Adda, poetry and some memories
To hark back to the good ol' days was why the Jadavpur Alumni Association of Hyderabad met recently
A UNIVERSITY reunion meet is either emotional, life changing or a long list of names to be endured. At Mekaster Auditorium (Institute of Electronics & Tele Communications Engineering, Osmania University) where the recently restructured Jadavpur Alumni Association met on Sunday, the occasion was marked with noticeable traces of the three inevitable features typical of any such get-together.
While the air, in general, was surcharged with camaraderie the cell phone became an aberration, either ringing when it should not or making people go through the painful task of feeding numbers on to their phones of long lost friends with whom they exchanged promises to be in touch, even if it were only through SMS, for the rest of their lives.
About 125 past-pupils caught up with each other to muse over the years spent at the J.U., enquired reminiscently about friends and felt proud about the success of the other. Some found out about their favourite teachers while others shared a laugh at many a campus joke that did rounds when they were students.
The adda over, speeches that followed were sprinkled with fond memories of Jadavpur and a common desire to relive those years, at least by way of being an active association that meets once in a while to organise cultural programmes and literary events.
The Bengali Sanskritik Sangha (B.S.S.) also joined hands with the Alumni Association N.C.E. Bengal and Jadavpur University of Hyderabad to promote events that showcase Bengali culture and tradition.
Sunday's programme was marked by a chorus by the B.S.S., followed by poetry recitation and a dance programme by Shukla Das Gupta and Kanchan Bhattacharya both J.U.-formers.
The highlight of the evening was however the Kobi Sammelan that was participated by Subodh Sarkar, Mallika Sengupta and Bratyo Basu. While Sarkar read his famous Sari, Mallika Sengupta's poignant poems with a strong feminist flavour enthused most in the assembly.
Veteran journalist Sunil Gangopadhya and his wife Swati Gangopadhya, who were special invitees, however, could not attend the programme.
An evening of music and poetry later, it was time to bid adieu to old friends, and new ones made at the alumni meet. Even as they dispersed amidst goodbye glances and soon departed, an SMS doing the rounds read Look where we are now and say wow. Look again... and we're gone, because we are moving on.
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