Birbhum Lokutsav celebrates the folk art forms and handicrafts of Birbhum district of West Bengal. The rich red soil of Birbhum, along with its shallow meandering rivers, terracotta temple, the Visava Bharati university and its rich legacy of literary stalwarts provide a fitting backdrop for cultural activities. The Baul tunes of Birbhum, traditional dance form Raibenshe and other tribal dances set the precedent to numerous cultural activities and festivals in the region. At Birbhum Lokutsav, traditional handicrafts made by rural artisans, including Kantha embroidery, Patachitra, batik prints, shola art, bamboo basketry and pottery will be exhibited and sold. The festival will also feature cultural performances such as Baul music, Raibenshe and Chau dance. This festival is held as part of the Rural Craft and Cultural Hubs (RCCH) initiative of West Bengal undertaken by the Department of MSME&T (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles), Govt. of West Bengal, and UNESCO, with support from the District Administration of Birbhum.
The Birbhum Lokutsav was held between 12 and 14 April from 3pm to 8pm at Daak-Bunglow Ground of Bolpur, Shantiniketan.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Bolpur
1. By Air: The nearest airport is in Jessore at a distance of 127 km.
2. By Rail: There are no regular trains to Bolpur from other major cities of the country. The nearest railway station is at Durgapur which is located at a distance of 41 km.
3. By Road: Good motorable roads connect Santiniketan with Kolkata (213 km), Durgapur (56 km) and Sarnath (197 km). Tourist cars and buses are available from bus stand or railway station. Best local transport is the cycle rickshaw,
Items & Accessories To Carry
1. Light and airy cotton clothes; Bolpur is typically very hot in April.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
3. Comfortable footwear such as sneakers (a perfect option if it’s not likely to rain).
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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