Aritra Singha ● Kolkata: The city is going to witness the Biswa Bangla Loksanskriti (folk culture) Festival for the first time on a floating stage at Lal Dighi. More than 5000 folk singers coming under the plan of Loko Prasar Prakalpa (LPP) will sing at the festival. Simultaneous to Lal Dighi the festival will also be showcased at Prinsep Ghat memorial everyday from 5 pm to 9m.
Announcing this Atri Bhattacharya, Principal Secretary, I&CA, said that many folk singers, those who have inherited this profession from their forefathers find it extremely difficult to make both ends meet, and by the grace of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, now these singers earn 1000 rupees every month and also get to perform 4-5 shows on monthly basis. He also added that almost 50,000 folk singers come under the LPP Plan introduced by the Chief Minister herself.
Bhattacharya further said that the Festival is dedicated to the rural folk singers only and those who live in cities would not be a part of it.
Indraneil Sen, singer turned politician, gracing the occasion said that all such folk singers now have their individual bank account, and members from all the families carrying forward the legacy of folk music would be covered under LPP. He further added that the Prinsep Ghat Memorial has now become a heritage point in Kolkata after its beautification. Even Lal Dighi which was once abandoned and left as a dump yard had restored its charm after Mamata Banerjee selected that spot to be beautified and transformed it as a venue of the folk song festival.
Sen also said that alongside Loksanskriti Festival Poush Parbon will also start from December 24 and the venues will be Mohor Kunja and Madhusudhan Mancha. It will go on till January1.
The Chief Minister will inaugurate Biswa Bangla Loksanskriti Festival at Lal Dighi on December 23.