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City’s oldest club eyes 149

- Events lined up for six days

A visit to destitute home Nirmal Hriday in Ranchi, offering refreshments to around 150 inmates and donating woollens on Sunday marked the beginning of a week-long programme to celebrate The Union Club and Library’s 149th foundation day.

Established on November 27, 1864, the club is the oldest in the city.

A five-member team, led by club vice-president Subir Lahiri, visited the home run by the Missionaries of Charity in the morning.

After playing Good Samaritan, the focus shifted to the club premises in Tharpakhna. President Jyotirmay Choudhury hoisted the club flag and sporting events followed.

Children of club members took part in spoon race, jalebi race and the usual track events like 50m and 100m. For female club members, musical chair was held.

A host of other events has been lined up for coming days.

“Billiards, table tennis and badminton championships will begin on Monday and conclude on Thursday,” said vice-president Lahiri.

Daylong yoga and karate performances have been slotted for Friday. For entertainment, organisers have planned cultural programmes to be held at Plaza Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday.

While vocalist Rupa Choudhury from Calcutta and local sitarist Chirasatya Thakur will present a classical evening on Tuesday, Abhijit Bose, also from Calcutta, will perform folk songs the next evening. Some of the club members, who have achieved feats in various fields will also be felicitated on Wednesday.

The celebrations will conclude on Saturday with a discussion on 100 years of Tagore’s nobel prize and Geetanjali. This will be followed by rendition of Rabindrasangeet by a group of local artistes led by Tanima Chatterjee.

Speaking about next year, club president Choudhury said, “We will be celebrating our 150th anniversary. Though it is too early to announce anything, we have plans to invite a few eminent personalities from different walks of life. We will also host a get-together with old club members who have left Ranchi.”