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Culture of Howrah

The city of Howrah is inhabited by a majority of Hindus; hence the Hindu culture is predominant in this district. A variety of languages including- Hindi, Bengali, English and Urdu are uttered by the locals of Howrah. Howrah serves as the main center for art and culture. The people of Howrah have always appreciated the art and literature.

Culture of Howrah

Heritage of Howrah

The main heritage spot of Howrah is the Anand Niketan Kirtishala Museum. This museum was established by the officers of Anand Niketan with the purpose of throwing a light on the cultural and historical heritage of Bengal. The main intention of this museum is to enrich the rural people of this region. Anand Niketan Kirtishala also acts as a platform to educate the rural people who are unable to access enough educational resources. The various displays in this museum from different historical periods are evidence to the affluent past of Bengal.

Celebrations of Howrah   

Howrah is an amazing blend of ample of festivals, celebrations and fairs throughout the year.
  • Durga Puja is the most joyous, attractive and the main festival celebrated in Howrah. Apart from this the other significant festivals that are celebrated in Howrah are- Saraswati Puja, Diwali, Kali Puja, Id, Holi(or Dol) and Naba Barsha(or Bengali New Year).
  • Book fair is an annual feature of the Howrah city. This fair takes place in winters. The Howrah Book Fair of “Howrah Boi Mela” is held at the Sarat Sadan complex. Excellent crowds, book stalls stocked with books from renowned authors, seminars and exhibitions have always been a part of this famous book fair in Howrah. This year’s Howrah Book Fair highlight was an exhibition which focused on “Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay”, the life of the author and his works. Apart from these cultural programs are also held in this book fair every year which include- dance, music, “srutinatak” and recitation. Howrah Book Fair also boasts of “Kavi Sammelans” which highlight Urdu and Hindi poetry.  

Howrah - The city of “Music Lovers”

Howrah brags of promising singers in almost every house. Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Geeti(the songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam) and Rabindra Nritya Natya(songs of Rabindra Nath Tagore and the dance sequences along with it) are a vital part of the Bengalis residing in Howrah. Howrah is also a renowned place for classical dances and music. After independence the modern or “Adhunik” songs are becoming more popular nowadays.

Famous Personalities of Howrah

Howrah also has an inclination towards dramas and theaters. Some renowned actors and directors of Bengal who have been the residents of Howrah are:
  • Kanan Devi (Actress)
  • Tulsi Chakrabarti (Actor)
  • Rudranil Ghosh (Actor)
  • Sisir Bhaduri (Actor)
  • Purnendu Patri(Director)

The names of some eminent writers of Bengal who have dwelled in Howrah are:
  • Mani Shankar Mukherjee(writer)
  • Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (writer)
  • Narayan Debnath (famous comic writer)
  • Rabin Mondal( Artist)

Cuisines of Howrah

The Bengalis in Howrah are totally fanatic about the traditional Bengali food and it also reflects the culture of Bengal. Bengalis have a fetish for sweets and fish and these are the main highlights of a typical Bengali diet. Among Bengali sweets mishti doi, roshogolla, pathishapta, shondesh, ledikeni and payesh(or kheer) are worth mentioning. Pabda, Ilish and Rui are the most preferred fishes in Howrah and the other parts of Bengal and these fishes are mainly used to prepare a variety of scrumptious Bengali cuisines. Read More about Howrah Food, Here.

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