Religious in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Durga Puja

Bengal's biggest carnival brings Kolkata to a fever pitch of colourfully chaotic mayhem, as the city’s biggest festival celebrates the maternal essence of the divine. For five days, people venerate ornate idols of t…
Music in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Dover Lane Music Conference

This ragingly popular festival of Indian classical music runs from dusk to dawn for three straight nights and features some of the biggest doyens in the national music circuit. Tickets are sold out weeks in advance,…
Cultural in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata Book Fair

Popular with the city's evergrowing population of bibliophiles, Kolkata's annual book fair has been running in one form or another since 1976, and is now Asia’s biggest literary gathering. It's currently hosted in W…
Film in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata International Film Festival

This week-long festival of Indian and international cinema is one of the biggest events in Kolkata's cultural calendar. Featuring a fine selection of commercial, art-house and documentary films in diverse languages,…
Hindu Festival in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kali Puja

Concurrent with Diwali (the pan-Indian festival of light), Bengal venerates the Goddess Kali – Shiva's fearsome blue-faced consort – with a series of pandal, night-long rituals and sacrifices. While not quite as big…
Christmas in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Boro Din

Kolkata's very own version of Christmas derives from the city's centuries-old colonial heritage, and is celebrated by residents from all walks of life. The central district around Park St is lit up and decorated in …
Islamic Festival in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Eid-ul-fitr

Following the holy Islamic month of Ramadan (dates vary from year to year), Kolkata gives in to the festive spirit of Eid-ul-fitr with lots of yummy eats, prayer, decorations and well wishing. The best of Mughlai cu…
Music in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata Jazzfest

Bands from across India and other countries specialising in diverse styles of jazz, blues and world music turn up to perform to a packed house at this three-day music extravaganza. Book your tickets online well in a…
Religious in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Rath Yatra

Equivalent to the major chariot festival held annually in Puri in Odisha, this jamboree centres around the hulking chariot of Jagannath (an incarnation of Hindu lord Krishna) being dragged by thousands of devotees a…
Religious in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Saraswati Puja

Marking the start of spring, this festival is a calendar event for young adults hoping for educational success. Participants dress in yellow and give prayers to Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom. Pandals housing clay…