Indian Tourism Help Desk – East

March 4, 2008

Regional Director
‘Embassy’, 4 Shakespeare Sarani
Kolkata-700 071, West Bengal
Tel : 033-2282 1402, 282 1475
Fax: 033-2282 3521
E-mail :
Airport Domestic Counter: 033-25118299
International Airport Counter: 033-25130495

Mr. G.C Bhuyan,
B/21, B.J.B Nagar,
Bhubaneswar-751 014, Orissa
Tel: 0674-2432203, 2435487 Fax: 2432203, Exnt. 23

VIP Road , 189, IInd Floor,
Junglighat, PO . Port Blair- 744103
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Tel : 03192-236348
Fax: 03192-233006



Poush Mela In Shantiniketan

December 24, 2007

Poush MelaPoush mela is a big festival in Shantiniketan in West Bengal. It happens in end of December. This festival is full of folk songs, baul songs, theatres and group dance. During this time the air in Shantiniketan is filled with colors, soft musics. People from all over India and outside India come here to rediscover India

On the first day the festival begins with community prayer or Brahmopasana written by Maharshi and Rabindranath. This followed by Tagore songs. Next comes the famous folk songs of West Bengal along with boul songs.

On the second day the university arrange a award ceremony for students who have completed graduation. At the fair, the centre stage never quietens – more bauls and kirtan singers perform ; jatras and folk theatres are held.


On the second evening, there is a celebration of fireworks, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone

By the third day the number of tourist reach to near about ten thousand ; at night some areas are flooded with neon lights, while at other corners, you cannot even discern your own big toe. Irrespective of their urban or rural roots, children happily pick up brightly coloured wooden toys while their mothers select palm-leaf trinkets

Usually, the three days include Christmas Day and everyone joins in the Krishtotsav, observed by the ashramites. Besides, there are cultural events and memorial lecture.

Although real estate is booming, still the place is comfortably swathed in green and with not much auto mobile traffic (walking or cycling is the common mode of commuting), Shantiniketan offers a welcome weekend getaway, any time throughout the year and specially during its festive days.