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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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Kobita / Poem : Aashche Naa

Poet: Biswajit Ganguly

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Book written on Book Fair

Book fairs are one of the well organized cultural events that people across the globe love to visit and enjoy. Not only book lovers, but great artists, journalists, publishers, critiques, photographers show their ardent love and interest for this fair.

The happening of these book fairs is very common. Each of them is held  at one particular city like place on a particular time of the year. All the cultural people meet together, several cultural mini-events take place at one time. Some new books are published, authors participate in some live interviews and debates. When one book fair ends, some anonymous bloggers and few well known reporters prepare reports on that. Bloggers tell their experiences about the book fair on their blog and journalists try to do their news coverage on the book fair. You and me newspapers. We surf internet to read blogs on book fair. Then we forget eveything!

Is this the way to document mega events like book fairs? It is problematic to gather information for book fairs like London Book Fair, Cairo Book Fair, Kolkata International Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair, Miami Book fair from various blogs, reports, unless they don’t come together in the form of a book.

I have taken my personal initiative to collect my personal experiences from this year’s Kolkata International book fair. I have also included some generic topics that touch the heart of every book lover. And I have combined my personal writings and reference docs in the form of a book. Yes, you got it right. A book written on book fair! The book is titled as “Kolkata Book Fair : Cultural Unity in Diversity of Life”

Since, my objective is to spread the humankind’s love for the book world, I have made the digital edition for this book free to download. For your convenience, here is the download link:

http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/kolkata-book-fair-cultural-unity-in-diversity-of-life/10491989

You are free to mention about this book in your blog, essays, reviews. You can also forward this book download link to your friends. You are welcome to criticize my book. But don’t criticize for the sake of criticism. Criticize only for the sake of my improvement in writing such that I can write better books for you. Hope my book will be enjoyable by you and it would match the euphoria that you personally experience at book fair.