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Basanta Utsav (Holi)

(Last Updated 05 Aug, 2021)

  • Dates :

    16/03/2022 - 18/03/2022

  • Location :

    Bolpur, Santiniketan

Festivals add colors to life. And, if it is Holi, the fiesta of colors, one may well imagine how it smudges every soul with happiness. The famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore introduced Basanta Utsav in Bolpur or Spring festival in Santiniketan, Birbhum to recreate the magic of Holi.

The joyous festival is now an integral part of the Bengali culture. Celebrated in a different way, Holi or the Basanta Utsav at the Santiniketan make you feel romantic, pleasant and very special. Owing to its own dignity, the festival lures visitors from all over the world. Participation by the students makes it much more delightful. Be a part of the vibrant festival to believe it!

When to celebrate Basanta Utsav in West Bengal 2022?

The Basanta Utsav is celebrated at the time of Holi. This year, the celebrations will start from 16th of March 2021 and will run till 18th of March 2022. Do visit Bolpur Santiniketan to be a part of this energetic and enthusiastic merrymaking.

How to Celebrate Basanta Utsav 2022?

Come spring and the entire university gears up to be painted in different colors. Amongst the burst of various colors, yellow color takes the center stage. Students of the university clad themselves in yellow colored clothes. The sight of all these youngsters adorned in such bright colored dresses is indeed beautiful.

The cultural programme presented by the students is simply superb. Besides entertaining you, the spectacular performances render you in a state of awe. Providing the students with a great opportunity to reveal their talents, the function becomes really enjoyable. Beautiful songs appear euphonious to ears and mesmerizing dance performances are a visual retreat. Tapping to the tunes of great music in groups, students as well as the audience welcome spring season wholeheartedly.

In addition to this, students together with their teachers and visitors apply abeer on each other to cherish the true essence of Holi. The entire environ gets filled up with a certain joyousness.

What is the History of Basanta Utsav?

Rabindranath Tagore founded the Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan. The serene and tranquil town is nestled in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. Being no exception to the ethereal charm of Holi, he decided to add a new dimension to the festivities. Thus, he came up with an idea to celebrate the festival in this way. Also known as ‘Dol Jatra’ or the ‘Dol Utsav’, the fiesta enjoys the repute as the “Rabindrik Basanta Utsav”. Today “Basanta Utsav” at Santiniketan is not only a Visva-Bharati University’s programme or a local programme, rather a grand fiesta.

Whihc Places to stay Santiniketan

There are various places to stay in Santiniketan. Visitors can delight in a comfortable stay by choosing from budget-friendly hotels to homestays or resorts depending upon their budget.

What are the best Places to Visit in Around Santiniketan?

  • Amar Kutir - displays a number of locally made handicrafts
  • Tagore's Aashram - an ashram built by Tagore's father
  • Chattimtala - meditation spot of Tagore's Father
  • Deer Park - home to a  naturally bred large family of deer
  • Khoai Mela - weekly fair where artisans from nearby places set up stalls

How to reach Santiniketan?

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU) is the nearest airport to Santiniketan which lies at a distance of 139 km. If you are planning to visit by train, you can deboard at the Bolpur Station which is 2.8 km away. Santiniketan is easily accessible by roads from cities like Guwahati, Kolkata and Durgapur.

Basanta Utsava FAQs

Q: Which celebration was introduced by rabindranath tagore in shantiniketan to recreate the magic of holi? (to be held in march this year)

Ans. Basanta Utsav

Q: What is the date of Santiniketan Basanta Utsav 2022?

Ans. Sat, 16 Wed, 2022 – Fri, 18 Mar, 2022

Q: Will Santiniketan Basanta Utsav take place this year?

Ans. Santiniketan Basanta Utsav 2022 may take place this year by taking safety precautions. However nothing is confirmed till now by the administration.

Q: What is the location of Santiniketan Basanta Utsav 2022?

Ans. Santiniketan Basanta Utsav will take place either in the Viswa-Bharati University, or the Poush Mela Maidan.

Q: Can anyone visit the Santiniketan Basanta Utsav 2022?

Ans. Yes. 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.

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