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Basanta Utsav literally means the ‘celebration of spring’. Falgun and Chaitra according to the Bengali calendar is the season of Dol Utsav. During this season nature shows its own beauty with colorful flowers of Palash, Shimul etc. The beautiful tradition of celebrating spring festival in Bengal was first started by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. Actually, Basant Utsav is no different from Holi, except for the gracefulness with which it is celebrated.

Basanta Utsav is celebrated with immense fervor and zeal. On the day of Dol purnima (Full moon day of Falgun) Basanta Utsav is celebrated. There is a procession of long musical dance in the morning followed by Tagore’s music, rhymes and dance by students of different Bhavanas (Departments). On that day Boys and girls, dressed in yellow (basanti) color, welcome spring – the season of hope, in a very elegant manner.

Later in the day, on Basanta Utsav, the students as well as the teachers apply colored powders on each other. This powder is popularly called abeer (abhor). Following the coloring tradition, the entire premises of the university gets filled with the colors of abeer. A warm welcome is given to all the visitors and each of them is welcomed to join in this merry making festival. The air is filled not only with a number of vivacious colors, but also with the feeling of joy and hope, making the entire atmosphere delightful. In the evening one of the selected Dance Drama of Tagore is presented to visitors by the students of Sangit Bhavana, Visvs-Bharati.

Since its inception, Basanta Utsav has become a milestone of Bengali history and has also captured international interest that is proved by the presence of numerous foreign tourists during its celebration.


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Poush Mela in Santiniketan is a colorful rural carnival. It is one of the important festivals in the district of Birbhum of West Bengal. The festival is celebrated at the Shantiniketan Mela Grounds with great excitement and the essence of Bengali culture. The Mela is the perfect site for the coming together of different cultures and traditions from different parts of country.

Every year on the 7th day of the Bengali month of Poush, Shantiniketan Mela ground hosts ‘Poush Mela’.

Celebration of Poush Mela

Poush Mela is one of the major fairs organized at Santiniketan. It attracts large number of tourists not only from India but different countries of the world. The fair is famous for the perfect merger of different cultures and traditions. Visitors enjoy the fair and experience the rich heritage of Bengal. Take the enjoyment to a higher level by the splendid and mind blowing cultural performances.

The students of Santiniketan, the Visva-Bharati University celebrate the occasion with exuberant festivities. Do not miss the live performances of Bengali folk music, notably Baul music. Tribal dances are also a part of the cultural performances. Witness the tribal arts performed by folks dressed in their traditional attire. Attend the exhibition of handicrafts from not only Bengal but from other part of India as well. There are beautiful specimens of Batik print and Taant saree and other handloom stores manned by artisans from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.

The fun filled days of the fair is full of different interesting activities. Apart from the cultural activities experience the Bengali spirit in true sense.  The rural touch of the festival makes it one of the most popular events in the season.

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