While the biggest festival of Bengal is Durga Puja, the second most important is the celebration of Rabindra Jayanti. Tagore is a household name in this part of the world. For years, since the poet first published in work publicly, he was loved eternally only to make a permanent place in the heart of every Bengali.
For the first time, the Salt Lake Sector V Community came together to commemorate Rabindra Jayanti at Infinity Benchmark in association with Infinity. The cultural program was organized by Pankaj Mullick Music & Art Foundation (PMMAF) and supported by Salt Lake Sector V Stakeholders’ Association.
The event started with a welcome speech by Aninda Das, Corporate Communications Manager, Infinity. Aninda greeted the various dignitaries present along with the audience and thanked them for their presence. He further mentioned, “We have named the event as Inspirations with an objective to discuss the art, music, culture and more. Today on the auspicious occasion of the 157th birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, we launch this cultural platform which was earlier not there in Salt Lake Sector V. This is the first installment of Inspirations. We are going to have 11 more events in each month to come”.
The inauguration ceremony was held by launching a book donation campaign named “Your One Book Can Build a Future”. Mr. Debashis Sen, Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal, Chairman of HIDCO, NDITA, Mr. S. Radhakrishnan, President, Salt Lake Sector V Stakeholder’s Association, Mr. Jonathan Ward, Principal Commercial Officer, US Commercial Service, Mr Stephane Amalir & Mrs. Laura Amalir, Alliance française du Bengale, Mr. Amal Kumar Poddar & Mrs. Poddar, and Mr. Kaushik Bhattacharya, Location Head, IBM Kolkata held up posters of the campaign to mark it as an official launch.
This new social initiative urged the Sector V community to donate used or new textbooks for students in need. Already 150 books were collected from companies like Infinity, Rebecca, OnProcess, Mr. Amal Kumar Poddar, and Ms. Surmi Roy. These books will be further donated to education NGOs like Anant, Udayan Care, Parivaar, Lily Foundation and others.
Arghyajoy Mondal, Anant Scholar, a B.Tech (Electronics and Tele Communication) student of Jadavpur University, was invited to the inaugural ceremony to come ahead and accept the first book donated through the campaign.
During the felicitation ceremony Mr. Stephane Amalir & Mrs. Laura Amalir were recognized for the contribution in the field of art, music and culture, Mr. Amal Kumar Poddar and Mrs. Poddar for their contribution towards corporate social responsibility especially in the field of Education, IBM for their contribution in the field of art, music and culture, and Mr. Debasish Sen for the contribution of art, music and culture in Newtown area.
The tradition and fervor of celebrating the birth anniversary of the World Poet was kept alive through songs by Indira Bhattacharya, HR, Infinity, and recitation by Shyamali Ganguly, Dignity Foundation member and Subhomay Mukhopadhyay, Sales Professional.
Team Members from IBM Kolkata took the stage to depict the presence of Tagore in our daily life in a new way. They followed an original script in the form of a skit combined with dance, songs and recitation.
The closing section of the event was taken over by Rajib and Jhinuk, co-founders of PMMAF. While Rajib recited poems of Tagore in his deep baritone voice, Jhinuk filled the room with her soft phonation.
While the evening explored Tagore in every form of aesthetics from poetry to music, from dance to drama, it ended with a promise to meet again with newer surprised in the next month to celebrate World Music Day.
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