The Possible Pioneer Of the Modern Day Home Stay Concept in West Bengal

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Originally Posted by Wander-lust View Post Reading the writeup about Gopinath Mahato brought tears to my eyes. So rare to find such a humble soul these days.

Thanks for the wonderful thread, made my day.
Many many thanks Wander-lust for your kind comments & your feelings for Gopinathda.
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I read this wonderful thread a bit late, only on today. I can't resist to share my personal experience of Gopinath Mahato during my several visits at Kankrajhor in 1980 -1995. Some of the visits we stayed with him, but in my initial two visits I stayed at the adjacent the govt. lodge and in the first of those two occasions the chowkidar of the rest house told us of "Gopida" and his village dance troupe. On our insistence the chowkidar, I forgot his name but he was equally a very good soul, arranged for Chow dance performance of Gopida's troupe. I distinctly remember those evenings still after almost 30years . The court yard in front of the bungalow was lit up with 2/3 petromax lights and Gopida with 7/8 local male and female dancers wearing beautiful masks (big size) tirelessly performed at a stretch for 2.5/3 hrs. The rhythm was extremely infectious and compelled us to join them swaying our untrained (mohua filled) body in unsteady steps. The charge for this commission was abysmally low.Those were the golden days!
One more vital information I would like to share. Today very few people know that Gopida also acted in a Bengali film " Charmurti" - though which was targeted for the kid viewers but eventually became a big hit in the box office. We heard the thrilling stories of the shooting of the film from Gopida himself, in an evening mohua session.
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WOW!!! Thanks for such an unique and wonderful post!!!
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Originally Posted by subhankar paul View Post One more vital information I would like to share. Today very few people know that Gopida also acted in a Bengali film " Charmurti" - though which was targeted for the kid viewers but eventually became a big hit in the box office. We heard the thrilling stories of the shooting of the film from Gopida himself, in an evening mohua session.
That's really an interesting Information .. Gopida never told us that he'd acted in the Film "Charmurti " (The Gang of Four" ) . I've watched the "Tenida- movie" for a couple of times & enjoyed the roles played by Master Actor Chinmoy Roy & unforgettable Santosh Dutta. Must see the movie again to find out the character portrayed by Gopinath Mahato.

And those Mohua Evenings, after day's walk .. Can anyone forget that ? The sweetest MOHUA I'd ever tasted was from Kankrajhore. Thanks subhankar paul, for sharing your feelings for the place..
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Dear OP and other contributors have turned this thread into a very moving and humane experience. It transports me, as it has many others, to the days of petrol ambassador cars, catching the Ranchi Hatia from Howrah, boarding the general compartments , getting down at Ghatsila with friends at middle of night and ensuing adventures from there on.

few lines from a favorite poem, as my ode to old men, lost tranquility and distant memories

The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. …. . ME!!
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Excellent thread, and experiences. So many unknown people changing our lives with their sweet memories. These experiences maintains our faith in humanity in spite of the terrors and wars. Thanks to the contributors for enriching our lives.

Somnathda, your poem is the perfect ode to the the tale. May we know who is the poet?
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Originally Posted by jito View Post WOW!!! Thanks for such an unique and wonderful post!!!
Thanks for your kind words, Jito ..

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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post few lines from a favorite poem, as my ode to old men, lost tranquility and distant memories

Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. …. . ME!!
Nice quote for the old man, Somnathda ! Thanks ..

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Thanks Trisha , For your comments .
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Thanks Arupratan and DJ. We are really enriched by reading such threads. There are lot to learn everyday.
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Originally Posted by Nature-all View Post Thanks Arupratan and DJ. We are really enriched by reading such threads. There are lot to learn everyday.
Thanks Nature-all..
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What he [Gopinath Mahato] thought and did long ago, Govt. is planning now.

http://www.business-standard.com/art...1801283_1.html


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This was the first time home tourism was bring introduced in south Bengal region.
Do they know about him? Know about his single efforts and his passion and love for his profession and creations !!!!!

I think this is the time to draw attention of Forest Department to let them know about him.
aamar payer tolai sorshe...(I have wheels under my feet)
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So glad to come across this thread......incredible and how life should be. Thanks a ton arupratan ghosh and duronto jajabor for your contributions.
Loved the poem by Somnath, as well!!
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Wow... found this thread so late.

Its wonderful !!!

The photos are great... guess scanned from hard copies... still of very good quality and making the place attractive for nature lovers...

Hats off to Mr Mahato ... He is one of the pure Gems, born and developed in rural bengal... such a cultural maestro ... but lead his life still the same way he started? Why such people do not get proper treatment from Govt? He could have developed his profession, may have contributed in growth of his village?

Is this area still not explorable (due to terrorism) ?
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Thanks for your comments , aheli & yes, unfortunately still travelling in this area is a risky venture ..
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i heard the newly opened cottages of the forest department in this area did brisk business during pujas.
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Wow ! That's a great news , abhinanda .. It would be of great help if you share some more info on the latest situation / forest cottage booking .. The only FRH at Kanrajhore was destroyed almost 10 Yrs ago .. & after that there was no Govt FRH / Lodge to stay .. Really exited to hear about the new one.. Thanks for sharing the info again .
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