Festival Time!

Here in India, a great festival is being celebrated. It’s the ‘Durga Puja’, meaning ‘Worship of Goddess Durga.’ It’s a Bengali festival, from West Bengal in India, where I come from.

maa-durga
The idol of ‘Maa Durga’, literally “Mother Durga.”

Durga puja is celebrated with such a lot of color, and joy here. Maa Durga has four children-

Maa Saraswati

Maa Lakshmi

Kartik

Ganesh

The best is that drums are beaten loudly all day. These are special drums, slung around the neck and beaten with a stick, known as a ‘Dhak.’ It adds a beautiful rhythm to the festive mood.

Yesterday, we had a dance on Rabindra Sangeet (the folk music of West Bengal). These songs are the compositions of the poet, songwriter, novelist, and playwright, Rabindranath Tagore, popularly known as Tagore.

We dressed up in jewellery, and sarees, (a traditional Bengali costume).durga-puja-programme

One of Tagore’s famous songs in Bengali, “Kotobaro Bhebechhinu”, has been translated into English, by the name of “Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes”. You’re sure to find it on Youtube.

Yesterday, my Dad played a raga (indian musical composition) on the Sitar (a traditional indian string instrument). Click on this link to watch him playing on Youtube. He’s the one sitting with the big instrument.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th0QLWe5Aks&feature=youtu.be

I’ll post my dance video later.

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