The Dotara-maker

A visit to this man is a reward in itself. Naren Roy, an instrument maker by profession, not a social worker or an activist but a man living in isolation with his passion, practicing it and perfecting the art of Dotara making through four decades. Visiting him in his village Kalirhaat,  was, as it seemed to me, a…

The Road Taken with Sukhabilash Barma.

  “Bhawaiya is not simply a song for me, but more than a song.” -Nirod Roy, The Hidden Side of Liking-Bhawaiya Sangeet (translated). In a recent interview with Mr. Sukhabilash Barma, folk song veteran accomplished civil servant and social and political activist; he pictured a nostalgic, cryptic yet a telling story of Bhawaiya’s journey from a  flick show to a…

Language- is dying?

The language we speak is somehow associated with our identity, our native root, with which we are traced. It’s like the umbilical cord, linking us to our primitive origins. We are hardly aware of such deep implications about language in the humdrum of life. The language that we speak can give us a particular identity,…

Train Thoughts

I have been traveling from Kolkata to Siliguri and vice-versa in train regularly for three years. There has always been a struggle booking tickets owing to a large number of tourists visiting North Bengal and you know well why. And therefore I have turned to General compartments, generally ladies-less money and fewer inconveniences in booking…

Globalisation-Too much or Too less!

Culture is not simply song and dance but its’ domain includes all things associated with our life, from birth to death. Although the al encompassing practices need reformations, firstly to undo discriminations against the vulnerable sections of the society, secondly to sustain the globalized world. Culture is an ongoing process; we add to it, cultivate few,…