When you come to Bari Kothi, it is very important to understand the community around you, as you get comfortable around the property you will feel the warmth, colour, diversity and wisdom.
Your experience will become even more enjoyable when you understand the life of the village around you, its rich landscapes, the areas lifestyle, the people who resides in the region and their distinct ways of life.
Murshidabad is a district of West Bengal which is situated on the left bank of the mighty Ganga River. The Bhagirathi River flows through this district. This region has a rich history. Ancient mosques, temples, churches, cemeteries, monuments are quite common in Murshidabad district. Areas of lands around these structures are considered to be sacred among the people of different religious beliefs who reside here. It is usually a taboo to destroy flora and fauna in these areas. Conservation of biodiversity due to religious beliefs helped flora and fauna to thrive within these tracts of vegetation, now popularly known as sacred groves. Often within the sacred groves local deities are found which are worshipped by the tribal communities even in recent times. Some other sacred groves become a religious place example Takib Shah Pirtala, which is about 200+years old. If you embrace the soul of this place you will understand how simple, pure it is.
Our people, who are also from the local community bring a lot of practices with them, in the property which we focus on their living and showcase their traditions and local customs.
To name a few :
- Use of lanterns made by the locals.
- Use of earthen pots.
- The practice of ladies wearing altas.
- The use of Alpana (Ritual Painting) is a unique form of esthetical expression of local values & emotions, folk stories, and lifestyle perpetuated by the female for a long time.
- Authentic Bengali cuisine.
- Introducing santhas tribal dance in our cultural programs.
- Reviving the local dance and music of the region such as Raibenshe, Baul and Fakiri.