EVENTS
26/01/2017
The 68th Republic Day
•  With due honour and dignity, the 68th Republic Day celebration was held on Red Road, Kolkata. Hon’ble Governor hoisted the National Flag in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and all the Hon’ble Ministers of the State Cabinet. March pasts by defence forces personnels and state police forces added colours to the event. A colourful parade and procession with decorated tableaux portraying the State’s culture and heritage were the highlights of the programme. Various developmental schemes of the State Government were also showcased in the parade. Students from various parts of Bengal took part in the colourful parade.
25/01/2017
The 41th Kolkata Book Fair - 2017
•  The International Kolkata Book Fair, the largest attended Book Fair in the world, is being held at Milan Mela, Kolkata, from January 25th, 2017 – February 5th, 2017, supported by the West Bengal Government. The Focal Theme being Costa Rica this year, eminent Costa Rican litterateur Roxana Pinto López inaugurated this year’s edition along with Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Veteran Bengali poet and litterateur Nirendranath Chatterjee was the special guest on the occasion.
23/01/2017
121th birth anniversary of Netaji
•  On the 2nd day of her visit to North Bengal, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 121st birth anniversary, at Darjeeling Mall.
22/01/2017
Himal Terai Dooars Sports Festival, 2017
•  On The first day of North Bengal visit, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the prize distribution ceremony of Himal Terai Dooars Sports Festival, 2017 in Kurseong. Thousands of youth from different districts of North Bengal had taken part in archery, martial arts, football and volleyball competitions under this sporting event. The Hon’ble Chief Minister flagged off the 7-day 'Uttarbanga Utsav' to be held across various places in the seven districts of North Bengal. Besides ‘Banga Ratna’ awards were given on the occasion.
30/12/2016
Swasthya Samman - 2016
•  The Hon’ble Chief Minister today conferred the prestigious “Swasthya Samman, 2016” award on 100 doctors and nurses of the state health system, in recognition of their invaluable service to ailing humanity, at Netaji Indoor Stadium .
23/12/2016
Biswa Bangla Lok Sanskriti Utsav - 2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated the Biswa Bangla Lok Sanskriti Utsav at Rabindra Sadan complex. The festival will continue till January 1, 2017. The 2nd edition of the festival is being held at the Madhusudan Mancha complex.
16/12/2016
Kolkata Christmas Festival - 2016
•  The 6th Kolkata Christmas Festival, organized by the West Bengal Government, was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today evening at Allen Park which will continue till January 2, 2017.
14/12/2016
Bangla Sangeet Mela - 2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated the seven-day-long Bangla Sangeet Mela 2016 at Nazrul Mancha. About 1,800 singers and 300 musicians, including those from USA, UK and Bangladesh, are going to perform during the musical extravaganza, from December 15 to 21. The Hon’ble Chief Minister felicitated eminent personalities from the field of music with the Sangeet Mahasamman and Sangeet Samman awards.
11/11/2016
22nd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF)
•  The 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) was inaugurated today by legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan, in the gracious presence of Shah Rukh, Jaya Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Kajol, Parineeti Chopra along with the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and many guests and dignitaries of the industry. Distinguished personalities from all walks of life, national and international delegates and film enthusiasts in huge numbers graced the occasion. 155 films from 65 countries are being screened across 105 screens at 13 venues in Kolkata. The Bengali film ‘The Song of Life’ was screened as the inaugural film. This is the first time that a Bengali film has been selected as the opening film.
11/11/2016
Mother’s Wax Museum in New Town Phase II
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated the Phase II of Mother’s Wax Museum in New Town today by pressing the remote button from the dais of 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival from at Netaji Indoor Stadium. Exactly two years ago, on November 10, 2014 she had inaugurated Mother’s Wax Museum by pressing the remote button at the 20th KIFF held at the Netaji Indoor Stadium. Over the past two years, the Wax Museum has become an important tourist destination with the footfall touching 3.25 lakh.
08/11/2016
Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman 2016.
•  Like past years, the Bengal Government honoured today the Best Durga Pujas with Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman 2016. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave away the prizes to the Puja Committees at a programme in Nazrul Manch. This year, Durga pujas organised in foreign countries were included in the list of awardees.
21/10/2016
Police Commemoration Day - 2016
•  On the occasion of the Police Commemoration Day Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid floral tribute to the brave members of the force who laid down their lives in the line of duty at the Kolkata Police Memorial at the crossing of Red Road and Mayo Road. She expressed her gratitude to the family members of the deceased police personnel for the sacrifice they made to keep the public safe and secure.
14/10/2016
Carnival of Biswa Bangla - 2016
•  For the first time, a unique carnival of Biswa Bangla and other award winning thirty-nine Durga idols was held at Red Road, organized by the State I&CA department. Lakhs of people assembled at Red Road to witness the grand spectacle. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was present at the grand event, along with distinguished guests and dignitaries, announced that it has been decided to make the event an annual one, in order to offer the world yet another exclusive window to Bengal’s grand Durga Puja festival.
19/08/2016
‘Jai Hey’, - 2016
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at ‘Jai Hey’, the cultural programme of Kolkata Police, held at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.
01/08/2016
Progotir Pothe - 2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the programme Progotir Pothe, organised by the State Minorities Affairs Department, at Netaji Indoor Stadium.
23/07/2016
Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Samman - 2016
•  The West Bengal Government today conferred the Mahanayak Award 2016 to noted music director Bappi Lahiri while felicitating the marvels of the Bengali film industry on the eve of 36th Death Anniversary of film legend Mahanayak Uttam Kumar. Awards for the best film were given to Belaseshe and Sankhachil. Kaushik Ganguly and Gautam Ghosh were honoured with Best Director awards. Bisesh Chalachitra Samman for Acting was given to Paran Bandyopadhyay for Cinemawala and Jishu Sengupta for Bomkesh and Rajkahini while Barsa Sera Chalachitra Samman was awarded to Rituparna Sengupta for Belaseshe and rajkahini and Sohini Sarkar for Bomkesh, Rajkahini and Cinemawala. The Barsa Sera Chalachitara Samman for producers went to Sri Venkatesh Films. Noted film music deirector Bappi Lahiri was awarded tha Mahanayak Samman 2016. The awards were instituted in the year 2012, in the memory of the legendary actor Mahanayak Uttam Kumar.
21/02/2016
International Mother Language Day celebration
•  The West Bengal Government observed International Mother Language Day with full honour at Deshapriya Park. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present on the occasion along with her Cabinet colleagues Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim, Aroop Biswas, Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and many other dignitaries.
19/02/2016
Inauguration of Bhasha Shahid Smarak
•  The Bhasha Shahid Smarak, at the Ekushe Udyan opposite MP Birla Planetarium has been inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. February 21 is now celebrated as International Mother Language Day, after being recognised as such by UNESCO in 1999, and later by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008.
26/01/2016
The 67th Republic Day
•  The 67th Republic Day was held on Red Road, Kolkata. Hon’ble Governor hoisted the National Flag, in presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and all the Hon’ble Ministers of the State Cabinet. Besides the march pasts, a colourful parade and procession with decorated tableaux portraying the State’s culture and heritage were the highlights of the programme. Students from various parts of Bengal took part in the colourful programme.
25/01/2016
The 40th International Kolkata Book Fair
•  The 40th International Kolkata Book Fair has been inaugurated at Milan Mela Grounds, in presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. This year, the theme country is Bolivia and the noted Bolivian author Magela Baudoin graced the occasion. Distinguished writers, publishers, booksellers and book lovers in huge numbers were also present there. For the first time, Vietnam has participated in the International Kolkata Book Fair.
23/01/2016
120th birth anniversary of Netaji
•  The state-level celebration of birth anniversary of ‘Deshanayak’ Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was commemorated in Darjeeling with due dignity and honour. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present with Hon’ble Minister for Sports, Housing and Youth Service, Aroop Biswas, along with senior officials of the state government and many dignitaries from Darjeeling hills and elsewhere. A huge number of enthusiastic participants were present in the venue to pay their respects to Netaji. Local people and renowned performers presented a colourful cultural programme with a deep touch of patriotism.
22/01/2016
First anniversary celebration of Sherpa Cultural Board
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present in the prize distribution ceremony of Himal-Terai-Dooars Sports Festival, 2016 and first anniversary celebration of Sherpa Cultural Board in North Point, Darjeeling. A beautiful cultural programme was also presented on the occasion by the people of the Hills. Later in the evening, the Hon’ble Chief Minister attended ‘Uttar Banga Utsav 2016’ being held in Mal, Darjeeling.
19/01/2016
Mati Tirtha, Krishi Katha and Mati Utsav - 2016
•  The “Mati Utsav”2016 was celebrated at Sadhanpur, Bardhaman, in presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and distinguished invitees from different walks of life. On the same day, she inaugurated the permanent structure, ‘Mati Tirtha, Krishi Katha’, a permanent facility for soil-related activities and dissemination of information related to agriculture and agri-businesses. Shealso laid the foundation stone for the “Langcha Hub”, with a Common Facility Centre for the famous langcha, sitabhog and mihidana of Burdwan.
18/01/2016
Baul and Folk festival - 2016
•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the Baul and Folk Festival, organised for the first time, at Kenduli in Birbhum. The Government has decided to set up “Joydev Baul Academy” in Kenduli, for preservation, research and further development of this rich folk art. Hon’ble Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of the same. Over one thousand Baul singers under the State Lokprasar Prakalpa performed in a chorus in this programme. She also visited the Joydev Mandir in Kenduli and instructed the district administration to draw up plans to spruce up the area befitting to heritage status. The district administration in association with Tourism Department has built a eco-friendly tourist complex near Bolpur, which was named as “Rangabitan” by the Hon’ble Chief Minister.
13/01/2016
20th Jatra Utsav - 2016
•  The 20th "Jatra Utsav", has been inaugurated at Kacchari Maidan in Barasat in presence of Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. ‘Banglar Jibone Jatra’ is the theme, in this year. The 32-day long Jatra Festival will be showcased both at Kacchari Maidan and Phanibhusan Vidya Binode Yatra Mancha in Bagbzar. Sixteen jatra artistes including Nirmal Mukherje, Jayasree Mukherje were felicitated. Three hundred and eleven poor jatra artistes were given financial assistance. Minakshi Dey was given Bina Dasgupta Award.
12/01/2016
Felicitation of Ghulam Ali at Milan Utsav - 2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee felicitated the ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali from Pakistan, in a special programme, “Milan Utsav, 2016” at Netaji Indoor Stadium. She said, music has no boundaries. A spectacular performance by the ghazal maestro was the main event of the programme, which enthralled the dignitaries and the gather mass present at Netaji Indoor Stadium.
10/01/2016
Vivek Chetana Utsav - 2016
•  ‘Vivek Chetana Utsav’ a state-wide programme to commemorate the 154th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekanada, is being celebrated throughout the State and will run for the next two days.
09/01/2016
Closing ceremony of Bengal Global Business Summit - 2016
•  The Bengal Global Business Summit 2016 concluded today with a speech by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. In her concluding address, the Hon’ble Chief Minister touched on the many investment decisions which have been made over the two days of the summit. It was announced that, exceeding the investment proposals of 2015, this Summit generated staggering new investment proposals of Rs 2,50,104 Crore.
08/01/2016
Bengal Global Business Summit - 2016
•  The Bengal Global Business Summit 2016 was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Milan Mela ground in Kolkata today. Glorifying the occasion were His Excellency, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Mr Tshering Tobgay, Rt Hon Priti Patel, Minister for Employment in UK, Mr Norbu Wangchuk, Hon'ble Minister for Economic Affairs, Bhutan, Mr Tofail Ahmed, Hon'ble Minister of Commerce, Bangladesh, Hon'ble Central Ministers Mr Arun Jaitley, Mr Nitin Gadkari, Mr Suresh Prabhu, Mr Piyush Goyal, and Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr Arvind Kejriwal. Gracing the occasion were also noted industrialists Mr Mukesh Ambani, Dr Subhas Chandra, Mr Niranjan Hiranandani, Mr Sajjan Jindal, Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Mr Mohandas Pai, Mr Y C Deveshwar, Mr Sanjiv Goenka, Mr Harshvardhan Neotia along with captains of industry from the country and abroad. Respected Ambassadors and delegates from 25 countries, chambers of commerce and industry including the three apex bodies-CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM and a galaxy of celebrated personalities from the world of business, commerce, governance and other key sectors were present.
24/12/2015
Biswa Bangla Lok Sanskriti Utsav - 2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated The Biswa Bangla Lok Sanskriti Utsav to promote folk artists. A special floating stage has been set up at Lal Dighi near Writers’ Buildings for the event. The festival will continue till 1 January at two venues namely Princep Ghat (4 PM – 8 PM daily) and Lal Dighi (3 PM – 6 PM daily).
16/12/2015
Kolkata Christmas Festival - 2015
•  The 5th edition of the Kolkata Christmas Festival was inaugurated today evening by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Allen Park in the Park Street in the presence of Archbishop Thomas D’Souza and Bishop Ashoke Biswas. Eminent members of the Christian community along with Hon’ble Tourism Minister Bratya Basu were present on the occasion.
14/12/2015
Bangla Sangeet Mela - 2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated Bangla Sangeet Mela 2015-16 at Nazrul Mancha. Like every year, the Hon’ble Chief Minister felicitated a galaxy of stars from the music world with Sangeet Samman for their contribution to the field.
04/12/2015
Tele Academy Award - 2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present in the third Tele Academy Award presentation ceremony at Nazrul Mancha. In a glittering ceremony before a packed house, outstanding performers in the world of television and entertainment were given awards in recognition of their glorious contribution and performance.
26/11/2015
Biswa Bangla Sharod Samman - 2015
•  The West Bengal Government had instituted the ‘Biswa Bangla Sharod Samman’ in 2015 to honour the best Durga Puja committees in not just Kolkata and Bengal but across the globe. This year was the second season of the awards. Response from across various countries was huge. The prizes for the best puja committees were given away today by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a glorious ceremony held at Nazrul Mancha.
14/11/2015
21st Kolkata International Film Festival - 2015
•  The 21st Kolkata International Film Festival was inaugurated at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in presence of the legendary cine icon Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore, Mousumi Chatterjee, Vidya Balan and a galaxy of distinguished personalities from the world of entertainment, performing arts and different walks of life.
19/09/2015
Investiture Ceremony of Kolkata Police
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the Investiture Ceremony of the Kolkata Police held at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.
04/09/2015
Sikshya Ratna Award - 2015
•  On the eve of Teacher’s Day, the State Government felicitated teachers of schools and colleges with the prestigious “Sikshya Ratna” awards, in a programme at Nazrul Mancha. On the day’s occasion, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also launched a program “Muktir Alo” for rehabilitation of women who are victims of trafficking or related activities.
15/08/2015
Celebration of 69th Independence Day
•  The 69th Independence Day was celebrated in West Bengal in a befitting manner. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee unfurled the tricolour as the state celebrated the 69th Independence Day at Red Road.
14/08/2015
Kanyashree Dibash - 2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee transferred financial assistance to 27 lakh girls enrolled under Kanyashree scheme at the click of a button, during the third anniversary celebrations of the historic scheme at Nazrul Manch, Kolkata.
24/06/2015
Uttam Kumar Swarane - 2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid tribute to the legendary actor Uttam Kumar in a programme organized by the Government of West Bengal at Nazrul Mancha. Lifetime Achievement Awards, Mahanayak Samman, Mahanayika Samman and Special Film Awards in various categories were conferred through this spectacular cultural programme.
28/05/2015
'Tarana-e-Hindi' Award - 2015
•  The West Bengal Government conferred the prestigious “Tarana-e-Hindi” Award posthumously on Allama Iqbal, the great poet who penned the famous patriotic piece, “Sare Jahan Se Accha Hindustan Hamara…” in a colourful programme at Nazrul Mancha.The award was received by Prof. Dr. Waleed Iqbal, grandson of Allama Iqbal from Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
26/05/2015
116th Birth Anniversary of the Rebel Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam
•  West Bengal Government celebrated the 116th birth anniversary of the Rebel Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam through a special cultural programme at Nazrul Mancha in presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. On this day the Government gave away awards and recognition to various eminent stalwarts from fields of art and culture.
20/05/2015
Bangabibhusan and Bangabhusan - 2015
•  The state's highest civilian awards, Bangabibhusan and Bangabhusan, were conferred on 35 awardees for outstanding work in social work, music, arts, culture, literature, industry, medicine, sports, entertainment and service. In the presence of the Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee handed over the Banga Bibhushan and Banga Bhusan awards to the stalwarts. Personalities conferred with Banga Bibhushan: Posthumous award to the legendary vocalist Firoja Begum, Ramkrishna Mission, Bharat Sevshram Sangha, noted vocalist Abdul Rashid Khan, Rashid Khan, Girija Devi, noted instrumentalist Manilal Nag, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, noted Tabla exponent Shankar Ghosh,ex Chief of Army Staffs Gen Shankar Roy Chowdhury, noted songwriter and singer Kabir Suman, noted litterateur Dibyendu Palit, noted ex-football captain Syed Naeemuddin, noted industrialists Satyabrata Ganguly, Sanjeev Goenka, noted film institution Venkatesh Films, world acclaimed tennis ace Leander Paes, noted social worker Lyangsong Tamang, body builder and ex Mr Universe Manohar Aich, noted litterateur Rampada Chowdhury. Banga Bhusan Samman were conferred to noted education and social service institute Al Ameen Mission, noted instrumentalist Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, noted poet Subodh Sarkar, noted medical practitioners Dr Subrata Moitra, Dr Tridib Banerjee, popular actor Dipak Adhikari (Dev), noted filmmakers Shoojit Sorcar, Koushik Ganguly, noted social worker Nima Wangdi Sherpa, noted Baul artiste Kartik Das Baul, noted Indologist Kalyanbrata Chakraborty, noted chess player and GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly, noted cricketers Laxmiratan Shukla, Manoj Tewari, noted body builder and Yoga exponent Tushar Shil.
09/05/2015
155th birthday of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the fortnight-long state celebration of 155th birthday of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore from Cathedral Road.
14/03/2015
Krishak Divas - 2015
•   On the initiatives of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Krishak Divas is celebrated in all blocks of the State. Farmers who have accomplished major feats are awarded with Krishak Ratna awards.
04/03/2015
Basanta Sandhya - 2015
•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at Basanta Sandhya today – a cultural evening dedicated to the spirit of Holi, the festival of colours. Held at Nazrul Mancha, the programme was organized by Kolkata Improvement Trust and Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority in association with the I&CA Department.
03/03/2015
Charu Kala Utsav - 2015
•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee felicitated personalities from the field of Fine Arts with Shilpi Samman at the Charu Kala Utsav, organised by the Information & Cultural Affairs Department, and Paschim Banga Charu Kala Akademi, at Rabindra Sadan.
13/02/2015
Bangla Sangeet Mela - 2015
•  The annual ‘Bangla Sangeet Mela’ has been inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nazrul Mancha. Various singers will perform at nine different venues across the city between 13 to 19 February 2015. She also gave away ‘Sangeet Samman’ and ‘Sangeet Maha Samman’ to the eminent musicians.
02/02/2015
Tele Academy Awards - 2015
•  The 2nd edition of the Tele Academy Awards presentation ceremony for outstanding achievers on television was held at Nazrul Mancha. Television artistes, actors, directors, producers and technicians were felicitated by the West Bengal Government for their achievements in different fields of the television industry. Actors Monu Mukhopadhyay, Dipankare Dey and Mita Chattopadhyaya were honoured with Life Time Achievements Award by the Hon’ble Chief Minister. After the award ceremony a colourful cultural programme was performed by the television artistes.
28/01/2015
Mati Utsab - 2015
•  West Bengal has been observing “Mati Utsab’ – the Festival of Soils, since 2012. The third edition of this unique programme connecting soils with humanity, was inaugurated at Panagarh, Burdwan, by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Bengal’s rich culture, heritage, social and economic strengths connecting to the soil was showcased through “Mati Utsav”.
27/01/2015
39th International Kolkata Book Fair - 2015
•  The 39th International Kolkata Book Fair 2015 was inaugurated at the SBI Auditorium, Milan Mela Prangan, Kolkata by British journalist Anita Anand and Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The focal theme of this year’s International Kolkata Book Fair is Great Britain. Rob Lynes, Director, British Council India and litterateur Nemai Bhattacharyya were the special guests at the inaugural ceremony. metro city in the next 2-3 months and facility will be available at Park Street from February 5.
26/01/2015
Celebration of the 66th Republic Day
•  On the occasion of the 66th Republic Day of India, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged the people of the Nation to again rededicate to being a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic Republic. In a colourful programme held at Red Road in Kolkata, Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal hoisted the National Flag and presided over the march past of armed and police forces, in presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
23/01/2015
119th birthday celebration of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
•  The 119th birthday of the National Hero, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was celebrated with due honour and reverence all over the state. The state-level celebration of Netaji's birthday was held at the Mall in Darjeeling, where Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid tribute. Since last year, the Government has been observing this programme at Darjeeling considering Netaji's deep connection with the Hills. A very colourful cultural programme was held by people belonging to the Sherpa and Lepcha communities.
22/01/2015
First anniversary of the Tamang Development and Cultural Board - 2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the celebration of the first anniversary of the Tamang Development and Cultural Board, which the Government had set up in January last year. The New Year celebration ‘Lochaar’ was also held. The vibrant programme was observed colourful through cultural events along with the famous traditional Tamang dance, "Dumphoo".
21/01/2015
Himal Terai Dooars Sports Festival - 2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the closing ceremony and prize distribution program in Himal Terai Dooars Sports Festival. Nearly 7000 sportspersons from the Hills and Dooars took part in football, martial art, archery and volleyball. One girl’s hostel of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was also inaugurated for women mountaineers by the Hon’ble Chief Minister.
20/01/2015
Uttarbanga Utsab - 2015
•  The week-long 'Uttarbanga Utsab', 2015 was inaugurated at Kanchenjunga Stadium, Siliguri by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Eminent personalities from different sectors of society were conferred with ‘Banga Ratna’ award by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, in this programme. This festival was started in 2012 to give the cultural and traditional heritage of North Bengal a special focus.
02/01/2015
19th Jatra Utsab - 2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the 19th edition of the Jatra Utsab at Kacchari Maidan in Barasat, North 24 Parganas.
17/11/2014
The closing ceremony of the 20th Kolkata International Film Festival
•  The closing ceremony of the 20th Kolkata International Film Festival was held at Najrul Mancha. Hon’ble guests included Australian filmmaker Paul Kox, filmmaker Farah Khan, actor and theatre personality Amol Palekar, veteran actor Madhabi Mukherjee and other distinguished personalities. For the first time in its history, the festival turned competitive this year and so many films were awarded the ‘Golden Royal Bengal Tiger’ award.
11/11/2014
Inaugurated the new campus of Aliah University
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the new campus of Aliah University.
10/11/2014
20th edition of the Kolkata International Film Festival - 2014
•  The 20th edition of the Kolkata International Film Festival was inaugurated by legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The Chief Guest for the programme was celebrated actor Mr Shahrukh Khan. Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Mr Paul Cox was the Special Guest along with actors Jaya Bachchan, Tanuja, Aisharya Rai Bachchan, Avishek Bachchan and Irrfan Khan as other special guests. The film festival, continuing till November 17, will showcase 140 films from 60 countries. There will be 31 Indian films, including 13 Bengali films. For the first time, the fest turns competitive with 15 films by women directors from across the globe competing for the top jury award, the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger trophy in the Women Directors segment. The inaugural film selected is the Italian movie "Italo Barocco" by Alessia Scarso.
10/11/2014
Inaugurated the Mother’s Wax Museum in Rajarhat New Town
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Mother’s Wax Museum in Rajarhat New Town through remote control from the inaugural ceremony function of Kolkata Film Festival in the presence of Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan.
07/11/2014
The Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman - 2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee presented the Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman Sharad Samman for this year at Nazrul Mancha today. The award ceremony was jointly organized by the Department of Information and Culture, West Bengal Government, Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the Kolkata Police.
22/09/2014
‘Agomoni’ - 2014
•  The West Bengal Government, for the first time ever, organized a colourful event ‘Agomoni’, at the Nazrul Mancha, to herald the coming of Bengal’s biggest festivities, the Durga Puja. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present on the occasion. The state government felicitated three legends of the Bengali Music world. The event saw musical performances by various artistes and included the dance drama ‘Mahishashur Mardini’.
05/09/2014
Celebration of Teachers Day 2014
•  West Bengal Government felicitated one hundred teachers from all over the State with Siksha Ratna Samman on the occasion of Teachers` Day. The Government also awarded 42 schools with the Best School Awards. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee handed over the awards today at a programme organized by the School Education Department at Netaji Indoor Stadium.
15/08/2014
Celebration of 68th Independence Day
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted people on the occasion of Independence Day. She was present at the Independence Day parade at Red Road. Hon’ble Chief Minister unfurled the tricolour on Red Road and received a guard of honour from the Kolkata police. Cultural programmes were held by school children and various artistes at the Red Road venue showcasing the cultural heritage of the country. On this occasion, for the first time in West Bengal, Police Medals and commendation awards were conferred to IPS officers and officials of various departments for their distinguished service by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The state government departments which received the award for commendable service were Department for Panchayat and Rural and Development, Women and Child Welfare, Finance, Small Scale Industries, Health and Family Welfare. The district administration of Hoogly, Nadia, Burdwan and Birbhum were also conferred awards for commendable service in 100 Days Work Scheme. The departments of tourism, information and cultural affairs, women and social welfare department and labour brought out colourful.
14/08/2014
Biswa Bangla chain of stores
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the second outlet of the Biswa Bangla chain of stores at Dakshinapan Shopping Centre in South Kolkata.
14/08/2014
Kanyashreee Dibas
•  The first Kanyashreee Dibas was celebrated today in every block of the State. Today at the State-level celebrations at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ceremonially transferred the grants of Kanyashree to the bank accounts of almost four lakh girl students around the state. The Chief Minister felicitated fifty girl students for their achievement in different competitions, as well as distributed prizes to three best districts, three best schools and three best colleges for their contribution to the Kanyashree scheme.
24/07/2014
Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Samman - 2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, at the annual Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Samman at Nazrul Mancha, felicitated cine personalities for their contribution to the Bengali film industry. The awards were instituted in the year 2012, on the initiative of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, in the memory of the legendary actor Mahanayak Uttam Kumar. Veteran actor Mousumi Chatterjee and Bengali film star Dev were the recipients of this year`s Mahanayak Samman (Female and Male respectively). Moonmoon Sen was awarded the Mahanayika Samman. Actors, Chiranjeet Chakraborty, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Mamata Shankar and Debashree Roy were feted with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Special Film Awards were presented to actors Arindam Sil, Hiran Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee, Indranil Sengupta, Ankush Hazra, Ritwik Chakraborty, Kharaj Mukherjee, Rudranil Ghosh, Mimi Chakraborty,Sayantika Banerjee, Paoli Dam, Nusrat Jahan, Sreela Majumdar and Anuradha Roy. Veteran playback artiste Kumar Sanu was felicitated with Lifetime Achievement Award for Music , while Special Film Awards (Music) were presented to Shibaji Chattopadhyay, Arundhati Home Chowdhury and Adhir Chatterjee. Special Film awards for cinematography were given to Sirsha Roy and Shoumik Haldar while that of Editing was given to Bodhaditya Banerjee and Debkanta Chakraborty. Surinder Films received the Special Film award for the best Producer. Dipankar Chaki and Goutam Nag were awarded for sound recording while Azad Ahmed received the award for makeup. The award for art direction was given to Tanmoy Chakroborty and Goutam Bose while that for costume went to Sabarni Das. Special film awards for Direction were bestowed to Swapan Saha, Kamaleshwar Mukherjee and Prodipto Bhattacharyya. Hon’ble Chief Minister, on the occasion said that she firmly believed that the golden era of Bengali film and television industry will return. She said that it was necessary to honour talent in Bengal.
30/06/2014
Celebrating Hool Dibash
•  The newly formed Department of Tribal Development, West Bengal Government, observed the Hool Dibas through a programme at the Kshudiram Anusilan Kendro. Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is the Minister in Charge for the department, was present on the occasion and expressed her respect towards the Santhal people and their courageous fight against the then British Raj.
19/06/2014
Program to Minority Affairs
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at a programme organized by the Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education Department at Netaji Indoor Stadium. She distributed scholarships and self-employment loans to the minority community students and entrepreneurs. She also felicitated students who topped the Alim and Fazil examination.
10/06/2014
Felicitation to Secondary & Higher Secondary Students-2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee felicitated the toppers of Madhyamik and the Higher Secondary examinations in Kolkata Town Hall. Altogether 54 students who topped the Madhyamik and 28 who topped the Higher Secondary were felicitated.
26/05/2014
Inauguration of Nazrul Tirtha
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated Najrul Tirtha, the cultural and educational centre dedicated to the Rebel Poet Kazi Najrul Islam, at New Town, Kolkata. Different academies and centres under the Information & Cultural Dept., Govt. of West Bengal, were awarded on the occasion.
20/05/2014
Bangabibushan & Bangabushan-2014
•  The Government of West Bengal conferred the State’s highest civilian awards – “Bangabibhusan” and “Bangabhusan” to 33 individuals for outstanding contribution in respective fields. In an illustrious programme held at the Science City Auditorium, Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal M K Narayanan felicitated the recipients in presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
21/02/2014
International Mother Language Day- 2014
•  The West Bengal government will build a Martyrs’ Memorial in Kolkata to honour those who sacrificed their lives in the Bengali Language Movement in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1952, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at an event to observe the International Mother Language Day at Deshapriya Park, Kolkata.
14/02/2014
Charukala Utsab- 2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated Charukala Utsav 2014 at Academy of Fine Arts. The festival will continue till February 23. On this occasion 4 eminent artistes were felicitated with Shilpi Sampan and Shilpi Mahasamman. She also ceremonially published a book of paintings by Jamini Roy. 'Shilpi Moha Somman' award has been conferred to Dhirendranath Brahma, Rabindranath Mandal, Kartik Pain, Prakash Karmakar and Uma Siddahnta while 'Shilpi Somman' was conferred to Sunil Dey, Ashok Bhowmik and Arun Kumar Chakraborty.
14/02/2014
Mati Utsab- 2014
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Maati Utsab 2014 at Birudiha, Panagarh, Bardhaman. The festival promotes cultures and traditions of rural Bengal that are fast losing out to urbanisation. Litterateur and social activist Mahasweta Debi and actor Prasenjit Chatterjee were present on the occasion alongside cabinet ministers and other dignitaries.
10/02/2014
Bangla Sangeet Mela- 2014
•  Bangla Sangeet Mela 2014 is being held across 9 venues in Kolkata from February 11 to February 17. This annual event was inaugurated on February 10 by Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Science City Main Auditorium. Hon'ble Chief Minister felicitated the legends of Bengali music by honouring them with Sangeet Samman and Sangeet Mahasamman in the inaugural ceremony.
09/02/2014
Technicians Studio renovated
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated renovated Technicians` Studio at Tollygaunge. The renovated studio was opened in the glorious presence of a galaxy of eminent personalities of the cultural and entertainment world of Tollywood and Tellywood in a unique programme.
06/02/2014
Inauguratin of 18th Jatra Festival
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the 18th edition of the Jatra Festival at Kacchari Maidan in Barasat. The festival will be held from February 6 to 8 at the Kachari Maidan and from February 7 to 28 at Fanibhusan Bidyabinod Jatra Mancha at Bag Bazar. On the inaugural ceremony, Organized by the Paschim Banga Jatra Academy under the Information & Cultural Affairs of the State Government, the festival will see participance of jatra performing teams from various districts. . She announced that the pension being provided by the state government to out of work and poor Jatra artistes has been raised from Rs 7000 to Rs 8000.
23/01/2014
Celebration of Netaji’s 118th birthday
•  The celebration of Netaji’s 118th birthday was held at Darjeeling for the first time in presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on her third day of visit to North Bengal.
22/01/2014
Inauguration of Nivedita Educational & Cultural Institute, Darjeeling
•  In a programme organized by the Ramkrishna Mission, the Nivedita Educational & Cultural Institute was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She was also present at a prize distribution ceremony at Lebong Stadium in Darjeeling.
21/01/2014
National Convention of Tamang community
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the National Convention organized by the Tamang community at Mirik in Darjeeling.
20/01/2014
Uttar Banga Utsav
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the third edition of the five-day Uttar Banga Utsav at the Kanchanjungha stadium in Siliguri. The Chief Minister felicitated seven personalities of the six districts in North Bengal with ‘Banga Samman’ for their contribution to the region in various fields.
18/01/2014
Annual Investiture Ceremony of Kolkata Police
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee distributed awards for outstanding service to personnel from the Kolkata police force in its annual investiture ceremony.
10/01/2014
Closing Ceremony of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda
•  The State Government observed the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda through yearlong programmes. At the concluding part of the celebration, for the first time, the state Government in presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, organized a colourful ceremony to pay homage to Swamiji at Red Road. Swami Suhitananda, Secretary Maharaj, Ramkrishna Mission Math and Mission, Belur Math graced the occasion.
03/01/2014
Tele Award
•  The first ‘Tele Award’ was organized by the West Bengal government. In the Programme, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee felicitated personalities from the Bengali television world. Jishu Dasgupta and Jochan Dastidar were honoured with posthumous awards. Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Monoj Mitra, Sabitri Chattopadhyay and Madhabi Mukhopadhyay were honoured wiyh Lifetime Achievement Awards on the occasion. Awards were given in other categories too. She also announced that all the artists and technicians will be provided with medical insurance soon.
20/12/2013
Inauguration of 3rd Kolkata International Children`s Film Festival
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the 3rd Kolkata International Children`s Film Festival at Nandan, West Bengal Film Center. Eminent actor Mohan Agashe was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
20/12/2013
Inaguration of Kolkata Christmas Carnival
•  The Kolkata Christmas Carnival was inaugurated by Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Allen Park, Park Street. This festival will continue till 2 January, 2014.
17/11/2013
Closing ceremony of 19th KIFF
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister felicitated 'Pancha Konya' - Mousumi Chatterjee, Rani Mukherjee, Susmita Sen, Bipasha Basu and Koel Mullick at the closing ceremony of 19th Kolkata International Film Festival.
10/11/2013
Inauguration of 19th KIFF
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee along with Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan inaugurated the festival in the presence of a galaxy of stars, including Shah Rukh Khan, Kamal Haasan, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Jaya Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty among several other dignitaries at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.
03/09/2013
A programme by Lepcha Development Board
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was conferred the honorary title `Kingchum Daarmit` (Goddess of Fortune) by the Indigenous Lepcha Tribal Association (ILTA) at the Mela Ground in Kalimpong for taking initiative to form the Lepcha Development Board.
30/08/2013
Cultural programme of the Kolkata Police entitled ‘Jayo He’
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was the Chief Guest at the 2nd edition of the annual cultural programme of the Kolkata Police entitled ‘Jayo He’ at Netaji Indoor Stadium.
15/08/2013
Celebration of the 67th Independence Day
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hoisted the National Flag on the occasion of the celebration of the 67th Independence Day.
08/08/2013
Commemorating ‘Baishe Shrabon’ – Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore’s 72nd Death Anniversary
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee released a commemorative volume of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali (Song Offerings) in 14 languages on the Baishe Shrabon, the 72nd death Anniversary of the poet. She paid tributes to the poet at his ancestral house at Jorasanko Thakurbari.
24/07/2013
Uttam Kumar Swarane 2013
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister conferred Chalacchitra Awards at the programme ‘Uttam Kumar Swarane’ organized by the State Government on the 33rd Death Anniversary of the legendary hero at Nazrul Mancha.
25/05/2013
Birth Anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated a programme titled Nazrul Janma jayanti, organized by the State Government to commemorate the 114th Birth Anniversary of Bidrohi Kobi Kazi Nazrul Islam at Nazrul Mancha, Kolkata. Eminent personalities like Kazi Kalyani, Jogen Chowdhury, Joy Goswami and Bibhas Chakrabaorty among others were present on this occasion.
20/05/2013
Banga Bibhusan and Banga Bhusan 2013
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on behalf of the State Government conferred Banga Bibhusan and Banga Bhusan awards to eminent personalities who had excelled in their fields of work.
09/05/2013
Celebration of Pochishe Boisakh, Birth Anniversary of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid homage to Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore on his 152nd Birth Anniversary at Rabindra Sadan. She attended a programme organized by the State Government at the Cathedral Road which also had the glorious presence of eminent personalities like Sandhya Mukherjee, Dwijen Mukhopadhyay, Jogen Chowdhury, Pt. Ajay Chakraborty, Sumitra Sen among others.
06/04/2013
Inauguration of the Bangla Sangeet Mela 2013
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Bangla Sangeet Mela 2013 at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata. She felicitated eminent musicians and music practitioners in this programme.
26/03/2013
Basanta Utsab
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at a programme organized by the KMDA and KIT at Nazrul Mancha to commemorate Basanta Utsab.
21/02/2013
Celebration of the International Mother Language Day
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present on the occasion of International Mother Language Day at Deshapriya Park, Kolkata. The programme entitled Amar Ekushe was held at the Bhasha Shadid Mancha, a memorial for the martyrs of Ekushe February.
09/02/2013
Inauguration of the Mati Utsab
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Mati Utsab at Panagarh, Bardhaman.
08/02/2013
Inauguration of the 17th Jatra Festival
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the 17th Jatra Festival at the Kachhari Maidan, Barasat.
28/01/2013
Inauguration of the Uttar Banga Utsab
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Uttar Banga Utsab at the Kanchenjunga Stadium, Siliguri.
26/01/2013
Celebration of the 64th Republic Day
•  Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, hoisted the National Flag on the celebration ceremony of the 64th Republic Day at Red Road. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present on this occasion. The ceremony was marked with parades and tableaux.
26/01/2013
Inauguration of the 37th Kolkata Book Fair
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the 37th Kolkata Book Fair at the Milan Mela Prangan, Kolkata, along with Anisujjaman, eminent educationist, academician and essayist from Bangladesh.
23/01/2013
Birth Anniversary Celebration of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attended a State Government programme at Netaji Bhawan in Elgin Road to commemorate the 116th Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
21/01/2013
Felicitation to Ex-footballers
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attended a State Government programme at Canning Sports Complex at canning, South 24 Parganas and felicitated ex-footballers from Bengal.
12/01/2013
Inauguration of World Youth Festival
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the 3-day long World Youth Festival at Yuva Bharati Kriangan in presence of the Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal.
03/01/2013
Inauguration of the Centenary Session of the Indian Science Congress
•  Hon’ble President of India, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were present at the Centenary Session of the Indian Science congress, held at Yuba Bharati Kriangan, Kolkata. Eminent scientists from the country and abroad attended this session.
03/01/2013
Felicitation programme of the Ex-Cricketers from India and Pakistan
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee felicitated Ex-Cricketers from India and Pakistan at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The ex-players included Bishen Singh Bedi, Ajit Wadekar Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sourav Gangopadhyay, Mushtaq Mohammad, Intikhab Alam, Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raza.