Monday, 30 November 2015

Tagore Songs Rediscovered by Priyam and Ritapa

Love as defined by Tagore represents eternal truth of life. Aitrayee Sarkar in search of that imperishable feeling with Kokhon Je Basanta Gelo 

Talking about spring just ahead of winter is a bit unusual. But unlike the six seasons of the year the eternal songs of Tagore know no boundary at all. So how does it matter whether the spring is there in reality or not.

Ten songs composed by a young poet full of enthusiasm and deep rooted emotion portray a sense of aura about life. It’s a journey from the freshness of young love towards the profound sense of endless realization. All the songs had been composed at the beginning of the 19th century. Time has gone by but the appeal of these songs is still impeccable. They inspire us to move ahead towards the road to salvation beyond academic analysis and critical dissection.

We are talking about an album, ‘Kokhon Je Basanta Gelo’, by real life couple Priyam Mukhopadhyay and Ritapa Bhattacharya. Singer Swagatalaxmi has played piano for the album. The whole album has been planned and scripted by Sumita Samanta.

The album is combination of four duets and six solo songs, all belong to the category of love and devotion. But as always, here sketching line between love and separation is difficult. The album begins with ‘Gahana Kusumo Kunjo Majhe’ (within a park of lusty flowers) from Bhanusimgher Padabali. It’s followed by four solos ‘Nirobo Rajani Dekho’, ‘Tare Deho Go Ani’, ‘Sakhi Bhabona Kahare Bole’ and ‘Tui Re Basanta Samiran’. Then comes another duet ‘Sokoli Phuralo Swapana Pray’ and couple of solos—‘Aamar Praner Pore’ and ‘E Parabase Robe Ke’. The album ends with two duet songs—‘E Shudhu Oloso Maya’ and ‘Kokhon Je Basanta Gelo’. The overall arraying of the album completes the journey called love—from surge of senses to the eternal truth of life.
The style of rendition of both Priyam and Ritapa is apt for the songs selected. Their real life chemistry has played a strong role in the album. It seems the two are romancing with love itself. The musical arrangement is also appropriate for the occasion and presence of Swagatalaxmi has made the album stand out in the crowd.

Listeners can get overwhelmed with the concept of love as seen by the young poet. One can say that there is nothing surprisingly new in the album but like any other universal phenomenon Tagore deserves a timeless discovery. 'Kokhon Je Basanta Gelo' represents that in true sense. 

Kokhon Je Basanta Gelo 
Saptarshi Prakashan
Available at Dolly's, Abar Baithak and Subarnarekha (Shantiniketan) 
₹ 125 

The writer is an editor of WebPressClub

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Musical Genesis with Coffee

Our CorrespondentKolkata: A musical morning with a hot cup of coffee is the best way to celebrate a pre-winter weekend. And if the music belongs to the roots of life then one cannot ask for more. Café Abar Baithak has gifted a similar pure sun rise with Baulgaan, Mushidi and Fakiri music on 22 November. It was a prelude to the upcoming two-day Manush Mela to be held at the Patuli ground in South Kolkata from 5 December.

Gamcha Baba (left), Samrat Fakir (middle) with Photke Baba
The event featured three extraordinary traditional performers—Gamcha Baba, Photke Baba and Samrat Fakir. In a two-hour long programme the trio has exhibited their skill in full swing. They sang their heart out to impress the audience who also were in no mood to be left behind. They enjoyed the soulful music thoroughly and even participated in the performance later.
The whole performance was interactive. Beginning from the lyrics to the physical gesture of the three performers were simple yet attractive.

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

ER to Run Special Trains for Rash Yatra Utsav

Our CorrespondentKolkata: To cater to the rush of pilgrims during Rash Yatra Utsav at Nabadwip Dham and Shantipur area, Eastern Railway will run one pair of EMU Special train for couple days, each between Sealdah & Shantipur station in Sealdah Division and between Bandel & Katwa station in Howrah Division.

The special train in Sealdah Division will run in the nights of 26/27 & 27/28 November, leaving Sealdah at 21:06 Hrs and departing Shantipur at 00:10 Hrs.. This train will stop at all stations en route. Moreover, for the convenience of the pilgrims visiting Shantipur and adjacent areas during the festival, 12 Up & 11 Down EMU locals will provide additional stoppage at Bathna Krittibas Halt station of Kalinarayanpur-Shantipur section for four days from 25 to 28 November.

In Howrah Division, one pair of EMU special train will be running between Bandel & Katwa stations on 25 & 26 November, for pilgrims visiting Nabadwip Dham and Dainhat area on the occasion of Rash Purnima fair. This special train will start from Bandel at 16:45 Hrs and from Katwa at 20:18 Hrs on those days and will stop at all stations en route.

Focal Theme Country Bolivia for the 40th IKBF

Our CorrespondentKolkata: The International Kolkata Book Fair (IKBF) 2016 will start from 27 January. It will be inaugurated on 25th of January in the presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.  The focal theme for this year’s fair is Bolivia, signifying 50 years of immortal struggle by Che Guevara against Imperialism. Another important highlight of this year's fair will be the 3rd Kolkata Literature Meet which will start from 4 February. A combination of distinguished writers, directors, historians, theatre personalities and pets will grace the Literature Festival.

Tridib Chatterjee, General Secretary, Publishers & Booksellers Guild (PBG), told the newsmen that IKBF is the most revered and cherished festival in Eastern India. The 40th IKBF will witness the highest number of national participation along with glorified presence of many foreign countries making it a culturally diverse event. He also informed that France has initially confirmed its participation in IKBF 2016 as the focal theme country. However, in September they had withdrawn their name due to certain shortcomings and later, Bolivia came forward and confirmed their presence as theme country, Chatterjee mentioned.  He, on behalf of PBG, thanked the book lovers, Embassies, booksellers and publishers and the Government of West Bengal for their support and contribution to IKBF and said, PBG is looking forward to host another successful innings for the most sought after event of the year in Kolkata, the cultural capital of the world.

Chatterjee also added that last year there was a total footfall of over 20 lakh, and book worth Rs. 20 crore was sold.
This year there will be more than 600 general book stalls along with 200 stalls for little magazines. The IKBF 2016 will witness the revered presence of new countries like Guatemala, Norway and China. The festival days will be elevated further with the participation of UK, USA, France, Japan and Latin America etc.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Cinepolis to Have 400 Screens by 2017

Our CorrespondentKolkata: Mexican multiplex operator Cinepolis will have 400 screens operational in India by 2017. It plans to add around 300 more screens in the next 7-8 years.

Javier Sotumayor, managing director, Cinepolis India, said: "We are adding more screens and the total number will go up to 400 by 2017. There is also a healthy pipeline of 300 screens which will take seven to eight years to become operational.

Cinepolis opened its first multiplex at Acropolis Mall in the city today. It is the fourth largest multiplex operator in India after PVR, Inox and Carnival Cinemas.

Sotumayor said that Cinepolis also has megaplexes (more than 10 screens) in cities like Pune, Mumbai and Kochi. Slowdown in the Indian real estate market had put a brake on the expansion. He, however, expressed optimism about the future and is in talks with various developers. "We are signing deals with developers", he said.

The Indian operations accounts for 10 percent of the company’s global ticket sales across 13 countries. In the eastern region, the operator plans to have 45 screens, including a seven-screen multiplex at New Town. 

"We are looking at opportunities for acquisitions as the multiplex industry is in a consolidation phase in India", Sotumayor said.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Nandan to Host Retrospective of Bappaditya Bandopadhyay

Our CorrespondentKolkata: Nandan will host a three-day retrospective of recently died Bengali film director Bappaditya Bandopadhyay after the ongoing 21st International Kolkata Film Festival. The announcement came at a memorial ceremony of this 45 year old director at Nandan-3 on Tuesday (17 November). Actor Prosenjit Chattopadhyay, Paoli Dam, director Ashoke Viswanathan and Haranath Chakraborty along with Bandopadhyay’s father Debashish Bandopadhyay and brother Rajaditya and CEO of Nandan Jadav Mondal were present there.

Ace actor Prosenjit Chattopadhyay at the programme has proposed formation of an archive of films directed by Bappaditya. Recalling the young director he said Bappaditya was uncompromising in his approach towards film making. It would be great if the film lovers get a chance to remember the director through his works for a long time. Hence, a film archive should be set up, Chattopadhyay added.

Actress Paoli Dam said that Bappaditya had taught her the nitty-gritty of world cinema. She mentioned that Bappaditya used to believe in team work and always wanted to work with debutants

A Scary Sunday Unfolds at Abar Baithak

Our CorrespondentKolkata: Kotokatha has performed a Shruti-Natok (play reading) session to celebrate the season of ghosts or Bhut Choturdashi at Abar Baithak in Jodhpur Park on 15 November morning. Dramatized version of two short stories—Jangoler Galpo (story of the jungle) and Tarok Kerani (Tarok clerk) written by Mahua Chaudhuri and Benimadhab Batabyal respectively, were performed at the programme by the group. Both plays were scripted and directed by Mahua Chaudhuri and Sarashi Chakraborty respectively.

The one and a half hour-long session was a real tribute to the eternal feeling of fear of the unknown and uncanny beings. It was like a journey down memory lane to many. It recalled memories of childhood days when ghost stories not only fascinated kids but also gave wings to their imagination.

Bhut Choturdashi is basically an occasion when the Bengalis pay homage to the existence of their dead ancestors around them. One can describe it as a Bengali version of Halloween. Though it seems a truly scary emotion but Kotokatha’s performance have made the audience more jovial instead of nervous out of fear.

It was not a mere play-reading session. The plays were backed by proper musical arrangements and mystic lights to create a realistic backdrop for all.

Kotokatha deserves a round of applause for giving such a grand Diwali gift to the audience. Though the stories were scary but unputdownable too like all other ghost narratives.     

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Paris Attacks: Aftermath

WPC News Desk : The French agencies have informed that three groups have carried out attacks in Paris on Friday (13 November) separately, leaving about 150 dead. The French Police have already confirmed identity of one nabbed in connection with the attacks. The suspect is a regular offender who lives in Paris. Another attacker, Omar Ismail Mostafa, has been caught with a Syrian passport. Police have detained Mostafa along with his family members.

Prayer continues for Paris 

Now the French authorities have been looking to figure out source of funding in to the attack. 

Meanwhile, the Belgian Police have nabbed three French nationals while crossing over the France-Belgium border in wee hours on Saturday (14 November). Belgian Police have been questioning them to find whether they have any connection with the Paris attacks.

Paris, however, has been trying to get over from the shock of one of the most deadly attacks took place in the city after the Second World War. Indian cook Arijit Mohanty, who runs a small Asian restaurant near the Triangle de Choisy, told WPC over phone that the Asian living in Paris are fearing a random crack down over some communities of the city, just similar to what happened in the US after the 9/11 attacks. He, however, has not forgotten to mention that one who loves Paris would never be able to strike it so bad. Those who unleashed the attacks were not true citizens of Paris, he added.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Dhansere Publishes First Novel of Ramyani Choudhury

Our CorrespondentKolkata: Dhansere has published the first novel of writer Ramyani Choudhury, Eso Zero Muhurto (come zero moment), in a programme at the Jibanananda Sabhaghar on 9 November evening. Poet Subodh Sarkar and Syed Hasmat Jalal were the guests of honour at the book launch ceremony.

Ramyani with Sarkar, Jalal and Subho Bandyopadhyay at book launch
Unwrapping the book, Sarkar congratulated Choudhury for penning down sentiments of urban middle class in an immaculate way. He also mentioned that the contemporary Bengali literature is proud to have a true scholar like Choudhury who always write on sensitive subjects. Both Sarkar and Jalal have lauded Dhansere's owner Subho Bandyopadhyay for delivering such a quality production on time.

After the book launch a poetry reading session was held featuring Chaitali Chattopadhyay, Aditi Basuroy, Sridarshini Chakraborty, Samragnee Banerjee, Palash Dey, Abhimanyu Mahato, Souvik Bandyopadhyay and Sudip Chattopadhyay.

The programme ended with Ramyani reading excerpts from the novel. She told that it’s a story about a couple and how their life gets entangled into current socio-political scenario.             

Thursday, 12 November 2015

BJP Hawkish on Bengal

Our CorrespondentKolkata: West Bengal BJP president Rahul Sinha today claimed that Bihar’s election result will have no impact on Bengal, because when the Left was in power for 34 years, it never managed to get a majority in other states. 

The state BJP will organise a rally on 19 November, which will be led by senior leaders like Kailash Vijayvargiya, Siddharth Nath Singh, Sinha himself and others. A meeting of the party will be held at Mahajati Sadan before the rally. The rally will commence from College Square.  

Hoping to win the majority in Bengal in next year’s assembly elections, Sinha said that in the state, the fight is between “development and non-development.” BJP wants to end the violence of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the state and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will come down to Kolkata on 12 and 23 January, 2016, in this regard. 

Criticising Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Sinha said: “If she is so confident about her work towards development then why is she joining hands with Congress for the next polls?”  He alleged, Banerjee is also aware that she won’t win the election if she fights it alone, and TMC will join hands with Congress just to keep away BJP. The Bengal government had initially planned to split Murshidabad and Hooghly into two different districts (North and South Murshidabad, and Arambagh and Hooghly) for the 2016 state polls. But that won’t be effective, and the polls will be held as before, he said.

Makhim Redefines Silence

Makhim is a small rural settlement in East Sikkim. Nature has stretched her arms to visitors here. Aitrayee Sarkar explores the sounds and sights of the place  
Makhim or Mankhim is a remote village located in the Rongli district in East Sikkim. Distance between Makhim and Siliguri is 126 km. This small village offers magnificent view of Mount Kangchenjunga and Aritar Lake. It’s a place full of flowers and organic plants. Locals say that the best time to visit Makhim is April-May and October-November with flower-cladding hill tops around in both seasons of the year.
A cloudy afternoon in Makhim
The dwellers of the village are extremely passionate about plantation. There is no dearth of small kitchen gardens where locals cultivate fruits and flower plants along with vegetables which are generally served to visitors in all the homestays in the area. 
Exploring the village is itself a heavenly journey. Tourists can trek up to the nearby Aritar Lake through the dense forest around. Like every other hill sites there is a small view point in Makhim too. It provides sights of several mountain peaks and other nearby destinations. Those interested in bird watching can visit this village and get a test of viewing some rare species of birds found in this part of Sikkim only. There is also a monetary adjacent to the village. It’s just a km away walk away from Makhim.
Robin Rai, owner of the Heaven Valley homemstay, explained how Makhim has been attracting huge number of tourists off late. He informed that many visitors come to explore the rare plants in the lone green house constructed by him. The ornamented plants, cactus and orchids reared in his household are a must watch in Makhim.
Ornamented cactus
The lone connecting road to the village is almost non-motorable. So be prepared to go through some ups and downs and get down from vehicle for a little walks occasionally while reaching Makhim. Locals do complain about lack of basic amenities in the area but they are happy to offer good facilities to visitors hiding their own disappointments. They always welcome tourists with a lively smile.
A rare season flower planted by Rai
Tourists generally visit this small Himalayan village while returning from famous Silk Route journey in Sikkim. Makhim is a perfect place to end the hectic journey to Silk Route.

Those who love nature and want to enjoy the Himalayas in isolation Makhim is the best place them. There will be occasional car horns but be rest assured those would not break the reflective silence of the place. Artists do come and spend weeks here to write or paint, informed Rai.

According to available data the average summer temperature in Makhim is around 15-17 degrees. But winter temperature can go down as low as 7-8 degrees occasionally. Snowfall does not take place here.

The most attractive feature of Mankhim is silence. One can easily listen to endless music of crickets and other insects residing in the surrounding deep forest. It seems that Makhim is a stopover of life that has nearly forgotten the buzz of modern urban settlements.

One may not have the best facilities in Makhim but the bounty of nature would surely compensate him. Eco-tourism is redefined here with the Himalayas in company.
Here are some useful information:
Heaven Valley Homestay
Proprietor: Robin Rai 
Contact: 09647857292/07602570527/09733511349
Greenland Homestay 
Proprietor: Udai Rai 
Contact: 09647874730/09609819834  

The writer is an editor of WebPressClub
Image courtesy: writer

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Candid Cartoonist Reaches 60

WPC News Desk : Famous cartoonist and illustrator Debashish Deb has celebrated his 60th birthday with a bang at café Abar Baithak on 8 November. To make the ace artist’s birthday a special one the café is hosting a special week-long solo exhibition till 14 November.

Deb describing his works

On the occasion Deb himself has narrated a memorable chronological description of his artistry. In a candid interaction with his friends and followers he shared secrets of his long career as an illustrator with Sandesh, Anandabazar Patrika and The Telegraph and various other magazines and books. Like his cartoons Deb was as animated as ever in his interaction too.

Deb, a member of Cartoon Dal, a group of eminent cartoonists, has been congratulated by many on the occasion. His fellow members of the organization also attended the programme and shared their views on Deb as an artist as well as a colourful yet simple human being.

Deb as emoted on his birthday cake

Life of an artist has never been simple. Deb, too, had his early struggles but never surrendered to fate. He continued his work passionately and things began to fall in place after sometime.     

Deb did not forget to mention that his life as an illustrator had began without any proper planning. After admission to the Government Art College he recognised his love for painting for the first time. That love and affection have carried on for years now. Deb is an artist who has inspired many illustrators in Bengal as well as across the country. He hopes to inspire many with his signature satiric style and humour in future too.
The celebration started with Deb’s own narration and ended with a cake that was specially designed by the café authority for the artist. There was a cake mixing ceremony too which was attended by Deb, artist Upal Sengupta and others.

Diwali: Festival of Light and Light of Festival

Sucheta Bandyopadhyay gives a mythological and historical insight into Diwali celebration.
India celebrates Diwali, the festival of light, on every Kartik Amavasya. It’s hard to figure out the source of the festival. None can say, which part of this vast country had first witnessed the birth of this festival of light. The answer must have been lost within the course of time. Now many celebrate Diwali for the illusion of illumination, without considering other aspects of it.

According to oral tradition Lord Ramachandra along with Sita and Laxmana had returned to Ayodhya after killing Ravana, completing his 14 years in exile on this particular day. It is said that the people of Ayodhya had decorated the whole city with light to celebrate Rama’s homecoming. Hence, Diwali is a festival that marks the victory of the good over evil power.
Lord Rama's homecoming
In a large part of India Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, is worshipped on Diwali. Preparations start early for that. People gather in shops to purchase according to their budget to bring Laxmi to their home as a symbol of wealth and prosperity. This is known as Dhanteras or Dhanatrayodashi. It’s basically the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight before Diwali. It is said that this was the day when huge wealth came out after the churning of the ocean in the Puranic time. Laxmi Devi herself had symbolically come up from the ocean then. Last but not the least came out Dhanwantari with a pitcher of nectar which was later dedicated to him, praying for good-health, prosperity and deathlessness of kin. Hence, we can easily describe Dhanteras as an anniversary of churning of the ocean.

Vikramabda begins for a large chunk of Indian population from the day after the Kartik Amavasya or Pratipad. Hence, Diwali means celebrating New Year ’s Eve to many. Ganesha is worshipped on the beginning of Vikramabda. Now many of us worship both Laxmi and Ganesha together on Diwali to test prosperity and success simultaneously.

West Bengal, too, worships goddess Laxmi on this occasion, welcoming wealth and prosperity and driving out Alaxmi or lack of luck and failure. But in Bengal, highly inspired by the Shakta philosophy or believers of shaktism or power, goddess Kali is generally worshipped on that particular day.
Churning of the ocean
On the other hand the Jains believe that their preacher Mahavira Jaina had achieved salvation on the Katik Amavasya. The Sikhs describe the day as a milestone in their long struggle against the then Mughal rulers of India. Sikh guru Hargobind Singh was released from jail on this particular day and a new hope of freedom was ignited in the mind of the whole community with that. Hence, the Sikhs celebrate Diwali as Bandi Chhor Divas.
Now let’s turn focus to mythological significance of Diwali. The Indian mythology says, one day the skin colour of Parvati turned from fair to brown suddenly. She was looking enigmatic as ever with her new skin colour too. In fact, her husband Lord Mahadeva liked it a lot. He started calling her Kali out of love. Parvati did not like that new name. Shiva tried to convince her but she was so annoyed with her husband’s behaviour that she decided to go to forest to perform an austere penance till she becomes fair again. Shiva was unhappy with that and he disappeared with intense disappointment. With Shiva the Sun, Moon and fire, the three residence of his third eye, also vanished from the world. A permanent darkness came down over the whole universe. The Gods had realised that the creation would not sustain if this darkness prevails for long. They went to Narayana and sought help from him. Narayana advised them to put up uncountable lamps so that the darkness would disappear. Now, the question was that Lord Shiva had disappeared with the Agni or fire itself. So how those lamps would be flamed! Then Narayana came in rescue again and told other Gods to ignite lamps with the flame of wisdom and conscience. The Gods created a new Agni by igniting their good sense and wisdom and flamed countless lamps with that. Lord Shiva was busy in penance then. He, too, got awake with the light of wisdom.

The fire of wisdom had enlightened the Manushyaloka (world of man), Daityaloka (world of giants) and Nagaloka (world of snakes) but the Pretaloka or the world of the deads was still in darkness. The Gods asked Narayana for remedy again and he described that the livings would flame lamps for the Pretaloka, in memory of their dead ancestors, throughout the Kartik month. We still follow that instruction and flame light in this particular month for our dead predecessors.

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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Notun Krittibas Revives History

Special CorrespondentKolkata: The city once witnessed the intensity of love and dreams with a handful of youngmen challenging the conventional form of life and literature decades ago. That was the beginning of publishing of the historic Krittibas poetry magazine by Sunil Ganguly, Dipak Majumdar and Ananda Bagchi. Later, greats like Shakti Chattopadhyay, Sarat Kumar Mukhopadhyay and Utpal Kumar Basu etc also got associated with the magazine. Krittibas was a poet’s paradise. Like every other Bengali little magazine Krittibas, too, has gone through several ups and downs. But none could believe that the journey that started in early 50s would ever end. Amid such rumors and some reported disputes among the current members of the Krittibas magazine’s editorial team one of the leading Bengali publishers, Prativash, came up with the idea of carrying the legacy forward.

Bijesh Saha, the head of the publishing company, stepped in and several poets have joined hands with him to make the project a success. The road to publish Notun Krittibas (new Krittibas) was not smooth at all. Many have criticised the initiative and questioned the authority and intention of it. But none could stop them. Finally, the inaugural issue of Notun Krittibas has been released at the Kolkata Press Club on Friday (06 November, 2015) afternoon. The magazine has been released by Tourism Minister and dramatist Bratya Basu, poet Subodh Sarkar and Rupak Chakraborty, Gautam Ghosh Dastidar, Sutapa Sengupta and Ballari Sen etc. Dignitaries like Debojyoti Mishra, Binayak Bandyopadhyay, Sudhangshu Dey, Amitava Samjpati etc were present there too. 

Inaugurating the magazine Bratya Basu described the initiative as a tribute to the legendary Sunil Ganguly and clarified that Notun Krittibas has no conflict with the older one. Poet Subodh Sarkar was, however, more direct in his approach. Questioning the intention of the critics, he refuted all allegations of dishonouring the legacy set by the historic Krittibas magazine and its members. He, in fact, expressed dissatisfaction over the present Krittibas establishment’s failure to utilise offers of leading publishing houses on running the magazine uninterruptedly. 

Not only young poets but many veterans also attended the programme. They were curious and enthusiastic about the venture. They all missed their very own Sunilda and strongly believed that he would have praised the initiative too if he was alive.

Director Bappaditya Bandopadhyay Expires

WPC News Desk : Young Bengali film director Bappaditya Bandopadhyay has passed away around 8:40 pm this evening (07 November) in Kolkata at the age of 45 only. He was admitted to a local hospital on 1 November after prolonged illness.

Hospital sources informed that Bandopadhyay’s condition started to deteriorate from Saturday morning and he was diagnosed with multi-organ failure within hours.

Bandopadhyay was a successful and popular young director. He tested success in the global platform too. A number of his films were applauded in several international festivals. Kantatar, Sampradan, Silpantar, Kaal, Kagojer Bou, Elar Char Adhyay and Nayika Sangbad were some of Bandopadhayay’s finest works. His film Sampradan had won three awards in the Dhaka International Film Festival in 2000.
Besides doing films Bandopadhyay was known for writing poetry too. The film industry in Kolkata is still in shock with this untimely demise. Many could not digest sudden passing away of Bandopadhyay after death of actor Pijush Ganguly only a few weeks ago.   

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Skin Care Tips for WInter

With winter just round the corner, Sarojini Agarwal offers some easy tips to take care for your skin, in the months ahead 

There’s already a nip in the air and the people have started bringing their woolens from the laundry. Morning walkers are sweating less and the ceiling fans are running at a much slower speed. In about a month’s time, cities in northern India would be recording their lowest temperatures of the season.

Your skin is the first casualty of the dipping mercury. It begins to get tight, dull, dry, itchy and irritated. In summer months, the humidity in the air provides the moisturiser for your skin. But in winter, the cold air sucks all the moisture, leading to a lack of vitamins that cause skin problems. Those living in colder places face the harsh winter winds that keep them indoors for long periods. The low humidity air level which keeps your skin shiny, fresh, and healthy, dries the natural oils that lead to dehydration.

When you venture outdoors, you have to face the harsh weather. But when you come inside, you have to stay near the warmer areas. Both these conditions demand that you take extra care of your skin. Here are some tips to take care of your skin in the winter.

Use a dehumidifier

A dehumidifier helps to increase the moisture levels in the air and it will result in a less dry skin. You can use one in your bedroom in the night for reducing the dryness. But before using one, it’s important that you clearly understand the instructions written in the booklet. 

Bathe in lukewarm water

Taking a hot shower in the winter days is both relaxing and romantic. But it’s important to know that if you prefer to immerse yourself in a tub full of hot water or take showers more than you need, you are more likely to develop skin irritation, dryness and other winter allergies. Nevertheless, there’s a natural remedy that can give your skin protection from the side effects of hot water bathing. Mix a cup or two of baking soda in the water and then bathe. It’ll help you to greatly combat skin dryness. 

Drink sufficient water

A cold and breezy weather usually doesn’t make you feel thirsty. But that doesn’t mean you will reduce the amount of water you normally drank in the summer months. Both your skin and body will be dehydrated if you do so. Water is very important for your body. Drinking the proper quantity of water everyday would keep your skin healthy.   

Your hands and feet

Hands and feet and the most ignored parts of the body that are left exposed to the reckless winter winds. If you wash them with cold water in the day, it will make the skin dryer. Take proper care of them. Use moisturising creams to keep hydrate your hands and feet. Wash them properly with lukewarm water. People living in places where the mercury drops sharply, must wear gloves and socks to protect the hands and feet from chapped skin.   
The writer is a freelance contributor  

Abar Baithak Hosts Month-long Cartoon Exhibition

Special CorrespondentKolkata: Café Abar Baithak is holding a remarkable month-long exhibition of cartoon, sketched by the Cartoon Dal, in November. The exhibition features sketches of 15 veteran and young cartoonists of Bengal like Chandi Lahiri, Debasish Deb, Uday Deb, Amal Chakraborty, Upal Sengupta, Anup Roy and Adija Ghosh etc.

The exhibition is divided into three phases. The first and third phase (1-7 and 15-30 November) would house all-day-long cartoon exhibition while the second phase would celebrate 60 years of cartoonist Debashish Deb. On the occasion a special exhibition of Deb’s works would be held from 8-14 November (9 am- 10 pm). 

Visitors can purchase sketches, posters and small goodies like coffee mugs and coat hooks based on cartoon from there. Swaralipi Chatterjee, owner of the café, is overwhelmed with the response. She told WPC that they have been replacing old sketches with new series continuously. People have been purchasing sketches and goodies regularly from here, she added