In a jubilant celebration, members of the Ballygunge Branch of the Bharat Vikas Parishad marked the organization’s 60th anniversary and Hindi Diwas on September 16, 2023, at the exquisite Indumati Sabhagriha in Jadavpur.
The event witnessed the presence of approximately ninety enthusiastic attendees, including 40 students from Bijoynagar Boys School, accompanied by two dedicated teachers, and 30 children from the underprivileged boys and girls organization known as Udvas, joined by their mentors.
The festivities commenced with a spirited rendition of Vande Mataram by all the members of the BVP Ballygunge chapter, setting the tone for the evening. Following this, Miss Antareepa Panda, a fifth-grade student from The Heritage School, recited verses from ‘The Bhagavad Gita,’ infusing the atmosphere with a sense of holistic spirituality.
Mrs. Mahulima Bhattacharya, the President of the Ballygunge branch, extended a warm welcome to all the esteemed guests, setting the stage for an evening of celebration and enlightenment.
Sri Jagdish Mundhra ji, the Vice President of the West Bengal state chapter of BVP, took the stage to shed light on the significant activities undertaken by the organization and emphasized the importance of Hindi Diwas. He encouraged the students to join in singing the patriotic anthem, ‘Desh hume deta hai sab kuch, hum bhi to kuch dena sikhe.’
Next, Dr. Reeta Bhattacharya, a National Project Member focusing on Mahila and Bal Vikas, expounded on the five sutras of BVP (Sampark, Sahajog, Sanskar, Seva, and Samarpan), elaborating on the organization’s activities and offering insightful perspectives on the significance of Hindi Diwas.
The highlight of the evening was a captivating speech by Prof. Dr. Sujoy Biswas, the Director and CEO of Techno India University and Techno India Group. Dr. Biswas left the audience spellbound with his motivational address, which was followed by a recitation of the poem –
“Kausis karne walo ki haar nahi hoti” penned by Harivansh Rai Bachchan.
As a symbol of reverence, Dr. Sujoy Biswas, Mr. Jagdish Mundhra ji, and the members of BVP garlanded images of Bharat Mata and Swami Vivekananda, while Astami Sharmistha chanted stotras from the Upanishads. A soulful rendition of Saraswati Vandana enriched the event further.
The event also featured a moment of recognition as Smt. Nilima Chakraborty honored Dr. Biswas and Sri Mundhra Ji. Mrs. Saibalini Chanda, the Secretary of the Ballygunge Branch, extended accolades to Master Nilabja Pahari, a fourth-grade student from The Young Horizon School, who presented a compelling PowerPoint presentation and shared his experiences regarding the launch of ADITYA. It was revealed that Nilabja had received a special invitation from ISRO to witness the launch of ADITYA in person.
The children from Udvas added charm to the evening by reciting two heartwarming poems and delivering two melodious songs. The cultural extravaganza continued with Smt. Manjulika Guhathakurta’s enchanting performance of Rabindra Sangeet and Sri Raju Mukherjee’s soul-stirring melodies. Dr. Rakhi Roy and Smt. Rajyasree Bandyopadhyay also graced the audience with their melodious voices.
Smt. Tapati Mukherjee, Past President of the Branch, concluded the evening with a heartfelt vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to all the participants and attendees who made the event memorable. The program concluded with a patriotic rendition of the National Anthem, leaving everyone with a deep sense of pride and unity.