West Bengal tourism ad

by | Sep 22, 2017 | Bengal

The West Bengal tourism video captures the city of Kolkata & the whole West Bengal, through the lens of a foreign visitor, but what it showcases will move every heart that has longed for the ‘sweetest part of India’, Bengal.

It is perhaps a wedding that brings our foreign protagonist to Bengal, at least that is how this new video launched by West Bengal Tourism opens. A Bengali bride being wedded in the traditional Bengali way to a foreigner, clad in dhoti-kurta and topor (headgear), does invite the white man’s gaze–a colonial undertone that perhaps lingers throughout the video.

Nevertheless, look at it objectively and you would taste every aspect of the land that is so authentically ‘Bengali’ in its essence. From Howrah Bridge, through the lanes and by-lanes of old Kolkata to College Street; the ghats along river Ganga to the ‘baul’ community revelling in their soul-searching songs; the temples, pottery and tea gardens–each frame of the narrative sensitively touches every nostalgia that any Bengali would hoard in the deep recesses of the mind.

The ‘sweetness’ comprising Bengal translates itself beyond delicacies into the warm hospitality extended towards its guests. The background score that blends Rabindranath Tagore, folk and modern music is all about homecoming: ‘Ore praner manush, tui ghore aay‘. (O man of the heart, come home)

Source: India Today