Members of Brahmo Samaj at a function in Ranchi on
Sunday. (Hardeep Singh)
Ranchi, Aug. 29: The historic 142-year-old Brahmo Samaj premises at Tharphakna that normally wears a deserted look, came alive this morning on the occasion of Bhadrotsab or foundation day celebrations of the samaj.
“Though the samaj was founded on August 20, 1828, corresponding to the 6th day of Bhadra, the programme has been organised today, as Sunday is convenient for all,” said Diptiman Bose, one of the few Brahmos in the capital.
Despite a prolonged power cut, the ambience was calm. The audience, which sat on old wooden benches of the modest prayer hall, was treated to renderings of Brahmosangeet interspersed with solemn messages.
In its heydays, the samaj had the likes of Jyotirindra nath Tagore, Rabindranath’s elder brother and a music composer and theatre personality in his own right, as well as Satyendranath Tagore, the first Indian to join the Indian Civil Services as frequent visitors.
With the passage of time, the samaj lost much of its glory as the number of Brahmos dwindled.
Baidurya Sengupta, the samaj secretary who also performed the duties of the acharya, outlined the motto of Brahmo Samaj. “Like some other prominent religions, Brahmos worship Parameshwar, the one and only God,” he said.
The address of nonagenarian president Santana Bose, written from her hospital bed, was read aloud in the programme, treating audiences to reminiscences of the days past.
The programme also saw renderings of Tagore songs and other Brahmosangeet such as Akash bhora surya tara, Anandaloke mangalaloke, Anandadhara bohichhe bhubane and others, by singers Rinku Banerjee, Nilamabamra Banerjee, Shampa Bhattacharya, Manjari Pal, Tanima Chatterjee, Asit Bose and Subir Lahiri.
Today’s congregation also revealed that time has wiped the distinction between Brahmos and Hindus.
Hindus were the majority in the audience, for whom it was a reminder of an important historical event.