The first ever Siliguri carnival was flagged off today by Padmashree Milkha Singh. The opening ceremony started around 2.30pm in the afternoon.
The carnival rally started from North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) near Biswadeep cinema.
Around 30 bikers from the XKMPH group led the procession of the rally. The entire procession took to the streets and went all the way to Kanchenjunga stadium.
Numerous associations and NGO groups such as CINI (Child in Need Institute), Bhoruka Public Welfare trust, Northern Black Rose Society took part in the rally.
There were several association who were representing different cultural and ethnic groups and graced the event with songs and dances in their traditional attire. A folk bamboo dance was done by a group known as Jawa Akhri Adivasi Sanskriti which was really engaging. There was a group from Geyzing (Sikkim) who performed the Sikkim’s Singhi dance which is popularly known as the Snow dance.
The whole street looked colorful and lively with a festive atmosphere. The onlookers were surprised and amazed to see such variety of people in colorful costumes as they passed the streets of Siliguri.
The carnival rally reached the Kanchenjunga stadium where a concert and live performance by the famous Bengali band called Cactus took place.
It was great to see our city come alive to a wonderful display of talent and traditions by the several cultural groups which usually goes unnoticed by us.