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Carols & cupcakes
Dr. Graham’s Homes Children’s Choir performs for Live @ The Consul-General’s residence. Pictures: Rashbehari Das

Carols, cupcakes and kids.... Christmas came calling at the third edition of Live @ The Consul-General’s residence series, hosted by US consul-general Dean Thompson and wife Jane on Saturday evening.

Clinton “Tad” Brown, the economic and political consul, US, with son Kavi and daughter Anisah. “Aami naach korte pari, tumi ki gaan karo (I know how to dance. Do you sing)?,” enquired Kavi, a student of upper nursery.

“As we are heading towards the Christmas season, one of the favourite traditions in the US and all around the world is the singing of carols. This was an opportunity to share some of that with everyone here,” said Dean, welcoming the performers and guests. The evening featured Dr. Graham’s Homes Children’s Choir, Kalimpong, who belted out a mixed bag of carols and pop, including Listen to the Rain by Evanescence and Please Come Home for Christmas (made popular by the Eagles).

“We chose these songs because we thought the audience here will associate with the numbers of the Backstreet Boys and Michael Bolton,” said Shane William Saviel, the director of the choir, on their 12th visit to Calcutta.

Xmas plans were much in discussion. While Marc Lorenz, the general manager of Hyatt Regency, plans to go back home to Germany with wife Tami for Christmas, Jane Thompson is waiting for her children to arrive in Calcutta. “Christmas on Park Street is festive and beautiful… I have attended Christmas parties at various children’s homes run by NGOs. Christmas is the time to spread love and you can do that no matter where you are in the world and we do it in Calcutta as well,” she smiled.

Jhinuk Mazumdar