Bengali New Year in Lucknow will start with music

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Soumi Ghosh’s folk songs will be played at the Bengali Club in Lucknow to mark the Bengali New Year. Traditional Bengali food and cultural activities will be featured at the event.On Sunday, April 14, acclaimed vocalist from Kolkata Soumi Ghosh and her band will resound with Bangla folk melodies, ushering in the 1431st Bengali New Year on a musical note in the 130-year-old Bengali Club here.Arun Kumar Banerjee, president of the Bengali Club, said that during the time when the majority of Bengalis lived in Sunderbagh, Model House, Shivaji Marg, Nazar Bagh, Maqboolganj, Pathak Road, Risaldar Park, and other surrounding areas, there was a place called Prabhat Pheri where people would sing Atul Prasad Sen hits like “Nutan Barash Nutan Barash Anchale O Ki Dhaka.”

Even though Bengalis are now dispersed around Lucknow, the group has been working to keep ties between the various Bengali communities by hosting an annual musical celebration to celebrate the Bengali New Year. According to him, Bengalis enjoy eating traditional Bengali food on this particular day, which includes rice, five different kinds of “bhaja,” “shukto,” and desserts like “payesh” (kheer), “mishti doi,” and “rasogolla.”In Kali Bari Mandir, people do puja while donning new attire. In their commercial establishments, Bengali merchants open fresh account books (halkhata), according to Shankar Bhowmick, general secretary of the club. On the club’s grounds, the Bengali Club & Youngmen’s Association, Lucknow, will celebrate Poila Boishak, or Bengali New Year. On Sunday, the event will begin at 8:00 p.m.

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