Slideshow | Celebrating the Adibasi Baha Parab Flower festival 2013 – West Bengal

Photos: courtesy Boro Baski, Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust © 2013

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.

Dr. Boro Baski works for the community-based organisation Ghosaldanga Adibasi Seva Sangha in West Bengal. The NGO is supported by the German NGO Freundeskreis Ghosaldanga und Bishnubati. He was the first person from his village to go to college as well as the first to earn a PhD (in social work) at Viswa-Bharati. This university was founded by Rabindranath Tagore to foster integrated rural development with respect for cultural diversity. The cooperation he inspired helps local communities to improve agriculture, economical and environmental conditions locally, besides facilitating education and health care based on modern science.

He authored Santali translations of two major works by Rabindranath Tagore, the essay “Vidyasagar-Charit” and the drama Raktakarabi (English “Red Oleanders”), jointly published by the Asiatic Society & Sahitya Akademi (India’s National Academy of Letters) in 2020.

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Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust
Registration under Trust Registration Act 1982
P.O. Sattore, Dist. Birbhum
West Bengal-731 236

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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.

Source: Invitation letter by Mr. Ramjit Mardi, Secretary, Baha Parab Committee 2013

 Baha Parab: Flower Festival of the Santals
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