About three thousand people from several villages took part in this year’s Santal flower festival celebrations.
The Ashadullapur Gramin Silpa & Sastha Bidhan Kendra, the crafts training centre founded by Sanyasi Lohar for Santal and other rural youths, displayed its wares and art pieces. This took place at a popular fair organized in the spirit by Rabindranath Tagore whose memory is kept alive at celebrations of village crafts and culture and initiated at nearby Sriniketan and Santiniketan.
A cultural team of 30 boys and girls from Jharkhand performed their dances with great enthusiasm along with 22 Santal folk teams from West Bengal. In addition, six drama groups performed one play each for an hour for a whole night.
Mr. Sarada Prasad Kisku, the well known Santal writer, was conferred this year’s Baha Award 2013.
Ms. Krishna Mardi, Additional District Magistrate of Birbhum was the chief guest of the programme.
Source: message from Boro Baski, 6-5-13
Celebrating 24th Adibasi Baha Parab 2013
This year Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust is celebrating its traditional and religious festival ‘Baha Parab’ (flower festival) on 24th March 2013 at Ghosaldanga. The day-night festival will be observed with religious rituals by headman and priest of the Ghosaldanga village followed by procession, tribal sports. There will also be Santal folk dance competition in which dozens of folk groups from different villages will take part. The prize distribution ceremony and felicitation of ‘Adibasi Baha Award 2013’ will be in the evening. This year the recipient of the Award is a well-known Santali writer Mr. Sarada Prasad Kisku of Purulia district, West Bengal. Santali drama competition will commence at 10 pm and continue till next day morning. The Additional District Magistrate of Birbhum Ms. Krishna Mardi has given her consent to be the chief guest of the festival. All are cordially invited to join us in this festival.