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Suchana Utsav 15′

150215 Suchana Utsav1As october is the month of Durga, as december is the time for Poush Mela, february definitely calls for Suchana’s annual function.

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150215 Suchana UtsavMuch earlier, in 2011, I told you about this wonderful initiative. Well, we are happy to let you know the seeds have grown as well as Suchana’s building.

https://santitown.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/139/

150215 Suchana Utsav RahulUnder Rahul’s wise supervision, many projects were born. Among others were created a computer learning program going to remote villages of the area, an on-wheels library and launched many children books in adivasi languages – such as sandal and kora transcribed in bengali script. Amar Bhashai Amar Boi or “my books in my language”.

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150215 Suchana Utsav Art work1Is there a best way to celebrate the hard work than a full afternoon of songs, dances, drama and many other surprises? Suchana certainly excels at it. Even if that same day India was facing Pakistan over a cricket match, the crowd came to attend the annual event. At least the women and children did!

 

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150215 Suchana Utsav Chorus1As you don’t change a winning team, the program remains basically the same and starts with all kids gathered to sing together in 4 languages: English, Bengali, Santali and Kora. The ones we knew few years ago are now standing on the back overlooking at their little brothers and sisters, proudly standing on the front row.

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150215 Suchana Utsav Kora Dance1Red and yellow saris twirling around: those are the adivasi dancers performing a kora dance about bathing in the Ganga. “Silum guti gamcha” says the song.

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150215 Suchana Utsav Hindi Dance2The girls are certainly beautiful, wearing there best gowns and flowers in their hair, but somehow the boys always end up catching all the wide-opened eyes: it’s time for the hindi dance! My camera is irrevocably turned towards him, this “Indian Idol”, however it will never make him justice. Energy, precise movements and a lot of sweat. In front of our pounding hearts, Suchana’s danceflour is literally on fire!

150215 Suchana Utsav Audience11We are looking forward for next year’s function and I hope you are too.

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To know more about Suchana and how you could help:

http://suchana-community.org

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