Basanta Utsav at Shantiniketan

Holi is one of the biggest festivals of India marked by color, gaiety, social gatherings and parties. Shantiniketan in Bengal, the birthplace of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore attracts scores of tourists, as the entire city observe Holi played with Abir coating on a large scale cultural extravaganza based on the songs, poetry and dance of Tagore.

The festival of Holi or Basant Utsav is an Indian festival celebrated primarily in the eastern part of India in early March, and is a party to teach the joy of life and the triumph of good over evil. As per the Gregorian calendar in India March is the month of the full moon, it is called Phalgun and is also the prelude to spring. It is a very ancient feast where all are kissing and hugging each other, forgetting the animosity for the triumph of love.

Three days of celebrations to spend with the inhabitants of this rural town about six hours by train from Kolkata, including ancient and precious dance-theater performances such as Chhau, a World Heritage festival, or those of Baul mystics. Citizens welcomes tourists and visitors with a spartan tent set up specially.

The otherwise quiet city always welcomes the feast of Vasanta Utsav, Spring festival with particular enthusiasm, according to the tradition inaugurated by the Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore. Students and teachers of universities here wanted by the poet, often dressed for the occasion of yellow and adorned with garlands of flowers, arranged in addition to the usual chromatic exchange also lively cultural programs based dances, folk music and public readings of the work the poet, involving welcomes foreign visitors and in the activities and celebrations.

We went into town, at Santiniketan, to celebrate with hundreds and hundreds of people from the surrounding areas, or from Calcutta, they decided to take a little drive out of town in the country, to spread the colored powder at Tagore's home. What's different in Santiniketan festivities than the rest of India? In the other parts of India it is much more violent, in the sense that because anything goes at Holi, everyone has the excuse to get crazy and ready to form street gangs to fill anyone with the appropriate liquidator loaded with colored water, to lose sight of the chemical to people throwing colored powders, and palpate the girls scream.

In Shantiniketan through an exchange of colored strokes, it was a nice local tradition a bit pushy in the long run for the local counterpart was often the culmination of a wet dream. I drank bhang lassi and of course, there and then did not do much to me. Students and university teachers, dress for the occasion of yellow and are adorned with garlands of flowers, arranging meetings with lively cultural dances, music and public readings of works by Tagore, involving foreigners and visitors in the celebrations.

In this time India is a carnival of colors where people spend all there time to celebrate with family and friends by throwing colored powder Gulal throughout after drinking the famous bhang a glass of milk with marijuana. In the mythological sense is revoked Prahlad escape from the pyre where his father, the demon wanted Hiranyakashipu burning and destruction of the demon sister Holika; Holi means in fact burning. In other words, the victory of good over evil.

During this festival people throw colored powder on him, and they all run with the faces and clothes of many colors including pink and blue dominate. During this period, India is a carnival of colors and the aim is to have fun and love each other. It is also a symbolic act that signifies the end of the winter and welcomes the arrival of spring, a massive demonstration that breaks the monotony inundates the City of colors and there are no social classes.


Mats said...

Great shot! Thanks for sharing.

....Petty Witter said...

So many wonderful festivals to be shared, thanks for mentioning this one.

anthony stemke said...

The photographs are so beautiful, so colourful. This is another hol iday that is new to me.
Thank You.

Kungsfiskaren said...

Nice shot, lovely colours.
Greetings from Sweden