Bengal’s COVID surge: fairs and celebrations go virtual

Many of the festivals and fairs of Bengal’s that were formerly important tourist attractions have been delayed or are being held virtually as West Bengal deals with the third wave of COVID-19.

The State administration announced the most recent set of relaxations on January 17, allowing limited Jatra performances but prohibiting fairs and fairs, which are popular in the winter.Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the International Kolkata Book Fair has been postponed by a month and will now begin on February 28.

Bengal's COVID surge: fairs and celebrations go virtual
Bengal’s COVID surge: fairs and celebrations go virtual

The Kolkata Steel Literary Meet, which was scheduled to take place at Victoria Memorial, has been cancelled as well.

Bengal’s Literacy Meet

The literary meet can only be place in March, according to Jayanta Chowdhury, curator of Victoria Memorial Hall, because monuments and gardens are closed.

The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival’s organisers have also chosen to become virtual.”The area filled by literature and books, either on the ground or in the virtual realm, will grow,” Priti Paul, director of Apeejay Surrendra Group and Oxford Bookstores, stated.

Bengal's COVID surge: fairs and celebrations go virtual
Bengal’s COVID surge: fairs and celebrations go virtual

In this spirit, we present the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival’s 13th — and first virtual edition — which will commemorate and herald in the centennial year of a much Heritage Oxford Bookstore.

“The district’s local artisan melas have also been cancelled or postponed. Various fairs and festivals have been postponed till March, according to Ananya Bhattacharya, director of Banglanatakdot.com, a social company aiming for sustainable development via cultural restoration.

“For the second year in a row, artists have been unable to arrange festivals in various regions of Bengal,” she explained.Over the last 24 hours, the state has reported 37 COVID-19 fatalities and 10,959 new cases. There are presently 1,44,809 active cases.

Bengal’s COVID surge: fairs and celebrations go virtual

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