Sunderbans is the world’s largest coastal mangrove forest. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its bio diversity, unique landscape and the iconic Royal Bengal Tigers.
This unique landscape of the Sunderbans also inspires the folk traditions of this land. Bonbibir Pala is synonymous to this land. It is a mythological play 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, Bhatiyali songs, are inspired by the mystic rivers and the lives of boatmen. So is Jhumur song and dance tradition, the lifestyle music.
The artist communities of the region celebrate their 2nd edition of Sunderban Festival on Dec 28 - 30, 2018.
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 Festival will be held from December 28-30, 2018. 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.