Mamata Banerjee was seen shaking a leg for the primary time in latest reminiscence as she danced on stage together with tribal musician Basanti Hembram, a recipient of the state authorities’s Sangeet Samman, at an occasion on Wednesday night.
If the Santhali welcome dance was not sufficient for the chief minister to drive dwelling the message that the “holy soil” of Bengal would stay unscathed in divisive politics, she stated the state would by no means be become Gujarat.
In over 4 many years of her public life, Mamata has usually been seen choosing up some instrument or vocalising in contribution to dwell musical performances. Typically, she has even been seen swaying to the music.
However on the occasion organised by the state authorities on the Uttirna auditorium in Alipore, Calcutta, she broke right into a jig – a standard Santhali welcome dance referred to as Dong — with Hembram and several other different artistes on the inauguration of the Bangla Sangeet Mela and the Biswa Bangla Sanskriti Utsav, 2020. Hembram was handed the Sangeet Samman on the occasion.
“From this dais, we tried giving the message to each part of the folks that we’re for all. Music doesn’t divide, however solely unites… Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains. Our surnames could be totally different, our appearances could be totally different, our complexions could be totally different — similar to the numerous musical devices — however we’re all a part of one massive household, internationally. The household of humanity,” Mamata stated in her handle.
“Don’t ever, please, let anyone divide that household. Battle the makes an attempt boldly. We are going to combat this boldly,” she added. The chief minister didn’t take names, however it was obvious that the goal of her assault was the BJP and its allegedly divisive agenda.
In a jibe on the aggressively repeated assertions by the likes of BJP state chief Dilip Ghosh that Bengal can be become one other Gujarat if his social gathering got here to energy right here, Mamata stated she would by no means permit that to occur.
She stated the Jai Hind slogan by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the Vande Mataram slogan and music by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee and the Jana Gana Mana music by Rabindranath Tagore had been all contributed to India by Bengal.
“Bengal’s excellence and advantage is universally acclaimed and world-class…. That is the holy soil that we should respect day and night time…. We are going to shield it with our lives,” stated Mamata.
“No one can come near matching Bengal and can by no means have the ability to…. Irrespective of how a lot they attempt to malign Bengal. I actually consider that there will likely be a day once more quickly when the entire world will salute Bengal,” she added. “We are going to by no means permit Bengal be become Gujarat.”
A senior Trinamul Congress MP stated the speech was yet one more addition to her makes an attempt to painting the BJP because the marauding bohiragawto (outsider), attempting to destroy Bengal and all that it stood for.
He stated in continuation of that wider train, the social gathering determined to contain no less than 3,000 folks linked with the tradition of Bengal, together with Baul singers, Kirtan singers and different artistes of tribal tradition, within the march she would undertake in Bolpur on December 29.
In her counter-rally after an analogous programme there by Union dwelling minister Amit Shah — which drew no less than 40,000 folks and alarmed her social gathering — Trinamul would guarantee a turnout of over 2.5 lakh.
Trinamul leaders stated the core theme of the rally can be Bengal’s tradition.
“Shah tried to pander to Bengal’s tradition and had lunch at a Baul singer’s dwelling…. Our chief minister has already supplied a month-to-month stipend to all artistes linked with people and tribal tradition,” stated Abhijit Sinha, senior Trinamul chief in Birbhum.
In Birbhum, there are round 12,000 artistes who get the month-to-month stipend of Rs 1,000 every from the state authorities.
Birbhum district Trinamul president Anubrata Mondal had distributed 4,000 conventional drums and eight,000 conventional percussion devices to 4,000 groups of Kirtan singers in 2018. All of them have been invited.