August 2, 2012
Didi celebrates Rakhi Bandhan, ties Rakhi at Writers`
Didi tied Rakhi on the hands of school children who had come to greet her on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan at Writers` Building.
On the eve of the festival Didi conveyed her best wishes to all on her official facebook page:`On the eve of the day of `Rakhi Bandhan` celebration, I extend my heart-felt greetings to my brothers and sisters in West Bengal, India and all over the world and sincerely wish them for practicing and promoting harmonious bond amongst individual and communities. I send my affection, best wishes `Rakhi Subhechha` to all`.
Since morning people had gathered outside Didi`s residence at Harish Chatterjee Street in Kolkata to greet their Didi.
Incidentally, Didi had requested the members of her party and leaders to observe the auspicious day in a big way. She asked them to organize special programmes. `Please tie a rakhi on the hands of Muslims as such gestures can end the communal differences`, were the words of the Trinamool Congress Chairperson at the Martyrs` Day celebrations on July 21 this year. She wanted the day to be observed on the line of `Rakhi Bandhan` as Rabindranath Tagore had done during the freedom movement to bridge the gap between communal factions in the society.
A special programme was held at the Writers` Building on this occasion where Didi tied Rakhi on the hands of school children who had come to visit her and seek her blessings. Didi took out time from her busy schedule and spent a long time with the children. She had a long interaction with them and was seen asking about the their interests and hobbies, `So, what dance form are associated with � Kathak, Bharat Natyam, Odisi or Manipur` asked Didi to a young girl who told her that about her passion for dance.
Rabindrasangeet (Tagore songs) were played in the background.