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Communalising culture

In school, we were made to memorise definitions of culture and civilisation, marking a relationship between the two.

The many shades of Boisabi

Pahela Baishakh is perhaps the sole festival that comes in every Bengali's life with a call to link the past with the present and welcome the New Year with rapturous rhythms of rejuvenation,...

A playful affair

The first day of the Bangla New Year is mostly when lathikhela (stick dance and fight) is organised in rural areas. Nowadays, lathikhela

April 14, 2017
April 14, 2017

Communalising culture

In school, we were made to memorise definitions of culture and civilisation, marking a relationship between the two.

April 14, 2017
April 14, 2017

The many shades of Boisabi

Pahela Baishakh is perhaps the sole festival that comes in every Bengali's life with a call to link the past with the present and welcome the New Year with rapturous rhythms of rejuvenation,...

April 14, 2017
April 14, 2017

A playful affair

The first day of the Bangla New Year is mostly when lathikhela (stick dance and fight) is organised in rural areas. Nowadays, lathikhela

April 14, 2017
April 14, 2017

The power of tolerance over bigotry

In the recent past, religious fundamentalists issued a fatwa against Pahela Baishakh celebrations, which is an integral part of our cultural heritage. Some even went to the extent of terming the...

April 14, 2017
April 14, 2017

A festivity of syncretic traditions

Pahela Baishakh is not only the country's largest secular festival but also part of a global celebration. It's part of a universal festivity of the New Year across different cultures and...