Cultural get-together at ANA

Port Blair
17 Apr 2017

To celebrate the Bengali New Year 1424, a delegation of West Bengal branch of the PEN (poets, playwrights, editors, essayists, novelists) – an International Organization of Letters, organized a literary get-together at Port Blair in association with local cultural organizations namely Baakprotima and Aditya Natya Academy (ANA) on Sunday in the premises of Aditya Natya Academy at Middle Point here.  The function was presided over by Mr Ranjan Gupta, vice president, PEN (WB branch) while Mr Nishith Roychowdhury was the chief guest on the occasion.
In his presidential address, Mr Ranjan Gupta mentioned that they reared a dream of having a cultural inter-exchange with the Port Blairian Bengalees while visiting Cellular Jail, which is considered as a pilgrimage to them.  The very dream at last has come true in their lives on this particular day. Mr Nishith Roychowdhury dwelt upon the important dates pertaining to the kalapani-convicts and construction of Cellular Jail  vis-a-vis the revolutionary activities undertaken by the freedom-fighters of India in general and Bengal in particular.  A number of members of all the three organizations presented self-composed poems, songs and poetry recital on this occasion.
Earlier, Mr Anadi Ranjan Bhattacharjee, general secretary, Aditya Natya Academy welcomed the gathering. Mr Anadiranjan Biswas, editor, Baakprotima and News Spotlight proposed the vote of thanks while Sugata Choudhuri, executive secretary, PEN, West Bengal branch coordinated the event.