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I just found my Salt Lake wala friend,” laughed a gentleman while hugging his classmate as they reunited at Homecoming 2013, the 16th annual reunion dinner organised by the Birla High School Alumni, in association with The Telegraph, on January 12 on the school’s Moira Street premises.

The evening started with the end-of-period bell signalling a trip down memory lane for the many ex-students who had come from not just Calcutta but from various cities across the country. Lighting of the inaugural lamp by the principal (Mukta Nain) and the headmistress of the junior section (Loveleen Saigal) was followed by the felicitation of some teachers, before the evening moved on to lively performances by singers Soma Chanda and Shayne Hyrapiet.

“I am feeling pretty nostalgic. Wish we could be in our shorts and back in school once again,” said Manoj Mishra, who had left school some 23 years ago — when it was still called Hindi High School — and was seen having a gala time with his batchmates, singing and jiving.

Dahi Vada, Cutlet, Pulao, Palak Paneer, Ice-cream, Kulfi and Nolen Gurer Rosomalai were lined up on the dinner table to round off a memorable evening.

Abhinanda Datta
Pictures: Rashbehari Das

Soma Chanda had the Birla High old boys in flashback mood with evergreen hits like Ek pyar ka nagma hai (Shor) and In aankhon ki masti ke (Umrao Jaan, 1981). But soon it was time to break into a jig with Chinta ta ta (Rowdy Rathore) playing in the background. The high point of course being when the batches old and new joined hands to shake a leg on the dance floor.

 

What’s a reunion without teachers and students having a blast together. That’s just what happened when the great classroom divide was vaulted and the teachers and the taught jigged to Mera naam chin chin choo and Halkat jawaani! Even principal Mukta Nain (centre in picture left) and the headmistress (junior section) Loveleen Saigal (not in picture) joined in with Shayne going Chammak challo. “I love music, I love dancing and it is a pleasure to be sharing the stage with my students,” said A.S. Mowla (extreme left in picture), the most enthusiastic teacher when it came to showing off Moves Like Jagger.