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Rocking Reunion 2008
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 Convenor Shri 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
Abeer Dey ( 1989 )
|Abyakta Basu ( 1961 )|
|Amiyo Karmakar ( 1983 )|
|Anando Ganguli ( 1970 )|
|Anjan Biswas ( 1968 )|
|Anup Ghosh ( 1966 )|
|Anurupa Maitra (1966) +spouse|
|Ashok Bhattacharji (1966) +spouse|
|Ashok Roy ( 1964 ) + spouse|
|Aurobindo Das ( 1970 )|
|Bhairab Sensharma ( 1989 )|
|Bhavin Maru ( 1989 )|
|Bibek Bagchi's spouse|
|Binoy Krishna Dhar ( 1953 )|
|Buddhadev Karmakar (1989)|
|Daniel Jagtap (1982)+ spouse|
|Debaprasad Sengupta (1971)|
|Debashish Das ( 1981)+ spouse|
|Deepti Sengupta ( 1970)|
|Dileep Chatterjee ( 1964 )|
|Gautam Maiti ( 1969 )|
|Joyoti Chakrabarty + spouse|
|Jyoti Deshpande ( 1988 )|
|Kalpa Deep Chatterjee|
|Kanchan Shetty ( 1988 )|
|Karnaditya Neogi (1966)+ spouse|
|Kaushik Banerjee (1974)+ spouse|
|Mainak Chatterjee ( 1966 )|
|Meera Majumdar ( 1955 )|
|Mrinal Dutta ( 1966 )|
|Nibedita Roy (1970)+ spouse|
|Nirukta Bose ( 1967 )|
|Nivedita Das (1988) + spouse|
|Panchami Sen ( 1978 )|
|Partha Bose ( 1964 )+ spouse|
|Partho Das ( 1970) + spouse|
|Prabir De ( 1970 )|
|Prabir Ghosh ( 1964 )|
|Pradip Kumar Pain (1958) +spouse|
|Prashanta Majumdar (1964) + spouse|
|Prodyot Nandy ( 1964 ) + spouse|
|Radha Shenvi + Spouse|
|Rajeev Mambakaran ( 1988 )|
|Ranajit Lodh ( 1962 )|
|Ravish Shanbhag (1990)|
|Rewa Deo ( 1988 )|
|Rita Bose ( 1970 )|
|Sanjay Lahiri + spouse|
|Sarbani Dhavan (1979)|
|Shahid Khan ( 1989 )|
|Sharmila Chakrabarty (1979)|
|Sharmishtha Sen ( 1976)|
|Shyamaprasad Dhar (1964)|
|Soumya Pal (2000)|
|Subrata Burman (1966) + spouse|
|Subrata Dey ( 1975 )|
|Subrata Karmakar (1992)+ spouse|
|Sudebi Karmakar ( 1964 )|
|Swadheen Dey (1958)+ spouse|
|Swapan Saha (1975)+ spouse|
|Swati Mukherjee ( 1981 )|
|Uttam Bardhan ( 1971 ) + spouse|
|Vijay Perla ( 1988 )|
|Vivek Rathod ( 1989 )|
|Vivekita Gupta (1979)|
|( If anybody has attended the Reunion 2008 and finds himself/herself missing from above list please let us know )|
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.
Shri Anukta Bose writes :
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.
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.
Wonderful evening ,It could not be better!
Will make all effort to come back and rock!
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 midnight! 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!
A thing 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 writes :
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 her alarmingly
I grant 100 Marks to her.