Cultural melange on Holi eve mesmerizes Kolkata audience
Kolkata/IBNS: It was a mesmerising evening where the participants soaked in the explosion of colours, songs and dance that symbolise Holi, the festival of multi-hued love marking the advent of spring.
Prabha Khaitan Foundation in association with FICCI YFlo and Anandabazar.com and ITC Sonar organized the colourful evening `Holi hai – Laglo je dol’ on the eve of Holi at the ITC Sundarbans Lawns.
The evening witnessed a melange of cultural events in which dignitaries and eminent Kolkatans participated.
Sangeeta Datta, Ehsaas Woman of London, and Esha Dutta, Ehsaas Woman of Kolkata, hosted the event which started off with readings of Tagore’s poetry by Srijato, followed by the performance of ‘Diksha Manjari’ - led by Ehsaas Woman of Kolkata Dona Ganguly.
The performance depicted the celebration of Holi reviving the spirit of Radha-Krishna Leela. The highpoint of the evening was vocal recitals and dance performances by Baithak UK; the Manipuri dance troupe ‘Anjika’ led by danseuse Priti Patel; ‘Nadam dance troupe’; and ‘Tanushree Shankar’s dance troupe.
Tejinder Singh, General Manager of ITC Sonar, and Shefali Rawat Agarwal, Chairperson Ficci YFlo felicitated the artistes with uttoriyos (a long scarf symbolising respect and honour).
It was a mesmerising event full of colourful pageantry. The audience and the performers were treated to special delicacies prepared to mark the occasion and included thandai, gujiya, kachoris and jalebis.
Holi Hai 2021 was observed in compliance with the safe distancing covid protocols and hygiene norms.
Prabha Khaitan Foundation organises various cultural and literary events in over 40 cities across India and also overseas. Some of the branded cultural and literary events are An Author’s Afternoon, Tete-a-tea, The Write Circle, Kalam, Kitaab, Lafz, Aakhar and others.