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DPS remembers Mumbai terror victims
Hussain performs at the annual function of DPS in Siliguri on Sunday. Picture by Kundan Yolmo

Siliguri, Nov. 30: The moment was quite overwhelming. Over 7,000 guests and students who had turned up for the annual function at DPS today stood in silence as a minute’s mourning was observed in memory of the lives lost in the Mumbai terror attacks.

The silence was also in memory of Siliguri mayor Bikash Ghosh, who passed away on November 25. Bengal urban development and municipal affairs minister Minister Asok Bhattacharya, Darjeeling district magistrate and police chief and several other dignitaries from the administration and business communities joined the 2,500 students and teachers of the school in the mark of respect for the departed.

Among the those who attended Unison 2008 was a Mumbaikar as well, who was in the city when the tragic events of the last few days unfolded.

TV personality Hussain Kuwajerwala of Indian Idol and Nach Baliye fame, who also stood in silence, later shared a few of his experiences with the students as a citizen of a “war-torn city”.

Hussain staged a 30 minute performance with a team that had been hand-chosen locally.

The four-hour show comprised songs, dances, skits and ballads as well as short plays in English and Hindi. “We decided to hold our annual function this year on one day, instead of spreading it over four days as in previous years,” said Purba Chatterjee, the school’s debating captain, while explaining why Unison 2008 was being held in a grand scale this year.

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