December is the time for frenetic preparations for 'the event' at Star Theatre by Priya Entertainments, that takes place over the last week. It's Star Utsab (rechristened from Star Carnival that was held in 2007 and 2008).
The event, in its own small way, brightens up the lives of a section of people of north Kolkata, a part of the city that doesn’t witness events of this nature so common to its counterparts in the city at this time of the year. It is a winter festival with a difference. Inclusive in nature, it aims to touch upon various groups of people from the children to the senior citizens (who are generally kept out of purview of such festivities). Little wonder the event runs to packed house every year.
Here's a lowdown on this year's Star Utsab, where the organisers have "infused certain elements that go well with the cultural subtext of north Kolkata making it a celebration that people from this part of the city can own emotionally".
Fun with Santa
25 December, 11 am
A sit 'n' draw contest followed by cutting of Christmas cake by Santa Claus and his playing around with the small friends.
25 December, 6 pm
This is a fashion show for the kids- a templated element of the festival, extremely popular since its inception in 2007. It fetches tremendous response from the local people.
27 December, 7 pm
Bengali silver screen has been enriched with the grace, sensuality and powerhouse performances of many a name dating back to the '40s. They have left an indelible impression in the cinema lover’s memory through their arresting screen presence and especially through performances in countless songs that still fill up our mindspace. Nayika Sangbad is a trip down memory lane where Shampa Kundu will enthrall us through a musical entourage from the times of Kanan Debi till Rituparna Sengupta. She will be ably complemented by actress Suchita Raychaudhury who will share interesting anecdotes about the heroines making it an evening to remember. The evening will also witness a felicitation of Sabitri Chatterjee and Madhabi Mukherjee-the two legends of Bangla filmdom and part of this musical tribute. Conceptualized and directed by Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee, this concept show will raise a toast to some memorable faces of Bangla cinema in its first ever outing.
29 December, 6.30 pm
A fashion show reflecting the style quotient of the famous Thakurbari (The residence of Rabindranath Tagore's family at Jorasanko in north Kolkata). This family, besides its literary acumen, is also historically well known for leading the so-called fashion movement, especially in the arena of women’s fashion. The event will intricately showcase and articulately narrate the fashion history of the eminent household.
30 December, 7 pm
In true synergy with the cultural texture of the other elements, Chandrabindoo was chosen because of a wit and a certain progressive Bengaliness so unique of them, to bid adieu to the year and end the event one day away from the clutter of new year eve events all over the city. Incidentally it will be a solo show of the top-notch Bangla band after years.
For passes Star Theatre may be contacted at 033-25336868.