Celebrating the spirit of Kolkata
The spirit of Kolkata descended upon London as the Kolkata Festival took off with a bang and celebrated the music, movies and street food of the Bengali capital at Logan Hall, UCL.
Organised by India Now Events and Radio Bangla Net the one day extravaganza saw the entire Bengali community in London come together under one roof.
National award winning playback singer Rupankar Bagchi, acclaimed singer Paroma Banerjee, teen sensation Lagnajita and London based Bengali singer Sahana Bajpai mesmerised the audience with hit Bengali numbers. The festival also showcased ‘Choukaath – The Threshold’, a film by Raja Dasgupta, a short feature – Ryan and I by Sambit Banerjee and a documentary called ‘Aam O Amra’ by Sulagna Ghosh.
The event wasn’t only about having a good time with family and friends from the Bengali community, but also giving back to society with charity partners Kusum Foundation taking centre stage and spreading the fragrance of literacy in villages in Bihar. Founder of Kusum Foundation Dr Anand Kumar spoke about the work the charity has done so far, in helping rebuilding villages by imparting vocational training to the youth and increasing the employment levels in the state. Through their humble initiative they have so far changed the lives of over 3000 students in seven years.
The real star of the show was Surojoy Bhowmick, who created a mini Bengal in the heart of London with a great line-up of entertainment and some mouth watering Bengali street food.
Along with the entertainment, the audience got a chance to take home samples of Maa’s Choice Chapatti Atta, get an insight into properties offered by HDFC India Homes Loans and choose from a range of regional entertainment packages offered on Lebara Play.
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