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The Milanee scores a classy century

When friends Harinath Bose, Amulya Chattoraj, Mayanando Chattoraj and Jyotindranath Dutta formed a small dramatics club 100 years ago to foster theatre in Jamshedpur, they perhaps had no idea that it would grow into a major cultural centre of the city.

The two-day celebrations of the 100th anniversary of city’s oldest club The Milanee, named Shotoborshe Milanee, started off on its Bistupur premises on Tuesday, with Tata Steel managing director T.V. Narendran as chief guest.

A number of cultural events have been lined up to commemorate the occasion.

The day started with former club secretary (1960-1974) Jyotish Chandra Chakraborty hoisting the club flag on the premises on Tuesday morning. This was followed by members delivering speeches on the club’s completion of a long journey of a 100 years.

The members also sang the club song, Aamader Milanee gorber sthan (our Milanee, our pride of place).

Chief guest Narendran inaugurated a collage of rare photographs of legends — sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar, author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay and magician P.C. Sorcar — when they had come to The Milanee.

In the evening, dance drama Valmiki Pratibha was staged by a Calcutta troupe. This apart, winners of contests were felicitated and a souvenir released.

Wednesday will see popular Bengali singer Shampa Kundu mesmerise the audience.

In 1914, four friends found Sakchi Dramatic Club. Few years later, Sakchi Dramatic Club, Oriya Dramatic Club and Saraswati Sammelani merged into The Milanee.

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