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Basant Utsav (Holi / Spring Festival)

By debu    
Holi by the name of Basant Utsav is celebrated with fervour in the state of West Bengal. The tradition of Vasantotsav, meaning Spring Festival was started by poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Shantiniketan, the University he founded.

What is appreciated is the grace and dignified manner in which Vasant Utsav is celebrated in West Bengal as compared to boisterous Holi witnessed in most parts of India. Boys and girls joyfully welcome Spring, the season of hope not just with colours but with songs, dance, chanting of hymns in the serene ambiance of Shantiniketan. Anybody who got a chance to witness this elegant way of celebrating Holi in Bengal remembers it with fond memory for the rest of his life.

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
30 Oct 2013 8:42AM
A fine explanation of Basant Utsav, Debu, a festival which many of us can only appreciate through your excellent images. Carol

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30 Oct 2013 8:55AM
How beautiful! They are so graceful and happy. It's a wonderful picture that tells a tale.
alansnap 14 577 26 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2013 9:02AM
Lovely Debu, much less chaotic than elsewhere.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2013 9:07AM
they look totally dedicated
Richsr 11 91 223 England
30 Oct 2013 9:07AM
A good image info to go with Debu
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
30 Oct 2013 9:08AM
Excellent coverage of the festival Debu. Very well presented!!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2013 11:23AM
Devoted and dedicated followers - a wonderful display of joy through dance.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
30 Oct 2013 12:26PM
Like the action of the dance they are doing. Very well captured Debu.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
30 Oct 2013 12:36PM
Another interesting and informative shot Debu !!
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
30 Oct 2013 12:47PM
Good narrative and capture Debu.


30 Oct 2013 2:32PM
A brilliant shot and interesting info as well.
9 10 10 England
30 Oct 2013 3:10PM
They look so in step with the mood of the occasion.
30 Oct 2013 4:45PM
Valo tabe U have taken it on standing position, which is not app. Heads appears big, also the perspective. Inclusion of poster Labanya is great ,if only understood by all.
well taken.

Source 7
30 Oct 2013 9:33PM
An amazing and colourful scene.A super capture
Dinky65 5 1 United States
31 Oct 2013 12:28AM
Cool shot.
A Booth 16 11 4 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2013 7:04AM
nicely captured activity image in a well composed and presented photograph. nicely framed.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2013 5:36AM
BEAUTIFUL! I love the street dances and the music and colours! I have attended two of the amazing festivals in South India... You have captured the dance movements so very well! Grin

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