Agnimitra Paul, one of the judges of Tuesday’s fashion show, to be choreographed by Jessica
To celebrate 50 years of the township Bidhannagar Press Club has organised a four-day bash in association with The Telegraph Salt Lake and supported by The Telegraph.
The event will be held at BJ Park, where an enclosure has been built next to the community centre, and will be inaugurated on April 14. A 100-year-old journalist and resident of AE Block has been invited to inaugurate the event at 10am.
Odissi dancer Arpita Venkatesh’s children’s troupe will perform next, followed by felicitatation of the township’s senior citizens. “The first day of our event coincides with Poila Baisakh — a day when we seek the blessings of our elders. So the first day has been named senior citizens’ day,” says Tapas Kanti Sengupta, secretary of Bidhannagar Press Club.
All blocks have been asked to forward the names of two candidates for this felicitation. Thereafter senior citizens will participate in an adda from 11am. The topic of the adda will be “Bidhannagar: Past, present and the expected”. Seniors will then be treated to lunch.
The next day — April 15 — has been named “Children and women’s day” and will begin with a sit-and-draw competition for youngsters. The club has received between 700 and 1,000 entries from schools, art schools and various blocks of Salt Lake and so spot registration is unlikely.
From 3pm will start the cooking competition. Residents who have registered were asked to submit a recipe and will be asked to cook the same at the event. There is a special category for senior citizens in this event.
Once judges shortlist finalists based on their dishes, they will be asked to prepare one more item. Ingredients for this will be provided by organisers. The first prize for this contest is a microwave oven.
At 6pm, a discussion will be held on the prevention of thalassaemia, followed by a magic show and gameshow named Shabda Baji. The game will be open to everyone in the audience and will be based on idioms and wordplay. The evening will end with a performance by singer Srabani Sen.
On April 16, a ‘walkathon’ is being organised. Anyone interested to join may come to Dr B.C. Roy’s statue at 7.30am. Dignitaries would garland the statue and then walk to the BJ Block pandal.
At 5pm, a 20lb birthday cake — in the shape of Salt Lake’s map — will be cut and shared. Also 50 balloons — representing the 50 years — will be released at the venue and anyone who catches one will be asked to burst it and read out the coupon that will be hidden inside. Every coupon will fetch a gift to the bearer.
The prize distribution ceremony for the events of the preceeding days will then take place, followed by a dance performance by the troupe Malhar and a musical performance by Somlata and the Aces at 8pm.
On April 17 will be a fashion show for all ages. Model Jessica has been roped in to choreograph the show and the judges’ panel will includes celebrities like designer Agnimitra Paul.
For details, contact 9831132711.