Kolkata: Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) is coming up with an archive of masks, musical instruments and various articles of daily domestic use of different caste and communities of the state.The aim of the university is to acquaint the present generation with the tradition and culture of these communities and encourage research activities involving these communities’ lifestyle. Most of the articles belonging to the communities that will be exhibited in the archive have become extinct now. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”We have at present around 80 articles in our collection that we have been accumulating for the last seven years. We have plans to take this to over 100 before univeiling the archive,” said Haimanti Chattopadhyay, member secretary of West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts, RBU. The collection includes a dhak made of cane used more than 2,00 years back, a mask made of gourd used by the Rajbanshi community, the flutes of the Mech, Rava and the Rajbanshi communities, exquisite musical instruments like Tungna of theTamang and those of Limbu Lepcha , Dhimal, Munda and other communities. It will have a variety of old masks of Chaau from Purulia district, the masks worn by the Lepchas, the Rajbanshis and the Mech too. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA major attraction will be a few specimen of the Dashabatar Cards that had originated at Bishnupur in Bankura way back in the 16th century. Bir Hambir, the king of Bishnupur, invented this card. It is a unique example of Bengal’s folk art. “We have not yet set any timeline for setting up the archive as we have to come up with audio and video documentation and most importantly a text on description of the objects mentioning the place from where it has been procured. Our Vice-Chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury who is the chairman of the akademi is constantly encouraging us in our endeavour,” Chattopadhyay said. As per plans, the archive will come up in a room at the second floor of the building that houses the office of the State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts.
Kolkata: A complaint was lodged with the Election Commission against Bangladeshi actor Abdun Gaji Noor who courted controversy by taking part in an election rally on Wednesday.The state BJP leaders have registered a complaint with the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) against the participation of the Bangladeshi actor in the election campaign. The Election Commission has taken an exception to the participation of a foreign national in the election campaign. It was learnt that the office of the Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh took up the matter with the actor. He will be asked to return to his homeland. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned here that Bangladeshi actor Noor triggered controversy after he took part in an election rally in Dum Dum in favour of Sougata Roy, who is contesting the ongoing election from Dum Dum. Noor was found standing in a hood-less jeep along with Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra on Wednesday. The incident sparked a political slugfest between the Trinamool Congress and BJP. The state BJP leaders termed the incident a gross violation of the model code of conduct (MCC) and demanded action against the TMC candidate Roy. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt was learnt from the sources in the CEO office that there is no specific laws laid down by the Election Commission of India (ECI) in this regard. Hence the officials cannot take any action against a foreign national. They are however looking into the matter and may seek suggestion from the ECI. The Bangladeshi actor however claimed that he took part in the road show after being requested by TMC leader Madan Mitra. The actor also defended himself by saying that he took part in the road show without uttering a word. Meanwhile, it may be said that in a similar incident Bangladeshi film actor Ferdous Ahmed also triggered controversy after he attended an election rallies in Raiganj constituency areas on April 14. The actor was seen seeking votes for Trinamool Congress candidate Kanhaiyalal Agarwal at campaign rallies across Hemtabad and Karandighi near the Indo-Bangladesh border for ensuing Lok Sabha polls. As the matter came to light, Ahmed was asked by the office of the Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh to leave the country and go to Bangladesh immediately.