Basanta Utsav, the Spring Festival, also known as the Festival of Colors and popularly known as Holi. Holi was always my favorite festival until I got infected with Chicken Pox and my Holi went to a waste two years back. Since then I did not even touch the abir, powdered color. This year I wanted to visit Shantiniketan, as I never visited and also the Basanta Utsav is famous there. On further discussion with my Dada (Anirban Saha), I came across the event in Jorasanko Thakur Bari (which is the birthplace of the great poet Rabindranath Tagore), which is known as Boshonto Utshob and the students of Rabindra Bharati put up their performances. Being a convent educated student I am a bit ignorant towards the Bengali language, I do not hate it but the spellings confuse me a lot thus resulting in poor marks in Bengali. My dada made me listen to Rabindra Sangeet, but I did not understand a bit of it, but then he described each line and explained what each word meant. While understanding, the songs were like a beautiful picture encrypted into beautiful words. We reached Jorasanko Thakur Bari at around 2:00PM and my Dada was taking me on a small tour around the Thakur Bari as the celebration started a bit late. Frankly speaking, I was tense or better to say I was a bit ill at ease after seeing so many people and photographers all around, obviously dada calmed me down and the program started at around 3:45PM.
The program began with a procession of teachers and students of the Rabindra Bharati coming out from the thakur dalan, empty place in the center with buildings all around, to the field where the celebration was to take place. In the background it began with the song:
খোল দ্বার খোল…
লাগলো যে দোল.”
লেগেছে বনে বনে “
The program ended with the song:
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