Come 5th.January and it was again time to meet dear old friends and ex-students of our
ALMA MATER. The evening got to a late start due to usual traffic problems and also due to participant’s non familiarity
with Vashi ( Navi Mumbai ). The venue MARINE CLUB was a fabulous location with all modern facilities and beautiful arrangements.
The initial greetings and exchanges went on till 7-00 p.m. when the meeting was called to order.
After observing 1 minute silence
in memory of the departed souls of our respected teachers, and 1974 Alumni Amitabha Chakrabarty; program host Dileep briefly
narrated the past few years` activities of the Alumnibes and also the efforts put forward by the Executive Core Committee
of Alumnibes. A resolution was moved to enable our Alumnibes Executive Core Committee members to donate the funds raised (partially
or fully) to our alma mater after due consideration from time to time; which was passed unanimously by all the members present.
Remembering our beloved Principal Late Sri Gokul Chandra Pain who rendered yeomen service to our school from 1953 to 1968,
and also to all the Bengali Institutions of Bombay viz. Bengali Education Society, Bengal Club, Bengali Maheela Samiti, Banga
Bhasha prashar Samity, and all others in projecting, upholding and publicizing the rich Bengali Culture and traditions in
this western part of the country; Dileep invited Shri Pradeep Kumar Pain ( 1958 batch SSC topper of our School and son of
Late Shri G.C.Pain ) who served the Indian Banking Industry with great distinction and honour, to share his feelings about
the school and the rich contributions made by his father Late Shri G.C.Pain. Emotional and proud, Pradeepda recalled his wonderful
days at the School, batch mates viz. Swapan Nandi, Indrani Mitra and others and how apart from learning the lessons in school,
our cultural and traditional values were built up. He fondly remembered how the children were taken to see good, educational
and epic English movies to far off theaters like REGAL in double decker TRAMS and brought back safely under constant and loving
care of our teachers and staff. Pradeepda paid rich tributes to his father`s era in BES High School ( 1953-1968 ) and
echoed the sentiments of how Shri G.C.Pain had strived to project and uplift the Bengali Culture in this part of the country.
The fund raising programs for our school building by staging of Tagore`s Dance Dramma " CHANDALIKA " in Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan
, the visit/felicitations of famous Bengali dignitaries viz. Miss Anita Bose ( Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose`s daughter ), PadmaShri
Bishtu Ghosh and Padmashri Reba Rakshit ( who would demonstrate the power of body building and yoga by making an Adult elephant
walk over her chest in ‘Raymon Circus’, Indian football squad for Tokyo Olympics under the captaincy of legendary
Mohun Bagan Left-in player Chuni Goswami and many others were mentioned with great satisfaction and pride. Our simple, poised and elegant Ashok
Roy ( 1964 batch ) recited two great poems by Tagore. Bharath Tirtha ( hey mor chitta punya tirthe jago re dheer` e, ei Bharath
er maha manab er sagar teer`e ) and Kazi Nazrul Islam`s famous lines" Bhaang Bhaang Bhaang re Kaaraa" which is still reverberating
in every ones ears.
The ALUMNIBES thanked the host, our own ex-student, Captain Partho Das,a very enterprising
and successful businessman and proud owner of this Marine Club at Vashi and yet humble enough to designate himself as only
Chief Servant, felt very excited and offered to stage our future programs too. The next part of the program , which was the
brain child of our ConvenorShri Prodyoth Nandy and Capt.Partho Das was the magic
of Video Jockey Dev (son of Capt.Das) and VJ Sen (son of another ex-student of our school)). This program set the entire gathering
ROCKING to the fantastic music. It was such a treat to watch and a rare event when the 60 year olds danced to the rocking
beats with the youngsters of 20 years and derived TOTAL satisfaction and heartiest enjoyment. The snacks and drinks session
by the side hall provided the much needed interval to meet, mix, greet, get introduced to, identify and remember and exchange
the pleasentaries with each other. The need to fulfill all the appetite for gossip and opportunity to meet the long lost batch
mates and contemporaries and the younger generations have been one feature which could not be addressed in earlier Re-unions
was completely unleashed and at one time made every one long for the evening to go on and on for ever. Every good things in
life have a limited span. Very very delicious and tasty dinner was ready around 10-00 pm and so the crowd had to be pushed
to the Dining hall. So we bid adeu to meet next year again!
- Shri Dileep Chatterjee
List of Partcipants:
Abeer Dey ( 1989 )
Basu ( 1961 )
( 1983 )
Ganguli ( 1970 )
( 1968 )
( 1966 )
Maitra (1966) +spouse
Bhattacharji (1966) +spouse
( 1964 ) + spouse
Aurobindo Das ( 1970 )
Bhairab Sensharma ( 1989 )
Bhavin Maru ( 1989 )
Dhar ( 1953 )
Jagtap (1982)+ spouse
Das ( 1981)+ spouse
Sengupta ( 1970)
Chatterjee ( 1964 )
Maiti ( 1969 )
Chakrabarty + spouse
( 1988 )
Kalpa Deep Chatterjee
Shetty ( 1988 )
Neogi (1966)+ spouse
Banerjee (1974)+ spouse
Chatterjee ( 1966 )
( 1955 )
Dutta ( 1966 )
Roy (1970)+ spouse
Bose ( 1967 )
Das (1988) + spouse
Sen ( 1978 )
Bose ( 1964 )+ spouse
Das ( 1970) + spouse
De ( 1970 )
Ghosh ( 1964 )
Kumar Pain (1958) +spouse
Majumdar (1964) + spouse
Nandy ( 1964 ) + spouse
Mambakaran ( 1988 )
Lodh ( 1962 )
( 1988 )
( 1970 )
Lahiri + spouse
Khan ( 1989 )
Sen ( 1976)
Shyamaprasad Dhar (1964)
Burman (1966) + spouse
Dey ( 1975 )
Karmakar (1992)+ spouse
Karmakar ( 1964 )
Dey (1958)+ spouse
Saha (1975)+ spouse
( 1981 )
( 1971 ) + spouse
( 1988 )
( 1989 )
anybody has attended the Reunion 2008 and finds himself/herself missing from above list please let us know )
Participant's Impressions :
Dr. Anurupa Maitra writes :
unforgettable! Just that the decibel level made sure we kept yelling into each other's ears. The whole atmosphere was
electric. In fact I kept clicking pictures of my class of '66, with camera at the wrong setting. Result ? All pictures are
like "Amabasyar Raat". Never seen my classmates this way before!! Now I must wait till the Reunion 2009 to get them really
the way they are. Oh yes! The food also suited everybody's palate. Thank you so much for organising such a nice get
together. Plans for 2009 ? I will definitely join , whatever would be the mode of transport needed.
Do keep me on the mailing list.
Anukta Bose writes :
Let me felicitate you for successful holding Reunion 2008. It was just wonderful to hear Shri Pradip Pain recollecting the old days. I also came to know about
contacts of my batch mates who were in Mumbai but unfortunately did not know about the Reunion. I will collect their names and contacts
nos etc and forward them to you for registration and also invite them to attend future events. Regarding suggestion
about Reunion 2009 I shall write separately. I believe a great beginning has been made and needs to be sustained
till we become a strong and a fruitful alumni association.
Shri Taposh Das husband of Alumni Smt. Nivedita Das writes :
I had attended Reunion 2008 as a guest along
with my wife Nivedita Das as she is the ex-student of the school. It was a wonderful experience. I bid adeau the year 2007
with cold and fever and could not take the dance floor. Hence I was pre determined and wanted to enjoy 5th January night like
31st December. And I did enjoy in the company of Abir and Capt.Das's family. Capt.Das whom we lovingly call Partoda, has been
excellant as a host. I got introduced to my wife's friends and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
We must have the same organised in the same
venue next year as the place provides all facilities.
Shri Subrata Burman writes :
,It could not be better!
Will make all effort
to come back and rock!
Smt Jyoti Deshpande writes :
Thank you all of you so much for the great
event on the 5th.
We all enjoyed immensely and the food
was great! (even though every time the chicken lollypops came in, we managed to grab only a single because the whole lot disappeared
withing seconds! They were delicious). Even though as compared to the seniors, we of the '88 batch and others who were still
junior were much less in numbers, we met each other after 19 years! Many had changed and many remained as they were 19 years
ago, though they had changed in terms of the fat on bones!
The DJ was great, except that we wished it
was on till !
We could not stop talking once we all met after so many years and by the time we hit the dance floor, it was time for dinner.
We were very very very impressed with the energy of the seniors who danced fantastically well and we wish all of you the best
of health and energy for the many many years to come...after the getto, we had our small 88 adda again at the King circles
icecream parlor at midnight!
We are grateful to all of you for making this
happen, and a special 'Thank you' to Capt.Das for the wonderful arrangement. We all wait eagerly for the snaps.
I am sure there must be plenty, we all saw you clicking to your hearts content the whole evening!
we all greatly missed was absence of any of the teachers of our time, especially, Sheeladi and Kamladi who were there last
year and we were expecting to meet to get their blessings.
Smt. Mahua Chakrabarty
Thanks a lot for taking that extra effort to make Reunion 2008 All Succesful.
I enjoyed it but would have loved to meet more of 1968 batch mates.
Through out it was an enjoyable evening.
Looking forward to Reunoin 2009.
PS: Cannot forget the Kangaroo Dance!
Captain Partho Das writes :
Dear Unforgetables ! A million thanks to all those who struggled to attend Reunion
2008 inspite of hectic bursting monotonous lifestyle. Your great appearance itself gave victory points to
our noble reunion with a unique twist & satisfaction. Another million thanks again for reproducing
the sensational flashback of our B.E.S. School bygone days which refreshed our memories greatly while trying to visualise
the past innocent faces with current matured presentation.
I thank all for giving me a great scope to render
some SEVA to my seniors & juniors, that gave me a PARAM VISHISTA NIRMAL ANAND. The great joy of assessing
attendance reached a score of 127 students & their spouses. I now request those who could not make it to share the
great reunion 2008, that ? on next opportunity please ? pleaseeee try, struggle, break through, but simply
make it. A shipload of big big thanks & appreciation for our great Prodyot Nandy who organised this event.
Yes ! Prodyot da ! Ashesh Dhonnobad Tomake. Give me another chance & I shall manage with more colours & keep
it a continuous event including the latest flamboyant ?Kangaroo hip hop?; We might re-mix with Rodh Island, Leghorns,
ape-silo & peacockian dance too. Offcourse a lady with ?Supreme Court figure? had the highest appeals of
continuous dancing for long stretch. Inspite of countering great Newtons Law she danced gracefully & carried
well - Congrats ! I grant 100 Marks to her.
List of Donors :
1. Shri Subrata Burman : Rs. 1000
2. Shri Pradip Kumar Pain : Rs. 500
3. Shri Abeer De :
4. Smt. Sharbani Dhavan : Rs. 500
5. Shri Partha Bose :
6. Shri Uttam Bardhan : Rs. 1500
7. Shri Anjan Biswas :
8. Smt. Mahua Chakrabarty Rs. 1000
9. Ms. Abyakta Basu
10. Shri Sanjay Lahiri
11. Shri Ashok Roy
12. Dr. Anurupa Maitra
13. Shri Debashish Das
14. Shri Shyamaprasad Dhar Rs. 100
15. Shri Karnaditya Neogi Rs. 1001
16. Smt. Vivekita Gupta Rs.
17. Shri Ravish Shanbhag Rs.
18. Shri Prabir Ghosh
19. Shri Mrinal Dutta
20. Smt. Sudebi Karmakar Rs.
21. Smt. Radha Shenvi
22. Smt. Joyoti Chakrabarty Rs. 1000
23. Shri Debaprasad Sengupta Rs. 500
24. Shri Mainak Chatterjee Rs.
25. Smt. Sharmila Chakrabarty Rs. 400
26. Batch of 1988
Total amount collected Rs. 20452
Previous years balance Rs. 26084
Reunion expenses at Marine Club Rs. 18000 ( Paid to BES with the consent of Captain
Partho Das, Chief, Marine club for celebration of Platinum Jubilee- BES and School development projects)
Note : Custodians of alumnibes fund with holdings as