Festivals add color to life and if it is a festival of colors like Holi, one may well imagine how it smudges all souls with joyousness. The famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore introduced Basant Utsav or Spring festival in Shantiniketan, Birbhum to recreate the magic of the joyous festival Holi. It is now an integral part of Bengali culture.
Basanta Utsav literally means the celebration of spring. Falgun and Chaitra according to the Bengali calendar is the season of Dol Utsav. During this season nature shows its own beauty with colorful flowers of Palash, Shimul etc. The beautiful tradition of celebrating spring festival in Bengal was first started by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. Actually, Basant Utsav is no different from Holi, except for the gracefulness with which it is celebrated.
Basanta Utsav is celebrated with immense fervor and zeal. On the day of Dol Purnima (Full moon day of Falgun), Basanta Utsav is celebrated. There is a procession of long musical dance in the morning followed by Tagores music, rhymes and dance by students of different Bhavanas (Departments). On that day Boys and girls, dressed in yellow (Basanti) color, welcome spring - the season of hope, in a very elegant manner.
Later in the day, on Basanta Utsav, the students, as well as the teachers, apply colored powders on each other. This powder is popularly called abeer (abhor). Following the coloring tradition, the entire premises of the university gets filled with the colors of abeer. A warm welcome is given to all the visitors and each of them is welcomed to join in this merrymaking festival.
The air is filled not only with a number of vivacious colors but also with the feeling of joy and hope, making the entire atmosphere delightful. In the evening one of the selected Dance Drama of Tagore is presented to visitors by the students of Sangit Bhavana, Visva-Bharati. Since its inception, Basanta Utsav has become a milestone in Bengali history and has also captured international interest that is proved by the presence of numerous foreign tourists during its celebration.
HISTORY OF VASANT UTSAV:
Rabindranath Tagore was the founder of the Vishwabharati University in Shantiniketan, a serene and tranquil town in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. On the occasion of Basant Utsav in Shantiniketan, Birbhum, the students of this university clad themselves in yellow colored clothes. The sight of all these youngsters adorned in such bright colored dresses is indeed beautiful. They entertain you with some spectacular performances. The cultural programme that they put up is simply superb. The function is very enjoyable and provides the students a great opportunity to reveal their talents. They sing beautiful songs and dance to the tune of great music in groups. You are sure to be impressed by their memorable display of qualities. They welcome the season of spring wholeheartedly.
BASANTA UTSAV ITINERARY:
- 2 Nights - 3 Days
8.00AM - Assemble at Esplanade Metro Gate No. 5, Kolkata
8.30 AM - Departure from Esplanade Metro Gate No. 5, Kolkata with Packed Breakfast
11.00AM - Halt at Shaktigarh for Tea Break
11.30AM - Departure from Shaktigarh
12.45PM - Reach the Tourist Lodge/Hotel
1.30PM - Lunch
3.00PM - To visit Kankalitala
6.00PM - Return from Kankalitala, Evening Tea and Snacks
9.00PM-Dinner at Tourist Lodge/Hotel.
9.00AM - Breakfast at the Tourist Lodge/Hotel
1.00PM - Lunch, After lunch, tourists will visit Mela ground on their own (1Km)
6.00PM -Tea and Evening snacks at the Tourist Lodge/Hotel
9.00PM - Dinner at the Tourist Lodge/Hotel.
8.00AM - Breakfast
11.30AM - Lunch at Tourist Lodge/Hotel
12.00 Noon - Start for the return journey to Kolkata
6.00PM - Reach Kolkata.
Package Includes: Transportation, Accommodation in Twin Sharing Room Basis, All Meals.
Timings and Itinerary may be changed due to unavoidable circumstances.
For Details: Please call 8777791032.