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Jesuit school helps students celebrate roots
Students immerse themselves in local cultureJesuit Father Sebastian James with a teacher and participants of the audio album
- Julian Das, Kolkata
- February 7, 2012
â€śMost people think there is no scope for nurturing cultural traditions in Church-run English schools and we wanted to break this myth,â€ť said Fr James, adding that â€ś60 percent of the students now belong to the group.â€ť
The schoolâ€™s most famous alumnus is the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The students and teachers recently paid tribute to him by bringing out an album entitled â€śXavier's to Tagore: Muktapushpa (Gemflower).â€ť
â€śWe wanted to give something back to our celebrated alumnus on the 150th anniversary of his birth, by singing some of the songs he had written,â€ť Fr James said.Â â€śExactly 100 years ago, in his autobiography Jivan Smitri, Tagore reminisced on his days at the school. So it is fitting that the present students should honor the poet with this album.â€ť
â€śIt is part of a larger project to help students cherish their culture and literature, through music, art, recital, poetry and one act plays.â€ť
The album, released on February 2, is being marketed by one of Kolkataâ€™s leading audio production and marketing firms. Students from grades four to 12 performed on it. Eighth grade student Aditya Bhattacharya said:Â â€śwe are not professionals, so we had to work hard to get the renditions as perfect as we could.â€ť
Sudha Jaiswal, the teacher who coordinated the project, said it was a wonderful opportunity to pay homage to their renowned former student.
â€śThrough the album, which contains 10 songs and six of Tagore's most famous poems, we tried to pay an adequate tribute to the great poet, author, dramatist, actor, novelist and short story writer,â€ť she said.
The Bengali Club, set up four years ago, organizes day-long cultural festivals that include literary, music and dance competitions.Â â€śLast year, students from 15 schools participated in the festival,â€ť saidÂ Fr James.
â€śOur students should be proud of being Bengalis and our little efforts to inculcate these values are slowly working wonders.â€ť
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