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Global Bengal meet in Kolkata, to focus on elderly parents in city

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The UK-based Bengal Heritage Foundation (BHF) and London Sharad Utsav (LSU) are now preparing for a winter carnival in Kolkata, to wrap up the year with yet another of their successful initiative – “Probashir Pronam” meaning “Greetings from the non-residential Global Bengalis”.

Both organisations have jointly been taking initiatives to ensure preservation and promotion of Bengal heritage in the UK through various cultural, social, educational, sporting and tourism activities. This time, their initiative “Probashir Pronam” will touch upon a very sensitive topic – one that every non-residential Bengali living miles away from home worries about – parents and elders whom they leave behind each time they fly out of homeland. With rising numbers of Bengalis migrating abroad for work, many elderly citizens are left behind to cope with the challenges of ageing alone. Though tailor-made care packages can help, yet what these senior citizens ultimately desire is the warmth of human relationships.

“Probashir Pronam” is the cultural programme organised by Bengal Heritage Foundation along with London Sharad Utsav on the 28th December at Kala Kunj Auditorium in Kolkata and inspired by the “Pronam” initiative of Kolkata Police for senior citizens of Kolkata. Apart from Pronam, BHF is also working with Banchbo Elderly Care and Care Continuum for this event to ensure elderly members from these charitable organisations can attend the programme.

“This will be a fantastic opportunity for our 2nd and 3rd generations growing up in the UK to enjoy the winter ambience in Kolkata and also to appreciate the importance of elderly care, the experience of a celebration along with the elderlies, most of whom would be of the age of their grandparents” says Anirban Mukhopadhyay, president, London Sharad Utsav (LSU).

The afternoon event will be hosted by popular Radio Jockey, TV anchor and actor, Mir Afsar Ali. The main attraction would be a play produced by Bengal Heritage Foundation named “Prerona” based on some of the inspirational women in Rabindranath Tagore’s life and will see popular faces from Kolkata celluloid enacting various characters in the play. Directed by IT Executive and stage actor Koushik Chatterjee from London, the play is hugely inspired by three novels – “Kadombor Debir suicide note”, “Plata Nodir dhare”, “Ami Robi thakurer bou” by Ranjan Bandopadhyay.

There would be bouquets of songs presented by well-known singers from Kolkata and UK – Prabudhha Raha , Oindrilla Banerjee De, Tanusree Guha and Amit Guha. Apart from these, there will be other attractions notably a small presentation by Mir. The event will also be marked by the presence of some prominent figures from Kolkata.

“This is the least we can do for the elderly whom we have to leave behind due to choices we had to make in order to make a career. The solution to this is not always materialistic happiness but can also be through small gestures of care and compassion. ‘Probashir Pronam’ is also a message to all those who are settled abroad that the best that you can do for your parents and elderly members is showing that you care” says Sourav Niyogi, president of Bengal Heritage Foundation.


Source: Times of India

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