The main highlight of the cultural program will be a solo song recital
by Swagata Lakshmi.
Swagata Lakshmi is one of the top tier artists in the current Bengali music circle in Kolkata. She will be presenting a variety of Bengali songs including Adhunik, Rabindrasangeet, Atulprasadi etc. Swagatalaksmi received her M.A.(Music) from Rabindra Bharati University and took her lesson in classical music from her father Shri Pabitra Dasgupta and Rabindrasangeet from Smt. Maya Sen. She has presently 17 solo albums as cassettes, 14 other cassettes and 4 CDs released by HMV. She is an A grade artist of AIR and TV. She is now a permanent artist for HMV.
She has a number of awards to her credit - Promotesh Barua award for best female performance in 1995, Ujala Anandlok award in 1998 and 1999 for best female playback, Dishari (Film Journalist award) for best female playback in 1998-99, Uttamkumar award for best Rabindrasangeet cassette( Esecho Prem) in 1997, SailajaRanjan award in 1998 and ChaCha award for outstanding achievement in music for the decade 1990-1999.
She had stood first in All India singing talent Contest in 1985, Rabindra sangeet and Bhajan in AIR music competition (Akashbani ) in 1986, Rabindrasangeet and AtulPrasadi both in West Bengal Rajya music competition in 1986. She was invited by the Tagoreans, London to perform in London and Belgium in 1989 -90. She is the music director, lyricist and singer in the film Ding-Dong directed by Chinmoy Roy. She is being honored with the millenium kalakar award for her outstanding contribution in Indian music.