A talent hunt on Tagore songs marking the 89th birth anniversary of legendary singer Kanika Bandopadhyay was held at Satyajit Ray auditorium, RTC, ICCR of Kolkata, India on January 12, according to a press release. Five contestants from Bangladesh and 10 from India (Assam, West Bengal and Tripura) took part in the final round of the competition titled “Rabindra Sangeet-er Notun Protibhar Shondhan-2013”, with the seven top-ranking contestants conferred “Mohor Kanika Shamman 2013” along with cash prizes. Soma Roy from Kolkata won the competition, Jannatul Ferdous got second place while Bhaswati Sengupta from Kolkata and Mouraz Chowdhury from Bangladesh were tied for third place.
Tagore singers and teachers, Nargis Chowdhury and Shila Momen from Bangladesh and Shangha Mitra and Anubha Ghosh of India were the judges for the final round. Deputy High Commissioner for the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Kolkata, India Abida Islam graced the occasion as chief guest, while Rajashree Behera, eastern regional director of ICCR presided over.
Two cultural organisations, Padatik-Bangladesh and Mitali- Indo Bangladesh Cultural Society, in collaboration with Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, Kolkata and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy have been arranging the competition for the last several years.