American Centre Kolkata Presents Fusion Fiesta 2013 World Festival Feat. Music, Dance, Food and Fashion

Rupak Saha, Taaltantra, Tanmoy Bose, Jeffry K Reneau
Rupak Saha, Taaltantra, Tanmoy Bose, Jeffry K Reneau

Kolkata, Feb 2, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): Fusion Music is one of the most commonly practiced music forms of recent times. This form of music has many connotations in different parts of the world. Kolkata is going to witness one such Fusion music festival this year. Kolkata Fusion Fiesta World Music Festival 2013 which is a three day musical extravaganza which was announced on the 1st of February at the American Centre, Kolkata. This Fusion music festival is the brain child of renowned table player Tanmoy Bose. Along with director of US Consulate General, Kolkata, Mr. Jeffry K. Reneau, Bappaditya Mukherjee, Ananya Bhattacharya, Rupak Saha and Samita Bhattacharya, Tanmoy Bose talked about the endeavor (Fusion Fiesta) which ha the objective to entertain people as well as to raise consciousness against the growing violence against women in society.

Ananya Bhattacharya and Tanmoy Bose
Ananya Bhattacharya and Tanmoy Bose

Kolkata Fusion Fiesta will feature not only music, but also fusion dance, fusion food, fusion fashion and even fusion theatre. Kolkata which is the cultural hub of the country will be witnessing this kind of fusion festival for the first time.

Jeffry K Reneau who is particularly fond of Fusion Music was very ecstatic to be a part of this unique festival. He termed the festival a “consciousness festival” where the youths will not only have their share of entertainment but will also be made aware of the violence happening in the society. The US Consulate has always been against such violence and the director is highly pleased to be a part of this initiative.

Sivamani and band, Trilok Gurtu, Mother Jane, Prem Joshua, Tanmoy Bose along with Taaltantra are some of the notable musicians who will be seen performing at this Fusion Fiesta. Apart from this Sanatan Dinda, a reputed painter, will be unveiling his collection of fusion jewelry which will be promoted by Shyamsundar Company Jewellers. This unique fusion fest will start on the 8th of February and continue till the 10th of this month at Nicco Park.

Bappaditya Mukherjee who is associated with Pantakatha stressed on the importance of the empowerment of the youth. He feels that the violence against women can be prevented only when the youths in the society will work towards it. Ananya Bhattacharya of Bangla Natok Dot Com laid emphasis on the fact that music can heal the various cultural issues. She feels that cultural issues are the reason behind such violence in society. The interaction of musicians from all over the world at this Fusion Fiesta will help a lot in inter-cultural mingling.

Fusion Fiesta, which has been hailed as a consciousness fest has three aims. The first one is to stop trafficking, the second is empowerment of women and the third is art for living.

Bappaditya Mukherjee, Ananya Bhattacharya, Jeffry K Reneau, Tanmoy Bose and Rupak Saha
Bappaditya Mukherjee, Ananya Bhattacharya, Jeffry K Reneau, Tanmoy Bose and Rupak Saha
Bappaditya Mukherjee, Ananya Bhattacharya, Jeffry K Reneau, Tanmoy Bose and Rupak Saha

Kolkata Sanved, an organization which associated with the psychological healing of children and women who were victims of trafficking is also a part of the project. With the help of dance movement therapy they have already proved that rehabilitation can be done for the victims of trafficking. Samita Bhattacharya, representative of Kolkata Sanved felt that it is with the help of creative medium, the society can be transformed to betterment.

Tanmoy Bose, Ananya Bhattacharya, Jeffry K Reneau

The members of the band ‘Taal-tantra’ was also present at the event. One of the members of the band, Max expressed his desire to bring about a change in society with the help of music. Apart from performing at the festival, he plans to go touring around the city which is known as the cultural capital of India.

Kolkata Fusion Fiesta 2013

Fusion Fiesta is surely going to be a unique festival which will be a great memory for the city of Joy. The objective of this festival as Tanmoy Bose said is to make Kolkata the capital of social causes in the country.

- Reporting by Priyanka Dutta (newsdesk.kolkata@washingtonbanglaradio.com)