The festival of Holi is celebrated as BASANTA UTSAV in West Bengal. It will be held on 16th March this year. It is celebrated to welcome the Spring season – the season of Hope. The Basanta Utsav means the “Celebration of Spring”.
The beautiful tradition of celebrating the spring festival in Bengal was first started by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan.
Actually, Basant Utsav is no different from Holi, except for the gracefulness with which it is celebrated.
On the day of Holi, people from different places, states, and even foreigners, people of different age groups enjoy the colorful vibes and spirit of festivity.
In this article, you will get to know the following details about Santiniketan Basanta Utsav 2023,
Let’s see each of these points in detail…
Santiniketan Basanta Utsav 2023 Date
The Santiniketan Basanta Utsav may take place on 8th March 2023 according to unconfirmed news. However, nothing is yet confirmed by the authorities.
The Dol Utsav usually starts early morning. There are a lot of dance performances and other cultural events.
Santiniketan Dol Utsav 2023 Location
The Basanta Utsav 2023 will take place on the Day of Dol, but this time the venue is not yet confirmed by the administration. Dol Utsav may take place in the Viswa-Bharati University, or the Poush Mela Maidan.
The Shantiniketan, Sriniketan & the District administrators will take due care of the welfare of the people so that the festival would be held in a proper manner so that none of the people get stampeded and injured during the Basanta Utsav.
How to reach Santiniketan Dol Utsav 2023
Shantiniketan is at a distance of 163 km approx from Kolkata. It takes 4 hrs to reach via GT Road. It is at a distance of 53 km from Durgapur and takes a maximum of 2 hrs to reach via Bolpur, Kabi-Jaydev Road.
From Kolkata, Shantiniketan, Bolpur can be easily reached by bus or train. There are buses from Kolkata as well as Durgapur and are available at nominal prices.
There are plenty of trains from Howrah & Sealdah Railway stations to Bolpur. Rampurhat Express, Kaviguru Express, Saraighat express, and Shantiniketan Express are a few of them.
You can reach on the day of the festival by starting your journey early morning at about 5 AM or you can travel there the previous day and can accommodate yourself in any guest house or hotel there.
Where to stay at Santiniketan for Basanta Utsav 2023
If you want to see the Basanta Utsav from the beginning, which starts at 9 AM, you might have to reach Santiniketan the previous day and stay the night there.
You can accommodate yourself in any guest house or hotel there. There are plenty of Hotels and Guest Houses. You have to book them in advance as there are hardly any available to book after reaching.
About the Basanta Utsav Celebrations at Santiniketan
The cultural program is mainly organized by the Students of Viswa-Bharati University. Students of the University wear yellow traditional attires.
The atmosphere is vibrant, the air gets filled up with shades of red, blue, green, yellow, and pink. With the advancement of spring Shantiniketan gears up to add charm to the Basanta Utsav. There is a play of colors everywhere, women wear garlands of flowers mainly made of Palash and Krishnachura flowers.
The events start with various cultural programs with songs of Rabindranath Tagore. Little Kids also take part in this function making the atmosphere more melodious.
A handful of abir or Gulaal is applied to friends and loved ones bringing a shining flame to the festival. Everyone there generally plays with abir or Gulaal and not with water (Pichkari).
On the campus ground, students enjoy themselves by creating a musical environment with mouth organs and flutes. One of the main attractions of the event is the “Bauls”.
They add enthusiasm to the minds of the youth with their mesmerizing voice along with their one-stringed instrument known as the “Ektara” or the “one-stringed instrument”.
Where else to visit near Santiniketan?
One of the main places o visit Shantiniketan is to visit Khowai Mela or Sonajhuri which is a local market at Khowai where local beautiful handicrafts are displayed.
Folk dances and local dances are showcased and songs are sung to make the festival more merrymaking.
Santiniketan Basanta Utsav 2023 FAQ
What is the date of Santiniketan Basanta Utsav 2023?
8th March 2023
Will Santiniketan Basanta Utsav take place this year?
Santiniketan Basanta Utsav 2023 may take place this year by taking safety precautions. However, nothing is confirmed till now by the administration.
What is the location of Santiniketan Basanta Utsav 2023?
Santiniketan Basanta Utsav will take place either in the Viswa-Bharati University, or the Poush Mela Maidan.
Can anyone visit the Santiniketan Basanta Utsav 2023?
Anyone can visit the Santiniketan Basanta Utsav. However, this year there might be some safety precautions that will be followed. Nothing is confirmed as of now.
Basanta Utsav is a whole package of smiles, vivid emotions, and colors and is rich in culture and traditions.
If you haven’t visited the Basanta Utsav at Santiniketan, you must visit it and get immersed in the celebrations at the festival of colors with your friends and loved ones.
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