Kolkata Christmas Festival - 2018
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present today in the inauguration ceremony of the Kolkata Christmas Festival at Park Street. Introduced by the present government in 2011, this festival, with its beautiful spread of Christmas carols, great food, glittering lights and lots more, is indeed a signature event in the city. The Hon’ble Chief Minister invited all to come and join the festivities. On this occasion, she sent out the message of peace, unity, harmony, tolerance and of upholding individual liberty and dignity. Later, like previous years, she joined all in the Christmas Meet, 2018 at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.
Bangla Sangeet Mela - 2018
•  The much-awaited annual festival of melodious songs of Bengal, the Bangla Sangeet Mela, 2018 was inaugurated today by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, at Uttirna. On this occasion, the prestigious Sangeet Mahasamman awards were conferred on Arijit Singh, Shaan, Pratik Choudhury, Ruponkar Bagchi, Monomoy Bhattacharya, Raghab Chatterjee, Sraboni Sen, Debojyoti Bose, Saikat Mitra and Debojyoti Mishra. Also, Sangeet Samman awards were conferred on Gita Choudhury, Jojo, Srikumar Chattopadhyay, Manab Mukherjee, Rahul Chatterjee, Durga Roy, Asim Roy, Mahim Fakir, Bibha Hansda, Saraswati Debi and Sibsundar Das. These awards have been introduced by the present government in 2011 for outstanding contribution to the world of music. To showcase the immensely rich folk heritage of Bengal, the Biswa Bangla Lok Sanskriti Utsav, 2018, introduced by the present government 3 years ago, was also flagged off from the same occasion. Thousands of folk artists from all over the state will be performing in this festival. The Hon’ble Chief Minister invited all to come and have a feel of this wonderful world of songs, music and folk songs over the coming days.