In the evening local time at Kinkara Simon Valley Church in Calgary, Canada, the ‘You Are My Poem’ concert was held. Musicians Umme Habiba Milli and Mizan Rahman performed music in the program organized by Opus Creative House.
Hemant of Bengal is like an immense wonder of seasonal variations. This monsoon is now in its glory at the edge of the Ghats of Bengal. Falling tree leaves, blue sky, rows of white clouds and Shiuli Shefali bathed in the morning dew are like a modest Anjali of flowers spread on the grass. As soon as I remember these memories while sitting in a far away country, I am reminded of the month of Agrahayan in Bengal.
When nature is maddened by the sudden rains in Hemant, the blossoming of Shapla shaluk, the Kashflowers, with the clouds and the sun hiding, the picture of Canada is completely different.
Even though it is covered with snow for almost eight months of the year, the hearts of expatriates are filled with the joy of expatriate life due to the folklore, traditions and ceremonies of Bengal’s nature.
The culture, history, tradition and essence of contemporary Bengal are highlighted in the music program through the songs of lost days. Along with traditional Bengali chats and exchanging greetings with each other.
Agrahayan month means the festival of harvesting Aman paddy in the farmer’s house. Various types of pitha are organized in village houses. Navanna festival is on. Although there is no Navanna festival in the diaspora, the nature and culture of modern Bengal is highlighted with Bengali songs of lost days.
Fazle Elahi Apu, the owner of Opus Creative House, said, “It is great to be able to organize an exceptional event for the first time. Some of the songs of those 70-80s period of childhood are still in our hearts. Even in exile, we could not forget our motherland. Through this event, we went back to Bangladesh for some time. If I get your love, I want to continue this kind of event abroad.