festival 2016

Naropa Palace, Naropa festival

Blogging about culture gives me enough opportunity to read, experience and learn. After I photographed the Chham dance in Sikkim, Buddhism has gradually formed a major aspect of my life and travel. I’ve always looked forward to the kindness in the conversation with the Lamas; have even picked up a thought or two from them. It is my privilege to […]

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Saga Dawa at Gangtok Sikkim.

saga dawa

If the Almighty restricts you from something, always know for a fact that something better awaits. I kept asking God, “What’s up? Why did you stop my North Sikkim trip? What would I do in Gangtok the entire day tomorrow?” Inside my head, I kept screaming, “Seriously? THIS much rain, God?” Almost crestfallen, I strolled down the hill trying to […]

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10 shades of Holi in Vrindavan & Mathura

Holi Widow in Vrindavan

Holi in Vrindavan & Mathura | Arghyadeep Roy and Anirban Saha | 27.03.2016  Radhe Radhe.   The Holi in Vrindavan and Mathura is already spoken much about on all travel and news portal. We could hardly add anything new to it. We could perhaps share our experience and we must say it was great! For those who still believe that Holi […]

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Two hands full of Durga Puja stories.

Durga Puja spells trouble in my life. A lot of people asks just too many questions about my work, hair fall or for the lack of any other topic – when I plan to get married! Outside my home, it is chaotic with a hundred thousand people vocally exhibiting their enthusiasm, abusively bargaining or busy scolding people around. I still do not understand […]

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Kayged festival and Cham Dance in Ralang monastery, Sikkim

  The Tibetan dance “Cham” is quite familiar with people fascinated by the ever varying Indian culture. However, very few resources in English exist on the internet.  Having got the slightest hint of the supposed magnificence of this dance form, I wanted to photograph it. Related Posts:10 shades of Holi in Vrindavan & Mathura10 thoughts to share today. #Personal20 Kolkata based photographers you […]

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Magen David Synagogue and 5 things about Calcutta’s Jews.

magen david synagogue kolkata, jewish synagogues in Kolkata

I had no proper plans made for this year’s Christmas. Tired of resting, I boarded a taxi and asked the driver to take me around, perhaps to a less crowded church. I was busy searching for some church over the internet when the taxi driver stopped the car, in front of a well decorated small Catholic church. Strikingly, to its […]

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Diwali with Missionaries of Charity and Flying Lanterns.

I wish you all a very happy festive season. Warm greetings on this auspicious occasion of Mahavir Nirvan Diwas, Kali Pujo, Naraka Chaturdashi and what is popularly known as “Diwali”.   While most of us are celebrating “Diwali” across religions, regions, age groups and while most of my friends are shooting candles and Diyas or else partying, a few friends […]

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Gajan festival in West Bengal

gajan festival

Photograph #1: The street skit showing the dance of Lord Shiva. (Gajan | www.anirbansaha.com) A tale of belief:  Gajan and Charak.  –          Anirban Saha & Sourav Halder, Krishnadebpur’ 2014. Read the Bengali translation by Tomoghno Saraswati here. A temple courtyard full of people watching performers depicting Gods. I had this wide eyed young boy beside me, who would smile at me […]

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