|Lopamudra Mitra will perform on Sunday
Bidhannagar Municipality and Bidhannagar (Salt Lake) Welfare Association will jointly celebrate the 50th birthday of Salt Lake. They will also use the platform to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
The three-day event will begin on April 15, with a procession. The group will start walking from PNB island at 9am and head to Dr B.C. Roy’s statue. “It would be a colourful procession carrying messages on Salt Lake’s birthday, its development etc,” says Kumar Shankar Sadhu, secretary of Bidhannagar (Salt Lake) Welfare Association.
The action would shift to EZCC’s Purbashree auditorium in the evening. A bevy of ministers and MLA Sujit Bose are expected to attend the programme, where Salt Lake Theatre would stage the play Briddhashrom at 7pm. Directed by Prosenjit Chakraborty, it is the story of two elderly couples with children settled abroad. “One couple’s son keeps in touch with his parents but the other does not,” says Hirak Suvra Chatterjee, president of Salt Lake Theatre. “The civic chief wanted us to stage a play that would depict the story of Salt Lake.” This will be followed by a performance by singer Lopamudra Mitra.
On April 16, 5pm onwards, six noted residents would be felicitated. Justice (retd) Ganendra Narayan Roy, Justice (retd) Manoj Kumar Mukherjee, General (retd) Shankar Roychowdhury, painter Ganesh Halui, founder member and former president of SOS Children’s Village Tapan Basu Mullick are among those to be feted. A birthday cake would also be cut to celebrate the occasion.
From 7pm a collage of songs and poems, titled Aaha ki Ananda, would be staged by two residents. This will be followed by musical performances by Jayati Chakraborty and Monomoy Bhattacharya.
On April 17, the 150th birth anniversary of Swamiji would be celebrated in the presence of the secretary of Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Swami Sarbobhutananda.
Next, opposition leader Ila Nandi will stage a solo audio drama Arpan. Written by Banani Mukherjee, it is the tragic tale of a mother preparing to welcome her son home after a year. It is later learnt that the son, Arpan, was a soldier who went to war in Kargil. The play ends with the son’s colleagues bringing his coffin home.
The final act will be the play Bharater Swami Vivekananda, on the life of the monk, to be staged by theatre group Songbed.