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EZCC’S Music and Dance Festival Entertains Thousands

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The 9-day Parv Bharatiyam festival of music and dance, organized by the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC), Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, at the Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, Salt Lake, Kolkata, ended on January 1. The festival featured classical music and dances, folk music and dances, contemporary dances, Rabindrasangeet, Bengali adhunik and modern songs presented by a large number of well-known artistes.

Presented at Parv Bharatiyam were a sitar recital  by Shakir Khan, a Hindustani classical vocal recital by Ustad Rashid Khan, an evening of Rabindrasangeet and Bengali adhunik songs featuring Sraboni Sen and Srikanto Acharya, Baul songs by Purnadas Baul and others, ‘Bhushondir Mathe’—a presentation by the Calcutta Choir, a jugalbandi by Haimanti Shukla and Avishek Lahiri, a flute recital by Pt. Ronu Mazumdar, modern songs by Jojo and folk songs by Abhijit Basu.

Several well-known classical dancers and their troupes took part. They included Priti Patel, Sharmila Biswas, V.R. Venkit, Dr. Mahua Mukhrjee, Dr. Malabika Mitra and Anita Sharma. Their recitals apart, there was an evening of contemporary dances presented by the Mamata Shankar Ballet Troupe, and another of classical and folk dances presented by the Barnali Tance Troupe of Assam.

At the festival, colorful folk dances were presented outdoor every evening—Bodo, Rava, Siddigoma, Bihu, Kushan, Sambalpuri, Badhai, Narta, Ghumar, Kashmiri, Rai, Chhau and others. Baul singers, magicians, Bohurupees and other performers added to the entertainment of those present.