Festival of Good
Bhalor Utsav

A call to join the Festival of Good

Bengal
Bengal
Hindi
Hindi

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We rise by lifting others
We rise by lifting others
Leadership is not the journey to rise in the ranks, leadership is the journey to help others rise
Leadership is not the journey to rise in the ranks, leadership is the journey to help others rise
You cannot change the world, but you can change someone's world
You cannot change the world, but you can change someone's world
Seek respect, not attention It lasts longer
Seek respect, not attention It lasts longer
We blame society, but we are society
We blame society, but we are society
Offer your hand, not your judgement
Offer your hand, not your judgement
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others
Bhalor Utsav
Bhalor Utsav

Suthol Pathikrit Samman Theme Song 2017

Suthol Pathiktrit Introductory Film 2017

The Suthol Pathikrits 2017

'Gaurav Ma' Snehlata Hooda

'Gaurav' Ma Snehlata Hooda

In 2006 she retired from her services in Delhi administration and thought "after getting relieved of family responsibility, it is time to do my bit for society".

She told her family that she would like to spend all her pension on the education of poor kids and set up a school for them. But it took much more than her pension to pursue her dream.

To start with, she walked the streets and convinced the housemaids, istriwallahs and drivers in the neighbourhoods to send their children to her school by the wayside. Out of 80 children thus gathered, 50 left within few weeks. It took all her willpower, dedication and persistence to reach the point where Gaurav Niketan now has 5OO students on its rolls, all belonging to the under-privileged section of the society.

She Is Snehlata Hooda, fondly called "Gaurav Ma' by the students and locals of Gurgaon, near Delhi.

She teaches the children Hindi, counting and basic English in two batches. Realizing that formal education is not enough for the children since most of them need to start earning early, she has arranged for vocational training for them too.

Snehlata Hooda is now past 70 years of age. Still invincible in spirit and raring to go. She took part in the Delhi half marathon at 68. This April she had gone to New Zealand to represent India in javelin throw at the World Masters Game. And she wants to continue teaching her children till her last breath. "These kids are my own now and I dont want to give up on them. I want these kids not only to help themselves but also their next generation. After all only education can bring change", says Gaurav Ma.

For snowing us that life starts at 58, for her tenacity and stamina to continue against odds, for being a beacon of hope to the children who without her would be without hope- Snehlata Hooda is SutholPathikrit.

Kalika Prasad Bhattacharjee

Kalika Prasad Bhattacharjee

In the year 1999, a group of young students ofJadavpur University's comparative literature department got together to stage a musical evening of folk songs. The group leader was a student belonging to a musical family of Silchar. It was to be a tribute to the memory of his "Chotokaka" who had been a singer with his own folk music group and a passionate collector of folk songs. They hand painted their T-shirts, another helped print the invitations. Then the friends went to their favourite teacher and asked him to name the group. He called it "Dohar".

For Kalika Prasad Bhattacharjee, student from Silchar, Rajib Das and the rest of the Dohar group that was the beginning of their journey to put folk music firmty on the modern music map.

But Kail ka Praud was much more than a singer, a music director, a presenter par excellence and leader of the highly acclaimed Dohar group. He believed that folk music was actually created by the folk artists residing in the villages. He would he delving deep into this never-ending wealth, staying with the folk artists in the villages days on end and helping them in their hours of need as family. Kalika used to say that to preserve folk music we must first sustain the folk artists.

To provide a platform to the unknown folk performers he started Sahaj Parav- a three day long annual event, where folk musicians and performers would get a chance to showcase their talents alongside established performers.

Kalika Prasad was a man with conscience and commitment, a passion for music and great love far the musicians of rural India who got left out in the mad race for success.

A freak road accident took away this ever-smiling man from our midst, this March. He will forever remain in our hearts and minds.

For showing us how a genuinely passionate person walks past the trappings of fame, thinks about and helps his fellow musicians less fortunate and in need - Kalika Prasad Bhattacharjee is Suthol Pathikrit.

Kamal Chakraborty

Kamal Chakraborty

Kuchhia, Dangorjori-two unknown names. Most of us would probably not give them a second glance. Just for records, they are tiny villages in the very interiors of Purulia district. A hot, arid region with hungry, desolate people categorised as "most backward".

The villages in question were the same, until a group of dreamers led by Kamal Chakraborty formed the society 'Bhalopahar' wlth the ideal, "I, alone, cannot take the responsibility of the whole of India. I therefore will fight for one or two villages. These villages will be 'My India'".

The villages now, have a Bhalopahar school with the motto of connecting the children with their own culture in addition to formal learning. The aim is to have these children grow up truly educated, responsible, willing to give back to the society rather than living only for themselves.

In an area classified as arid-3, aggravated by unrestricted brick kilns and cutting of trees, Bhalopahar has been pursuing planting and maintenance of trees in a systematic and determined manner. Today tracts of green greet locals and visitors alike, in place of parched red earth. Bhalopariar operates a health care centre with medical camps. Alternative livelihood projects are organized to provide work. A steadily growing stream of volunteers have joined in the efforts.

For his courage to transform his own absurd dreams into action, for his persisting efforts to enrich the lives of those few care about. Kamal Chakraborty of Bhalopahar is Suthol Pathikrit.

Suthol Pathikrit Samman Event

Date
17th June, 2017, Saturday
Venue
Nazrul Mancha, Southern Avenue, Kolkata 700029
Time
5.30pm
Guest in chief
Swami Biswatmananda ( Dilip Maharaj), General Secretary- Bharat Sevashram Sangha
Special Guest
Dr. Prasanta Banerji, World renowned homeopath
Musical Program
Performance by ‘Joler Gaan’ music band from Bangladesh.

Members of the Jury- Suthol Pathikrit Samman

Mr. Anindya Chatterjee
Singer, Lyricist, Composer, Director and Actor
Lead vocalist and one of the founders of the Bengali band Chandrabindoo
Mrs. Malaya Goswami
National Best Actress Award winner 1992 for her role as ‘Ritu’ in Assamese film ‘Firingoti’
Jury member in National Film Festivals 1994, 2000 & 2013
Founder Secretary of ‘Arpita’, a socio-cultural organisation to help women and children in distress
Head of the Department of Education, Jagi Road College, Guwahati
Ms. Alokananda Roy
Famous danseuse, whose involvement and contribution to dance has been parallel to her work amidst the social marginalized.
Debashis Dutta

Managing Director, G. D. Pharmaceuticals, The Boroline People

Press Reviews

Bartaman (Chotusparnee)
Bartaman (Chotusparnee)
Bartaman
Bartaman
Dainik Jugasankha, Kolkata edition
Dainik Jugasankha, Kolkata edition
Dainik Jugasankha, Silchar edition
Dainik Jugasankha, Silchar edition
Dainik_sambad, Agartala
Dainik_sambad, Agartala
Ei Samay
Ei Samay
Ekdin
Ekdin
Ganashakti (Saat Sokal )
Ganashakti (Saat Sokal )
Sangbad Pratidin
Sangbad Pratidin
Sanmarg
Sanmarg
The Times of India (Calcutta Times)
The Times of India (Calcutta Times)
Aajkaal
Aajkaal
Saptahik Bartaman
Saptahik Bartaman
Hindustan TImes, E-Paper,  4th July 2017, Pg 25
Hindustan TImes, E-Paper, 4th July 2017, Pg 25
Saptahik Bartaman2
Saptahik Bartaman2
Hindustan Times, E-Paper World, 4th July, 2017, Pg 37
Hindustan Times, E-Paper World, 4th July, 2017, Pg 37

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