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9th Annual Convocation of Spanish Study Centre

Posted on: June 10, 2012

Language can be a great cultural divider. But the students of Spanish Study Centre showed that with proper zeal & zest, a new wave of Spanish culture can easily penetrate and co-exist with our traditional Bengali art forms.

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The recent event where we witnessed such fusion of cultures was 9th Annual Convocation of Spanish Study Centre. The event’s surrounding conditions were not proper. The event was scheduled on 27th May, 2012. The day was a summer Sunday. It was the final of IPL (Indian Premier League for Cricket) and also the day for a Bengali festival (called Jamai Sasthi). These two happenings tried to eclipse the annual convocation but fortunately they couldn’t. The convocation became a grand success despite many odds.

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The programme was scheduled to start from 6 pm at Kalakunj (a famous cultural event spot of the city Kolkata). I was present at the spot from around 4.30 pm. At the entrance door, I met Bonodeep, a student of the institute. Later I met with other students of the institute like Kaushik, Mainak, Atasi, Ranju. We started gossiping about the whole event while another senior student, Mohua announced that the event would start shortly.

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The programme finally started with the traditional inaugural speech from Mr. Asesh Ray. The honorary director of Spanish Study Centre, professor Ray, highlighted the objective of learning Spanish among today’s youths. He reproached that many students learn Spanish not for the love of the language but for earning money from it. However, he supported the fact that in an era of unemployment, language learning may have a job related objective. Then Mr. Utpal Jha, Assistant Director of Information, Govt. of West Bengal delivered his speech. Being the Chief Guest of the programme, Mr. Jha did justice to his cultural association with language learning. He mentioned that knowing an extra language means to open a new window of knowledge and different culture. He said that in his childhood, he did not receive any opportunity to learn a new language like Spanish. He urged our generation to open new window of knowledge since we are getting an opportunity to learn such a nice thing.

Next speaker was Mr. Tarun Ghatak, an eminent professor of Jadavpur University and a well-known translator of Spanish Language. Guest-of-Honour for the programme, Mr. Ghatak, delivered his noteworthy speech with right mix ‘n’ match of Spanish culture, present language learning environment and a mild touch of humour.

After the speeches of the dignitaries, there was the session of Spanish poetry recitation. Students like Mainak, Bonodeep, Mohua, Dipannita recited their own translated forms from Spanish poems. All the translations were bi-lingual. Both Spanish poems and their English / Bengali forms were read. Students, namely, Kaustav, Kamal, Atasi and Bonodeep also performed the mesmerizing singing of a Spanish song.

After this cultural phase, the students of basic, intermediate and advanced course were awarded certificates by honourary guests. Institute’s student, Atasi Chatterjee, received a special gift for her academic brilliance.

The end part of the programme was superbly powered by a musical presentation. Mr. Soumyadipta Ray tried his level best to make the audience spellbound and curtain on the stage finally came down after listening to the unforgettable tunes of Spanish guitar.

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