West Bengal is renowned for its rich culture and entertainment. It has a long tradition in folk literature which was later modernized by authors like Rabindranath Tagore. The plays and poems written at around his time still serve as the benchmark for any literary work. Theatre, referred to as ‘Jatra’ in Bengali, is a very popular source of entertainment for the people of Bengal and offers an interesting view for tourists into day to day life in Bengal.
The music and dance culture in West Bengal is equally rich. The Baul tradition is a unique heritage of Bengali folk music. The Classical music, Rabindrasangeet and Nazrulgeeti are the popular kinds of songs that dominate the music scene in West Bengal. New age Bangla Bands have turned into quite a sensation for the Bengali youth. A variety of dance forms including Rabindrik dance, Chau dance of Purulia (a rare form of mask dance) and other folk dances are an attraction for the tourists.
Bengali film industry, also known as Tollywood, has been in the forefront since the times of Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha and Ritwick Ghatak. The industry is known for both art films as well as commercial films. Contemporary directors include Buddhadev Dasgupta, Goutam Ghose, Aparna Sen and Rituparno Ghosh. Many of these have brought acclaim to Bengali cinema on national and transnational arena, Europe in particular. Most of the bigger towns and cities boast of movie halls ranging from the single screen theatre to swanky multiplexes.
The major urban centres like Kolkata and Durgapur have turned into huge destinations for commercial development in the forms of supermarkets and malls. These can stock anything from local handicrafts to top of line products from international brands, and are quite the rage with the new age Bengali shoppers. To know more, click here.
Kolkata has a number of amazing theme parks and water parks providing fun entertainment for visitors of all ages. To know more, click here.
Science & Technology
Attractions like Science City, Birla Planetorium, etc provide hands-on and interactive exhibits on various topics of science encouraging visitors to experience with props and enjoy the underlying scientific principles. To know more, click here.
For the party goer, Kolkata is a major rage with numerous night clubs and discotheques as well as private clubs to which you may enter as members’ guests. To know more, click here.