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NEWS – Dec 2020

Online Conference

A Conference of the Brahmos on virtual platform was organized by Pune Prarthana Samaj, held in Pune on December 4-5, 2020.  The programme started with flag hoisting. The prayer was offered by Dr. Ashoka Gurudas of Bangaluru and hymns were sung by members of Pune Prarthana Samaj with Dr. Sushama Joag, the Secretary of Pune Prarthana Samaj, leading the choir. Mr. Sanjoy Chanda of Delhi, President of the Conference, inaugurated the programme. He was followed by illuminating lectures of Dr. Raja Dixit, the Chief Guest, and Dr. Basudha Apte, the Guest of Honour. The theme of the conference was orienting Brahmo and Prarthana Samajes to connect with the youth so they could become the new torch bearers. Special discussion sessions were held on both the days where the young generations shared their views and ideas with the seniors. The second day started with a wonderful sermon delivered by Abhi Janamanchi of Maryland, USA. Prof. Dr. Dilip Joag, President Pune Prathana Samaj, and Dr. Sushama Joag, Secretary, published a Souvenir as a special issue of the proceedings of the Conference. The evenings were made sublime through devotional songs (Aadhyaatmik Sangeet) and prayer through dance (Nrityopasana). Several eminent social workers persons were honoured for their notable philanthropic work.

Online Programmes

Following are the online programmes that have been organized and published in “Brahmo Samaj” facebook group during May to November 2020:

16-May-2020 – Songs of Debendranath, Jyotirindranath & Rabindranath. We remembered these pillars of Brahmasangeet through their writings and sings. Dr. Sunrit Mullick spoke on Debendranath, while Baidurya Sengupta remembered Jyotirindranath Tagore. Manoshi Barua read out from Rabindranath’s Religion of Man. The songs were sung by various artistes across the Globe. Shobhon Ahmed, Jayanta Ray and Sujoya Ray participated from UK, Shakuntala Sen participated from US. The artistes from India included Debashis Raychaudhuri, Susmita Raychaudhuri, Rohini Raychaudhuri, Rinadolon Bandyopadhyay, Pradip Dutta, & Suman Majumdar

22-May-2020 – 248th birth anniversary of Raja Rammohun Roy in association with Raja Rammohun Roy Memorial Musuem and Rammohan College. Speaker was Prof Barun Chattopadhyay

27-Jun-2020 – Barsha O Paribesh, a programme on Tagore’s message on environment. Prof Manabnendra Mukhopadhyay explained Tagore’s vision on the environment, while Sounak Chattopadhyay shared his message. Sumanto Chatterjee, Jayanta Ray and Arindrajit Saha read out from Tagore’s works, while the artistes included Sujoya Ray (UK), Debashis Raychaudhuri, Susmita Raychaudhuri, Rohini Raychaudhuri, Ritoja Chowdhury, Rajnath Das, Romil Majumdar, Kamalika Mukhopadhyay, Arun Gangopadhyay, Saikat Sekhareswar Ray

18-Jul-2020 – Celebrating the birth bi centenary of Akshyay Kumar Dutta – the speakers were Prof Barun Chattopadhyay & Arnab Nag. The discussion was moderated by Prof Sakti Sadhan Mukhopadhyay

08-Aug-2020 – Remembering the life and works of Lady Abala Basu. The speakers were Prof. Barun Chattopadhyay and Damayanti Dasgupta and the discussion was moderated by Prof Aparna Bandyopadhyay

27-Sep-2020 – Commemorating the 187th Death Anniversary of Raja Rammohun Roy – jointly with the Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust. Janine Marriott of the Arnos Vale Trust took us on a virtual walk to the chattri at Arnos Vale. The speakers were Rosinka Chaudhuri – Director – Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Prof. Suman Gupta – Subject Leader, Film and Media Bath Spa University and Alan Ruston – Lecturer, Speaker and Writer – Unitarian Association

02-Oct-2020 – A programme on Brahmasangeet – Musical expressions of a common quest through the ages. Concept, Script and Direction by Sharmila Roy Pommot. Artistes were primarily with a Shantiniketan connection. They were Pramita Mallick, Sarani Bose, Krishna Dutta, Anandvardhan, Ranjini Ramachandran, Romil Majumdar, Prakriti Mukhopadhyay, Ptayush Mukhopadhyay, Ritoja Chowdhury, Rajnath Das, Shreetoma Ray, Saibal Guha, Madhuja Chattoraj, Jayita Sengupta, Mahua Manjari Mahua Manjari Sunanda, narration by Sukalyan Chanda

30-Oct-2020 – Celebrating 133rd birth anniversary of Sukumar Ray. Noted artist and illustrator Debashis Deb spoke about Sukumar Ray – the artist, Sri Prasad Ranjan Ray – spoke about Sukumar’s contribution to the Sandesh magazine, while Arnab Nag spoke Sukumar’s organizational capabilities. 28-Nov-2020 – Celebrating 175th birth anniversary of Nagendranath Chattopadhyay. The speakers were Arnab Nag and Prof Tapati Sengupta. Arnab spoke about Nagendranath’s contribution to Brahmo Samaj, while Prof Tapati Sengupta discussed Nagendranath’s literary prowess


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