Rabindranath Tagore’s towering omnipresence at Powai Bengali Welfare Association (PBWA) since its inception a decade back is hard to ignore. For PBWA, celebrating Tagore is not simply about celebrating the birthday of a “Bengali” icon, it’s about celebrating the very idea of India. The changing times have victimized many a traditions and ideas, but even after almost seven decades of his death, Tagore remains as relevant as ever.
“Although Tagore’s birthday in May features prominently and permanently on PBWA’s annual event calendar, the Tagore touch is much too apparent throughout the year with the Durga Puja venue last year takes inspiration from the national poet’s rural retreat — Shantiniketan. Thus, when opportunity knocked this year to take Tagore’s anniversary celebration to a much greater depth and breadth, there wasn’t even a hint of hesitation,” says Debasish Bhattacharya one of the organizers.
Preparations are on full swing to present Mumbaikars two memorable days – 14 and 15 May — of traditional cultural (Bichitra) and culinary (Aharey Bangla) excellence in association with Hiland Group – Kolkata with HDFC Realty as event partner. One of this year’s major attraction would be a dance drama (Horikhela) based on a poem written by Tagore and performed by a Kamalika Guha Thakurta and group (Srijon Foundation) on 14 May.
In addition, Abhijit Ghoshal of Hindi movie “London Dreams” (Jashn hai jeet ka) fame will perform on 15 May. Tapas Maity, an approved voiceover artist for Indian Films Division, will perform on both the days. And there will of course be the showcasing of PBWA’s in-house talent.
“That’s not all. Several leading food joints will set up their stalls inside the venue (Norita Ground, Hiranandani Gardens) so that you can indulge your taste buds with traditional and exotic Bengali cuisine through both the days. And most important, it’s also an opportunity to reinforce Tagore’s idea of modern India. We invite all Powai-ies to come & enjoy these days”, says Raj Mitra of the organizing committee.