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Paintings versus songs at Bengal elections


Amrita Panja,CNN-IBN
Apr 21, 2011 at 10:15am IST

Kolkata: Elections have never been this arty in Bengal - from wall graffiti and paintings to performance and visual art - all platforms are being used to add colour.

Paintings by Trinamool Supremo Mamata Banerjee herself have created a buzz. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) was also the first to come up with a campaign song.

The CPIM has gone a step further and released an entire album - predictably called 'Lal Nishaan'.

Lyricist of the album Sharan Dutta said, "The youth needs to be spoken in a language that they understand."

The visual medium too is being used. Documentary filmmaker Anindita Sharbadhikari - who supports the ruling Left - intends to take their message to the remotest corners of Bengal.

Documentary Filmmaker Anindita Sharbadhikari said, "We are planning to get a mobile van, just put up a white screen, some young people, music and get the crowd. This way on a single day we can show it at 7-8 different places."

Theatre has always been a tool of political dialogue in Bengal, and both the TMC and the CPM have done their best to utilize the stage to further their appeal.

While politicians are using the art forms to reach out to voters it will be something to see that whichever party comes to power whether they facilitate some form of improvement in bettering working conditions of artistes in the State.

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