5th October, 2016 | Place : Nazrul Manch, Belghoria, Kolkata
It was a celebration of RICE tradition to welcome Ma Durga in its signature style. Inviting the Goddess to descend plentifully on earth and dispel the darkness from every corner, spreading enlightenment and making every existence well worth.
The conventional lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest Prof. Dr. N.L. Mitra-Chancellor, KIIT University along with Sri Samit Ray-Chairman, RICE Group & Chancellor, Adamas University marked the beginning of this auspicious occasion, setting a perfect tone for the entire day.
The event that kicked off with a Welcome Dance by female employees of RICE Group, started the ball rolling. A whole host of cultural items including plays and dance dramas were in store for the audience which were conceived and presented by the staff of the Group. To judge these performances, a 3-member jury comprising eminent theater and television personalities like Ms. Anasuya Majumdar, Mr. Partha Sarathi Bhattacharya & Mr. Rajarshi Mukherjee was also present who evaluated each of the presentations.
Saat Phanke Badha – the curtain raiser play by Adamas University (AU) team was a comical depiction of 2 pairs of strangers who chanced upon each other, eventually finding soul mates in each other. Adamas International School (AIS) took everyone by surprise with their presentation Amono Ki Hoy which dwelled in the past lives of the characters, carrying an element of supernatural. A popular drama Dampati written by famous playwright Manoj Mitra was brilliantly presented by RICE-Admin team through its impeccable performance by each character enabling vivid portrayal of the concept and relevance of marriage and the deep-rooted tie between married couples that lasts a lifetime. Sowda was the next play by RICE-Sealdah team which was followed by a hilarious presentation – Bhuter Bhavishyat by RICE-Teachers team which dealt with the present day residing problems faced by spirits. Next was a dance drama – Uttaran by Adamas World School (AWS) that immaculately depicted the triumph of good over evil after overcoming several obstacles. Ami Madan Bolchi by Adamas Institute of Technology was primarily a monologue of a domestic help that artistically tried to illustrate his predicaments and sometimes bizarre experiences of working in various households. The final presentation was the play Sundar by Haute Street team which found beauty in every living creature, beyond tangible appeal.
The program drew to a close with the announcement of the individual winners and the winning teams by the judges. The Best Performance (Male) was won by Mr. Sanjib Hari while Best Performance (Female) saw a dual winner with a photo finish that was bagged by Ms. Moushumi Banerjee & Ms. Rageshree Ghosh. While the teams that won in order of performances were; 1st – AIS , 2nd – AWS, 3rd – RICE Admin, 4th – RICE Teachers, 5th – AU.
Welcoming the good and destroying the evil – well demonstrated and celebrated, indeed.