Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year 2017 ...

On 1st January, 2016 I decided to keep a note on all the upcoming good things & not any bad or negative ones and I did.. Today on the last day of the year when I see that notebook, I can find more than 40 good things happened to me .. and it is not that these all were so big incidents. Even when I found the first flower blooming on my new flower pot, I noted it, or when I received my first pen friend's letters from Malaysia, I made note or when I took my parents out to dinner, I made a note. I noted single little things which made me feel LIFE IS GOOD and it is a BLESSING to have human life... And believe me as I didn't note down any negative feelings which did hurt me most.. I don't even remember them today, neither do I want to remember...so yes 2016 was a great year indeed ... I never expect anything from life nor do I plan my future. I love the flow of life & I want to live happily ever after, twirl my mind freely, pour it with love, joy and openness and with all such activities which helps me to nourish my soul...
I wish everyone a HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR IN ADVANCE... 2017 should be good to all.. and yes, try noting all your little good things that will make you smile. It feels great to see them at the end of the year...






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Monday, 26 December 2016

Dhakkad Dangal - This is what I call Women Empowerment

Well, this one was the best end of Bollywood reels of this year I can say. It is been months I have left writing review hence this is also not a movie review. Dangal was not only a movie but a educative slap to all those male chauvinists and to all those creepy women who define feminism in some utter bullshit .. Even I was unaware of Mahavir Singh Phogat & his struggle to make his daughters to shine bright like diamonds. When I first saw the trailer, I knew this was going to be a Dhakkad movie. I googled and was overwhelmed by the culture Mahavir Singh Phogat had in his mind. In spite of hailing from Haryana, a state where honor killing ratio and female foeticide ratio is higher, he had the guts and bravery in him to bring out his two daughters in wrestling. His struggle to polish up his daughters are out of imagination.While watching the movie, I was awestruck. Imagine in real how they had done this all. I hope, all the parents who think having a girl child is like a burden and marriage is the ultimate goal to complete a womanhood will get some lesson from this & at last but not the least, to those women who  yell about Feminism and demand their rights verbally or over social media but in reality love to own husbands identity, money and wealth like selfish cats, please do something useful and grow as a better version of yourself. Better yourself day by day. Feminism and Women empowerment is not only about yelling against men, it is about yelling against what you can't do and what you have to do ... 



P.S one thing I would love to say here  - apart from the topic feminism, in each and every scenes whenever I was seeing Amir Khan was living his heart out to teach his students the best, I could see two faces. One, my parents and Two, my dance teacher. It is true, no one can succeed without a proper trainer. My parents, for whom I have got all the enthusiasm to indulge myself in different activities and to live my life in my own terms without having to listen about Marriage and secondly, my dance teacher for whom in last 6 years I have learned a lot, lot and lot. Starting from Odissi to growing interest in Yoga, from gaining patience and dedication towards something and of course to never say No to anything because she made me believe, everything is possible if we want to do .. Many a times, I told I can't do this. She immediately replied, you can .. I don't know anything else. You have to and I think that helped me a lot personally too. Love and Respect for the real Mahavir Singh Phogat, Geeta & Babita Phogat, to the crew of Dangal (tremendous effort by the four girls - kudos) and My parents and My madam.




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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Hidden treasures




How many of you had your hidden treasures in childhood ? Like some precious things you loved to keep aside at somewhere where no one could reach. May be wrapped with some cloths or paper boxes. I had loads. Few I found out last year. One of them had few small bottles of zinc sparkles & colorful paper clips. Another one tiny suitcase had barbie hair clips and her tiny heels. Some years back they were too precious to me that I had to keep them hidden from everyone & strange is that when I grew up, I completely forgot about it.But it feels great to play with those hidden the then precious elements .. Isn't it ? Check out this video from Amélie.. I wish you too had many such things.. 


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

সেই সব শীতকাল।

পুজোর পর সেইভাবে বাংলায় লেখা হয়নি। বাংলাতে লেখাটা একটা টান আর অনুভূতির ব্যাপার। মাঝে মাঝে বাংলা ছাড়া কিছু লিখতে ইচ্ছে হয় না। এখন আবার আমার সেই সময় যাচ্ছে। কারণ, এখন শীতকাল।

শীতকাল কখনোই আমার পছন্দের ছিল না। শীতকাল আসলে কেমন একটা জড়তা ধরে ফেলতো আমাকে, আর আমার মনে হতো আমি খোলামেলা ভাবে বাঁচছিনা। ডানাগুলো গুটিয়ে রাখার মতন।  আমি গরমপ্রেয়সী। কিন্তু, কলকাতার শীতকালটাকে খুব মনে পড়ছে। ব্যাঙ্গালোরে শীত পড়েনা বললে ভুল হবে। এখানে চিরবসন্ত। কিন্তু লেপ গায়ে দিয়ে জুবুথুবু হয়ে থাকার শীত পড়েনা এখানে।

মা'র বক্স খাট  নাড়া চাড়ার সাথে লেপ বা বালাপোশ বেরোনোর গন্ধ আর স্কুলের সবুজ সোয়েটার টার কথা খুব মনে পড়ছে। বিছানাতে লেপ তোষকের পাহাড়ে খেলা করা, ছাদের রোদ্দুরে মাদুর নিয়ে এলিয়ে থাকা, পড়াশুনো করা, মাঝে মাঝে এই বাড়ী - ওই বাড়ী এর লোকেদের সাথে হঠাৎ গল্প করা, টবের চন্দ্রমল্লিকা, গাঁদা গুলো দেখা সব মানেই শীতকাল। দুপুরের গরম গরম ভাত, ডাল, মাছের ঝোলের পরে বালাপোষের ভিতর ঝপাৎ করে ঢুকে পড়া আর দুপুর বেলার আকাশবাণীতে পুরোনো দিনের বাংলা গান শুনে তন্দ্রা ছিল নেশার মতন। বিকেলে কমলালেবুর খোসা ছাড়ানোর গন্ধর সাথে সাথে ব্যাডমিন্টন খেলা আর মাথার উপরে মশার দল নিয়ে হেঁটে চলা, সঙ্গে একটু গরম চপ বা বেগুনি খাওয়া, মাথায় স্কার্ফ জড়ানো অবস্থায় কুয়াশা কাটিয়ে টিউশন থেকে ফিরে আসা সব কি ভালোই না ছিল। জানুয়ারী এর বইমেলা, নাট্যোৎসব, সাংস্কৃতিক উৎসব ,পাড়ার পিকনিক এখনো হয়তো আছে। কিন্তু আগের মতন নেই।

"শৈশবে আর ফেরা যাবে নাতো 
নেই পথ নেই হারিয়ে গেছে সে দেশ 

ফিরবো বললে ফেরা যায় নাকি 
পেরিয়েছো দেশ কাল জানো নাকি এইসময় 
এখনো সামনে পথ হাঁটা বাকি 
চাইলেও দিতে পারবেনা ফাঁকি নিশ্চয়ই " - ঘরে ফেরার গান। 


কি লিখলাম কি জানি।  বানান ভুল হলে ক্ষমা করবেন।  গুগল ব্যবহার করছি।



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Monday, 5 December 2016

আসা যাওয়ার মাঝে - Labour of Love.


আমি খুব সাদামাটা। আর আমার চাহিদাও তাই.। ভালো থাকা, ভালো রাখা আর যেগুলো মনের কাছের সেগুলোকে খুব করে ভালোবাসা। জটিল কুটিল জিনিস আমার ধরা ছোঁয়ার বাইরে। আমি তাই করি যা আমাকে ভালো রাখে ,তাই দেখি যা আমাকে খুশি করে। অনেক দিন বাদে হলেও আজ দেখেই ফেললাম।  আর দেখে  সবশেষে আপনা হতেই একটা হালকা হাসি  বেরোলো। ভালো লাগলে যেমন অনুভব হয়, তেমন । সিনেমার নাম -  আসা যাওয়ার মাঝে  - Labour of Love, একটি নির্বাক ছায়াছবি।

Friday, 28 October 2016

Rabindrik Nritya & Bishnupriya Manipuri


The first thing every other Bengali child has done in life is to act on Tagore's song, drama or any other musicals. Be it Geeti Natyas, Nrtiya Natyas or Rabindrik Solo or group dance. It is inevitable that the aura of Rabindrik Nritya is different. The dance movements are soft, lyrical and very calm to watch. I know, every other dance students would know about it but today while going through some articles on Tagore, found some interesting facts which I would love to share here.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Indian Dance and Ballet

Dance drama & Opera - Ballet, both speak some stories via dance. In dance drama, the impact of music plays a pivotal role because music and lyrics together form the life of it whereas in Opera-Ballet use of the vocals are significant. Rabindranath Tagore was highly inspired by the beauty of Opera during his England visit and the result we have seen. We have got various Gitinatyas in Bengali history of Arts and Music. Not only the gitinatyas, but the Nritya Natyas (Dance Dramas) of Tagore also ilustrated the mixed flavor of East and West. It clearly showed his inspiration and aspiration for Opera - Ballet. Though Opera signifies its beauty via songs & Ballet via dance. both have Music in the utmost importance.