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Celebration of language at CBS

It was a celebration of language and words at Calcutta Boys’ School (CBS) as students took part in a host of competitions from creative writing to elocution and quiz to debate.

The eighth edition of Lingua Fiesta, the inter-house language fest, also included plays this year. “Languages are a blessing to us from God and through this fest we celebrate this gift. A person who masters languages is certainly a true master. Also, we have been able to pay our tribute to the bard of Bengal by singing his songs, reciting his poems and acting out his one-act plays. The students have done a great job. I always knew that there are very good singers and musicians in CBS but that we have such good actors is a wonderful surprise for me. I am also very happy to see the teachers so involved with the fest,” said Raja McGee, the principal.

The topic for the English debate was “One must always follow the straight and narrow path”.

The best speaker of the event was Abhigyan Saha, Class XI, from Warne House. “I would rather be mad than boring. I will choose the path with the blinds and not the one which shows me where I am going,” he said, speaking against the motion.

The language quiz conducted by ex-student Surya Shekhar Chakraborty was also great fun.

The newest addition to the fest, the one-act play competition, saw the boys stage four plays — Tota Kahini, Idurer Bhoj, Anteshti Sanbad and Chhatrer Pariksha. For Rajarshi Mukherjee, Class XI, a member of Thoburn House, who took part in Idurer Bhoj, Lingua Fiesta is fun, interactive and dynamic.

“I had a great time during the fest. I’m more focused on English and not so much on Hindi and Bengali but I had a great time attending all the events and cheering for my friends. The plays were introduced this time and it was a fun experience, especially during the rehearsals,” said Rajarshi, who wants to learn German.

The overall winner was Henderson House while Warne came second, followed by Laidlaw and Thoburn.