Banga Bibhusan and Banga Bhusan - 2018
•  Bengal’s highest civilian awards, Banga Bibhusan and Banga Bhusan, were conferred for outstanding contributions in various fields. Instituted by the present government in 2011, this is the seventh year of the awards and the ceremony was held in a befitting manner in Nazrul Mancha today, in presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The recipients of Banga Bibhushan Samman this year were legendary singer Asha Bhosle, Girija Shankar Roy (academician), Suhrid Kumar Bhowmick (linguist), Samaresh Majumder (writer), Subratra Bhattacharya (footballer), Md Habib (footballer), Prosenjit Chatterjee (actor) and Retd Justice Shyamal Kumar Sen. This year the recipients of Banga Bhushan awards were Sriradha Bandyopadhyay (singer), Arundhati Home Chowdhury (singer), and Partha Ghosh (voice-artist). From the stage, the Hon’ble Chief Minister announced that the Chief Secretary of the State will personally meet legendary Kathak exponent Pandit Birju Maharaj and felicitate him with Banga Bibhushan award.
Rabindra Jayanti - 2018
•  The state-level celebration of Rabindra Jayanti was held today at Cathedral Road, Kolkata. Legendary personalities from the world of music, culture, performing arts and almost all walks of life were present on the occasion to pay homage to Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore. Renditions of his immortal creations gave a beautiful touch to the ceremony. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the celebration programme.