World’s largest coastal mangrove forest ; UNESCO World Heritage site.
Sunderbans is the world’s largest coastal mangrove forest. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its bio diversity and unique landscape.
This unique landscape of the Sunderbans also inspires the folk traditions of this land. Bonbibir Pala is synonymous with this land. It is a mythological play that has a storyline revolving around the man-animal conflict in the jungles. It is about Bon Bibi, the local deity and her supremacy as the saviour goddess of the forest. The musical tradition of Bhatiyali songs is inspired by the mystic rivers and the lives of the river boatmen. The Jhumur song and dance tradition is also lifestyle music that resonates through time. It is a land of unique experiences, both nature and culture wise.
The artist communities of the region will celebrate their 3rd edition of the Sunderbans Folk Festival on Dec 27 - 29, 2019.
Canning is located at 1.5 hours distance by train from Sealdah. Canning to Gadkhali is 29 km, which takes about an hour. After crossing the river at Gadkhali, there comes Gosaba. From Gosaba to Pakhiralay it will take 45 minutes by auto rickshaw. Godkhali to Pakhiralay boat available. Kolkata to Pakhiralay is 4 hours journey. Parking available at Godkhali.
Sunderban Folk Festival will be held from December 27 - 29, 2019. This is an opportunity for visitors to witness the local folk artists presenting Bon Bibir Pala, Jhumur and Bhatiyali along with folk artists from other regions of Bengal.