Poush Songkranti Utshob - Bangabda 1419 to be telecast LIVE on Maasranga TV

Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan 10, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mac Haque - Convener of Songkranti Alliance Bangladesh and its core team members Arup Rahee, Ershadul Haque Tinku and Shaikh Shahed cordially invites to watch the Poush Sankranti Utshob - Bangabda 1419 to be telecast LIVE on Maasranga TV

Start Time: Saturday 12th January 2013 11:00 p.m
End Time: Sunday 13th January 2013 03:00 a.m.

Components:

Host: Mac Haque

Heritage Baul/Folk Music:
1. Hashem Chisti from Joypurhat
2. Zahura Begum from Harinakundu, Jhenaidah,
3. Kohinoor Akhter Golapi from Seuria, Kushtia,

Solo Performers:
1. Shaikh Shahed with his band Gach
2. Karishma Sanu Sovvota

Bands:
1. Maqsood O’ dHAKA
2. Leela
3. Chitkar
4. Koyal Chakma and friends from Rangamati/CHT

Discussant: Abdel Mannan/Arup Rahee/Shaikh Shahed

Songkranti Alliance is a socio-cultural movement established in 14th January 2012 as a platform for committed artists and musicians who believe in bringing about a change in the cultural arena. Songkranti Alliance is neither a political movement nor affiliated with any mainstream political ideologies. It views the people of Bangladesh as its allies, and identifies our rich and vibrant culture and inspirations as its motivating philosophy. It seeks to uphold the cause of the common citizens, their beliefs and aspirations and the dominant ‘heritage culture’ of the overwhelming majority of the population of Bangladesh as key indicators in its cultural strategy.

Poush Songkranti or Mokor Songkranti is a significant day in the culture of Bengalis and celebrated on the last day of the month. Poush Songkranti/Mokor Songkranti is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of Bangladesh and the rest of South and South East Asia. According to the lunar calendar, when the sun moves from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn or from Dakshin to Uttar, in the month of Poush in mid-January, it commemorates the beginning of the harvest season and cessation of the northeast monsoon. The movement of the earth from one zodiac sign into another is called Shongkranti and as the Sun moves into the Capricorn zodiac known as Mokor, thus this occasion is also called Mokor Songkranti in our cultural context.

Poush Songkranti/Mokor Songkranti apart from a harvest festival is also regarded as the beginning of an auspicious phase in our culture. It marks the end of an inauspicious phase which begins around mid-December. It is believed that any auspicious and sacred ritual can be sanctified from this day onward. Scientifically, this day marks the beginning of warmer and longer days compared to the nights. In other words, Shongkranti marks the termination of winter season and beginning of a new harvest or spring season.

All over rural Bangladesh, Poush Songkranti/Mokor Songkranti is observed with great fanfare. However, it is celebrated with distinct names and rituals in different parts of the country. Preparing and serving traditional pancakes (pitha) and flying kites are usually part of the festival. In the evening crackers are exploded and festival concludes with fanush or fire float lamps signifying blessings are lofted to the sky. Baul songs are an important component of the festival.