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Campus tribute to Teresa

An undated picture of Father Felix Raj with Mother

St. Xavier's College is organising an exhibition of paintings of Mother Teresa as a follow-up to the symposium held recently, from September 29 to October 5, to celebrate the Sainthood of Mother.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of Bengal, at 10am on September 29. "It is our humble tribute to this great lady who lived and worked in Calcutta. She is acclaimed globally for her humanitarian work particularly for the poorest of the poor. She made Calcutta a City of Joy," said Father Felix Raj, the principal of the college.

This exhibition is an attempt to keep alive the spirituality and philosophy of Mother Teresa. Many artists have tried to depict her ideology in their paintings. One of them is Nimai Sengupta, a retired art teacher of St. Xavier's. He has around 26 oil paintings of Mother, a few of them autographed by Mother. He also has a bronze sculpture of Mother, which was blessed by her.

"St. Xavier's College has taken this ambitious project of restoring the paintings of Nimai Sengupta. St. Xavier's will also take the responsibility to preserve these priceless paintings. When I was the vice-principal of the college, Nimai Sengupta had gifted me a painting of Mother rescuing people washed away in the flood. That still hangs on the wall of the vice principal's office," said Felix Raj.

The exhibition is an opportunity to reflect on her life and mission for the poorest of the poor. "Mother has long been a saint. For us in Calcutta, she is the song of celebration, hymn of compassion. The city of Calcutta shall shine in her holiness," said Felix Raj.


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