Pratpaditya Utsav starts afresh
Gap of century fails to be any hindrance
Pratpaditya Utsav, under the aegis of Atmabikash Samiti – a nationalist youth organization meant to impart physical, mental and spiritual attributes through abiding by conformist Hindu disciplines – was held on May 6, 2012, in Kolkata, to idolize gallantry of Maharaja Pratapaditya in public, unearth the lost martial traditions of Bengali Hindus and make youths valorous to get active and serve the nation better. The meeting was attended by an assortment of dignitaries from different walks of life.
It is worthwhile to mention Pratpaditya Utsav that started in 1903 by Smt. Sarala Devi Chowdhurani, niece of Sri Rabindranath Tagore, to venerate valor of Maharaja (monarch) Pratapaditya in public made a profound impact on contemporary political scenario, especially the then rising revolutionary movement in Bengal. However, the celebration ended soon owing to several developments.
The convention was inaugurated by sacred Vedic chants of Sri Animitra Chakraborty followed by adoration of Sacred Swords by all. A succinct description of the life of Maharaja Pratapaditya, his love for the motherland and struggles for its sovereignty was narrated by Sri Kalyan Sarkar.
The description was followed by the substantial address on two different topics – Significance of Pratpaditya Utsav in modern times and Role of Pratpaditya Utsav in the revolutionary movement in Bengal – by Sri Upananda Brahmachari and Sri Sujoy Chatterjee respectively.
Sri Animitra Chakraborty was also witnessed to speak on different occasions; however, his thrust was the need to lionize Pratpaditya Utsav by Bengali Hindus more than ever before and the crisis that may befall to them in its absence.
In a word, Pratpaditya Utsav, after a gap of more than a century, has been revived to inculcate martial spirit among Bengali Hindus (these days) so that they can follow footsteps of their valiant ancestors and ameliorate the entire nation.
The convention ended thanking all to partake in it and announcing formation of Pratpaditya Utsav Committee with Sri Arabinda Patra as its president.