The Festival of Bengal is being held for the first time in Delhi, from December 23 to December 26, 2006.
The Festival will showcase the rich, vibrant culture of both Bangladesh and West Bengal. The Festival will provide an excellent opportunity for Delhiites to enjoy films, food, art, crafts and various cultural programmes. Tara TV Network is organising the festival.
The festival also showcase six telefilms by young and talented directors, works of Bengali artists, traditional, modern as well as folk music, play reading by prominent personalities and cuisine of Bengal and Darjeeling tea.
TARA telefilms, which have won several national and international accolades, have provided young and talented directors a platform to experiment, to choose their own subject, and be innovative and individualistic in their approach.
The Tara Telefilm will showcase such six telefilms. Devi (Goddess) directed by Abhijit Dasgupta is the saga of a woman who gets abducted during partition and then returns to her husband. It portrays how a chauvinistic society marginalises women. The leading actors are Neena Gupta and Rajesh Sharma.
Asamapto (The Unfinished) starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Indrani Halder is a story of a call girl who gives shelter to an old man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
A rather curious relationship develops between them and the young doctor who arrives on an emergency call.
The other telefilms which are to be showcased are E To Romharshak Dakatir Gappo (Story of a Spine–chilling Heist), Madur (The Mat), Kaal (The Crumbling Era) and Parambrata Chattopadhyaya- directed Sharote Aaj (Days of Autumn). Each film show will be followed by interaction with director and actors of the film.
Prominent singers like Shreya Guhathakurta, Ritika Sahni, Khairul Anam Shakeel and others will present various kinds of Bengali music like Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Geeti etc. There will also be Baul Folk Singers from Bangladesh.
The Art, Craft & Photography Exhibition, to be inaugurated by Satish Gujral, will be a perfect reflection of exquisite art of Bengal and Bangladesh. Most of the arts and crafts exhibits would be on sale providing with a rare opportunity to collect them.
The Haanrir Khabar Food Festival at Fountain Lawn, India International Centre will be the centre of attraction for all visitors, both Bengali and non-Bengali, to sample the best of Bengali and Bangladeshi cuisine.