Sansriti - Bengali Cultural Club
St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata, celebrating its
150th year of glorious existence, and a living proof of
withstanding the test of time had decided to pay homage to
Bengal, which has nurtured it and helped it attain its
present grandeur. The students decided to form a club, which
would help in sharing thoughts, feelings and ideas on the
present cultural crisis amidst the growing trends of moral
degeneration and the decrepit social fabric of Bengali
culture. The Principal, the Vice-Principal and the teachers
saw in it an opportunity to inculcate in the students, a
sense of responsibility towards their own society which
would culminate in the contemporary Bengali walking down the
path of a resurgent Bengal. This venture resulted in the
birth of “SANSRITI”, a Bengali Cultural Club..
PRESIDENT : Akashdeep Dey.
VICE-PRESIDENT : Prabudhya Bhattacharyya.
SECRETARY : Celestino A. Rozario.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY : Indranil Guha
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICERS : Suprovo Tagore and Rohit Shome.
TREASURERS : Pushon Ghosh and Sankha N. Guria.
CONVENOR : Ayanjit Davidson .
Report on Sansriti '10
Sansriti, the Bengali Cultural Club of St. Xavier's
Collegiate School had organised an inter-School Bengali
Cultural festival on the 24th & 25th of June, 2010. The aim
of the fest was to highlight and promote Bengali Culture and
infuse in our youth the quest to know more about their own
culture. The theme for this year was " Rabi Pranam - A
Tribute to Rabindranath Tagore" to pay homage to this
illustrious personality and alumnus of St. Xavier's, on his
150th birth anniversary. Eight renowned schools of Kolkata,
participated in the festival, namely - Mahadevi Birla Girls
Higher Secondary School, St. Thomas Girls School, Salt Lake
School, Modern High School for Girls, La Martiniere for
Girls, St. Lawrence High School, Shri Shikshsyatan and St.
Xavier's Collegiate School. The fest was presented in
association with TARA MUZIK. There were altogether eight
events which included:
1. Eastern Music:- The event was telecast by TARA
MUZIK and was judges by the well-known singers- Mrs. Pramita
Mallick, Ms. Lopamudra Mitra, Mr. Manomay Bhattacharyay. St.
Lawrence High School won the event followed by St. Xavier's
Collegiate School. St. Lawrence performed two songs,
"(Tomaro Ashime Prano-Mono Loye)" and (Nilo Onjono-Ghono
Punjo-Chhayay)" with a spectacular combination of vocal and
instrumental performances. The performers from St. Xavier's
adequately rendered three vocal solos accompanied by
instruments "Prathama Aada Shiva-shakti "-Dhrupad, (Prathama
Aadi Taba Shokti)", and the vibrant song by Tagore "(Eki
Labonnye Purno Prano)". Aniruddha Banerjee (St. Lawrence)
and Akashdeep Dey (St. Xavier's) were declared the "Best
Vocalists", Prabahan Basu (St. Lawrence) and Uttaran Ghosh
(St. Xavier's) were declared the "Best Instrumentalists".
2. One Act Play:- The judges of the event were
television actors, Mr. Arindam Ganguly. Mr. Chandan Sen, Mr.
Shantilal Mukherjee and The participants got an opportunity
to show their talents in the fields of scrip-writing (Based
on a drama or short story by Tagore) direction and live
acting. Some schools extended the scope of the event to
dance-dramas. The first position was awarded to Shri
Shikshsyatan School, and Modern High School for Girls being
awarded 2nd position. Shalini Sen of Shri Shikshsyatan was
awarded "Best Actor" and the director of Modern High School
was declared the best.
3. Quiz:- The quiz master was Mr. Biplob Ganguly .
St. Lawrence High School won the event followed by St.
Thomas Girls School.
4. Recitation:- The event was judged by famous
elocutionists Mr. Jagannath Basu, Mrs. Urmimala Basu and
Biplab Ganguly. La Martini ere for Girls won the event
followed by Salt Lake School. Sonia Roy of LMG was declared
"Best Speaker" along with Pratik Gomes of St. Xavier's. They
recited "(Sonar tori)" and "(Kripon)" respectively.
5. Geetanjali:- The Judges for the event were the,
eminent and renouned singer Ms. Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta,
elocutionist Mrs. Pranati Tagore and television actor Mr.
Soumitra Basu. The event and the thoughts surrounding it
were highly exulted by Ms. Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta. As she
said, "Not only did you Xaverians think deeply on Tagore's
literature but also compelled the students of other schools
to think deeply on him."The event was meant to showcase the
cultural talent present in the schools, and it was. Each
school put up a brilliant show with a perfect blend of
songs, recitation, dance and enactment based on self-made
scripts. The first position was secured by St. Xavier's
followed by St. Lawrence.
1. Creative Writing:- The participants were given a
well-known line writing by Tagore, "(Mahabishwe Mahakashe
Mahakalo Majhe)", on which they had to base their essays.
Vadavati Banerjee of Modern High School for Girls was
awarded the first prize, followed by Moindrilla Haldar of
St. Thomas Girls School. The judge of the event was Prof.
Shubhasis Mondal of St. Xavier's College(Morning).
2. Still Photography:- The participants had to search
for salvation in light, as the topic was " (Amar Mukti Aloy
Aloy)". They had to prepare a wonder presentation of their
photographs. The judges were Mrs. Sriparna Chakraborty, Mr.
Sudip Chatterjee and Mr. Stephen Dolby. The photographers of
Modern High School for Girls carried off the first prize
followed by Mahadevi Birla Girls Higher Secondary School.
3. Painting:- The topic was "(Arup tomar ruper lilay
jaage hridoypur)". The painting were judged by eminent
painter, Mr. Indranath Bondyopadhyay. The first position was
awarded to Malika Sen from Modern High School for Girls;
Sumantra Talukdar of St. Xavier's won the 2nd prize.
Our guest performers were Mr. Sounak Chattopadhyay, who
stunned the hall with his brilliant musical vocal
performances and Mrs. Pranati Tagore, who won the hearts of
the young school audiences with her emotional recitation.
The results of the event, Geetanjali were reflected on the
result of the entire fest. The winner of the fest was St
.Xavier's Collegiate School. The winners' trophy was passed
on the first runner up St. Lawrence High School and the
runner up trophy was passed on to the 2nd runner up Shri
We were delighted and honoured to have Prof. Krishna Bose as
our Chief Guest and her son, Prof Sugata Bose as our Guest
of Honour. The Chief Guest presented the trophies to the
Yet again, the fest proved to be a grand success and was
highly commended by all those who participated and witnessed
the event. It was our proud privilege to have in our midst
so many luminaries as our judges and guests. We
whole-heartedly thank them for sparing a part of their
valuable time and enhancing our effort in paying tribute to
Rabindranath Tagore. We also thank all our sponsors and
partners. We shall remain ever obliged to them for
supporting our cause.
Akashdeep Dey, President, Sansriti '10 Board.
REPORT OF “SANSRITI-2009”, AN INTER-SCHOOL BENGALI ONE ACT
PRESIDENT:- Rahul Samaddar.
VICE-PRESIDENT:- Soham Ghosh.
SECRETARY:- Sounak Bhattacharya.
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICERS:- Animikh Roy and Som Shubhra
TREASURERS:- Aryyabrata Paul and Akashdeep Dey.
CONVENOR:- Suprovo Tagore.
In its maiden year, Sansriti organised an inter-school
Bengali one act play festival. Some of the most acclaimed
(English Medium) Schools in Kolkata were invited to the
occasion and every one of them pledging their support to the
cause, came forward to make Sansriti a success. Twelve
schools participated in the day long event. The festival
began with Fr. Jerome Francis, the principal of St.Xavier’s
Collegiate School, lighting the lamp amidst the sound of
applause enthralling the atmosphere. The inauguration
ceremony saw the senior boys of St. Xavier’s perform the
famous Rabindrasangeet, “Sheemar Majhe Ashim Tumi”,
signifying the endlessness of Bengali culture, which
flourished within the boundaries of Bengal. The theme of the
festival was “cultural crisis among the Bengali youth”,
keeping in harmony the motto of the club, “Creation amidst
crisis”. The festival was judged by eminent personalities in
the Bengali theatre world – Shrimati Bijoylakshmi Barman and
Sri Chandan Sen, and television actress Shrimati Srila
The afternoon saw a beautiful collage of thoughts, ideas and
opinions, staged on a single platform. After the break, the
audience was entertained with a musical performance, put up
by the senior students of St. Xavier’s and headed by
Akashdeep Dey, the Treasurer of the club. All the songs
performed were outsourced from various dramas of Tagore.
After this, the one act plays continued to be performed by
another set of schools. St. Xavier’s performed last, with
Som Shubhra Banerjee putting up a brilliant performance,
portraying the abstract character of ‘crises’. This won him
the “Best Actor’s” prize. Sounak Bhattacherya, also of St.
Xavier’s, won the prize for Best Director. The award for the
best script went to Ritika Bose of Loreto House, for a
magnificent performance, which Loreto House put up based on
All the schools put up brilliant performances and the judges
found it difficult to choose the winners. As everyone waited
anxiously for the result to be declared, they were
entertained with another musical programme, this time with
an instrumental (fusion) performance, put up by two senior
students of St. Xavier’s-Unmesh Banerjee on the Tabla and
Subhagata Singha on the guitar. The first prize was awarded
to St. Xavier’s Collegiate School. The second and third
prizes were awarded to Loreto House and Shri Shikshayatan
respectively. As a gesture of goods will St. Xavier’s passed
the winner’s trophy to Loreto House, and Shri Shikshayatan
was given the runners up trophy.
The programme, although marked by a few hiccups, due to load
shedding, was quite enjoyable on the whole. We hope that we
have been able to live up to our theme of “creation amidst
crisis”. In this way, we aspire to serve of the good old
days of Golden Bengal.
We would like to thank our sponsors and well-wishers for
their generosity and untiring support, in our endeavours to
steer “SANSRITI” towards success.
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