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Bangla Noboborsho Udjapon Porishod presents

Bengali new year concert

Sunday 15 April

In a nutshell

A traditional and extremely colourful celebration of Bengali New Year through music, spoken word, dance and rituals

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A prominent Bengali community activist in the East End, Syeda Sultana Sikha is celebrating this traditional and colourful festival on the actual day of Bengali New Year - with a group of progressive friends since 2006.

This is a two-day festival that starts at Poplar Union in East London on 14 April and end up at Rich Mix on 15 April 2018. The celebration involves colourful rituals, dazzling dance, traditional Bangla music and poetry.

Curated by the poet and the director of Saudha, T M Ahmed Kaysher, the session at Rich Mix features a hypnotic, serene session of  Indian classical music and Bengali light music by the finest North-Indian classical vocalist in Europe Chandra Chakraborty and a haunting session of Carnatic violin recital by one of the leading Carnatic violinists in UK Balu Raghuraman. The celebration also includes Bengali poetry reading with English translation by a few well-known poets.  

What to Expect

World-class live Indian classical and Bengali light music in its finest form, traditional rituals and poetry reading.

Who's Involved

Bangla Noboborsho Udjapon Porishod is one of the unique organisations in Tower Hamlets, working mainly with groups of local women to promote powerful Bengali culture and rituals in world-stage.

RadhaRaman Society is purely a community art organisation that promotes the grandeur of Bengali colourful folk music and dance as serious art forms for young Bengali diaspora around the world as well as the audience from diverse cultural background in the West through collaboration with other form of folk music and dances e.g. jazz, Irish dance etc.

What people are saying

‘An extra-ordinary colourful event of world music and unique rituals’ - Sudipta Chowdhury, Prothom Alo

‘Full of Mundane Pleasure’ - T M Ahmed Kaysher, Asian Echo

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'Rich Mix is such a vibrant venue in East London that has changed the long-running stereotype about East London. It’s easier to reach to wider audience through Rich Mix which has emerged as the major art venue in east London.'

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Things you should know

Suitable for all ages

This event is wheelchair accessible.