Happy new year Bengali styleBy Sally Bryant
May 02, 2012
It was party time in East Reading on Saturday when the Bengali Cultural Society welcomed in 1419.
That is the year according to the Bengali calendar and Poila Baisakh, or the new year, was brought in with singing and dancing.
A crowd of 200, including Reading West MP Alok Sharma, enjoyed sharing food and exchanging good wishes at Park United Reformed Church hall. They were entertained by Sanjoy Dey and Nadia, professional singers from London, who performed a lively programme ranging from Hindi classics to bhangra and Bollywood.
Children did their bit to ensure the party went with a swing when they sang and danced to traditional new year music. They gave short performances of ‘Sure o Chhande’.
The evening’s entertainment was organised by Sudeshna Banerjee.
Celebrating Poila Baisakh is one of the biggest annual events for the Bengali Cultural Society, which was set up in 1982 to practise and preserve the Bengali literary and artistic heritage.