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Culture of Kalyani

The metropolis of Kolkata which is at a distance of only 50 km from Kalyani town is known as the cultural capital of India. As such, its rich artistic, literary and cultural heritage has influenced and been assimilated by this green township with great enthusiasm. They have thoroughly blended among the local population of Kalyani and become an integral part of their lifestyle. Some of the ways in which the culture of Kolkata has disseminated is reflected in the languages spoken, the local cuisine, handicrafts, festivals celebrated here and its art forms, most prominently through music, dance and drama.

People of Kalyani

Culture of Kalyani
People of Kalyani

As Kalyani is primarily an industrial township, its population is dominated by industrial workers and an affluent middle class with a residential base in the green surroundings of the township.  Many of them are returned NRIs and have settled in Kalyani to stay near the metropolis of Kolkata as well as enjoy the eco-friendly planned township with its multiple facilities. Rural people from adjoining areas in the Nadia district mainly comprise the industrial workers who have migrated in search of living.

Languages in Kalyani

The culture of any region is imparted through the language of that place. The official language of the state of West Bengal is Bengali. Kalyani is a township within the Nadia district in West Bengal and consequently has a high Bengali population speaking the language.  As such the primary mediums of instruction in Kalyani are Bengali and English. Hindi is also used as a language for purposes of communication and education.

Food in Kalyani

Kalyani Traditions
Food in Kalyani

Traditional Bengali cuisine forms an integral part of the culture of Kalyani even though the town has many fine multi-cuisine restaurants serving Indian, Tandoori, Continental, Chinese and other mouth watering dishes of your choice. There are ample eating joints around the Central Park area within Kalyani including coffee shops. Radha Govinda is a famous sweet shop situated in the place. The “Magic Ladle” is a wonderful restaurant in the Lake Park B-15 area with fantastic delicacies for the visitor.

Handicrafts in Kalyani

The local culture of Kalyani can also be witnessed in the range of handicrafts produced here.  Jute products are common and available at extremely affordable prices. Some of the other handicrafts which are famous in Kalyani include cane and bamboo crafts, mats, clay dolls, village pottery, scroll painting, conch shells, carpentry work and others which supplement the means of income of the rural folk in Kalyani and its surrounding regions.

Festivals in Kalyani

West Bengal is renowned for its many fairs and festivals and Kalyani situated within the state is no exception. The chief festival in Kalyani is the Durga Puja, the annual Hindu festival dedicated to the Goddess Durga and celebrated in a grand scale throughout West Bengal and other Indian states like Assam, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Tripura etc. The festival is not only an annual ritual and the largest festival of any year but also a significant socio-cultural event where people from different class and cultural backgrounds merge together in bonhomie.

Some of the other important annual events in Kalyani include the 400year old Satimar Mela (fair dedicated to Sati ma) held in Kalyani Ghoshpara and Lalan Mela in Kadamkhali village near Kalyani in the Nadia district.

Music and Dance in Kalyani

Kalyani is located within the culturally rich district of Nadia known for its music and dance folk forms. Some of the important folk arts include Fakir and Baul songs, puppet dance, and horse-dance which are performed with great gusto in Kalyani Township during different cultural events throughout the year.

Drama in Kalyani

Kalyani Culture
Folk Theatre in Kalyani

Bolan is a popular style of folk drama in Nadia and Kalyani hosts a number of drama shows of this category. In order to give an impetus to the local folk arts, theatre has also been introduced by the Kalyani Municipality as an alternative to modern forms of entertainment. The Kalyani Natyacharcha Kendra is an important achievement in this regard. The KNK not only organizes the multilingual National Theatre Festival in Kalyani around November-December every year but also engages in seminars and workshops to spread the cultural significance of theatre in and around Kalyani. Some of the acclaimed theatre productions of Kalyani Natyacharcha Kendra are “Nokshi Kanthar Maath” (or “The Field of the Embroidered Quilt), “Aswacharit (or The Horse-Saga), “Chilekothar Sepai” (or “The Partisan in the Attic”) and other plays.

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