Kavigan, Tarja…a journey from past to present

Posted by Kaahon Desk On February 14, 2016

According to Rabindranath Sarkar, Kavigan is the prized heritage of the undivided Bengal. It originated and branched out along the banks of the river Padma. Tarak Sarkar, one of the earliest luminaries of the form and his subsequent followers popularized Kavigan among all strata of society. Sarkar also talks about other significant figures in the history of Kavigan, whose knowledge, craftsmanship and musical skills enriched the form. Kavigan’s counterpart in West Bengal was something called Tarja. The most important difference between the two is that Tarja is primarily about outwitting the opponent by weird facts and riddles while Kavigan has its foundation in knowledge, which is relevant for society. Together with Uttam Sarkar, he gives a mock demonstration of a Kavigan debate about modern Television in Bengal and its effects.

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