Tuesday, March 28, 2023

The Milanee through 110 years: From anonymity to cultural edifice


Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, Feb 4: “A few Bengali theatre enthusiasts, In a bid to whet their dramatic appetite, started their pursuit from a small quarter in an effort to lift this chapter of performing media from anonymity. The Dramatic Club was formed. Through 110 years and several generations, The Dramatic Club transformed into a huge Banyan tree, The Milanee that continues to nurture theatre and the other several segments of the performing media,” said Club President Shekhar Dey while inaugurating the 110th Foundation Day celebrations at The Milanee on Saturday, February 4.

The Milanee President observed, “It will be our effort to ensure that The Milanee attains more height as a cultural entity. As a dramatic institution, The Milanee has etched an affectionate place in the hearts of citizens. But we cannot sit over this laurel. Team Milanee will make relentless efforts to make it glitter among the national and international platforms.”

On the occasion of reaching 110 years, several cultural events were organized to mark this day as memorable. The two-phase celebrations included paying homage to founder members and those who relentlessly pursued to take The Milanee to higher pedestals of theatre glory. Team Nivedita and Sur Sangam groups of The Milanee cut the 110th Birthday cake that was greeted with boisterous cheer. Phase two commenced in the evening with star singer from Kolkata, Aditi Chakraborty regaling the full-house auditorium with a mix of old and new songs that has continued to reign on the hearts of generations of music lovers. Aditi rendered the songs of legendary singers and composers like her Guru Jatileshwar Mukhopadhyay, Alpana Banerjee (Ekta Gaan Lekho Amar Jonno) and Lata Mangeshkar. The resounding response to her performance said it all. Aditi Chakraborty had won over Jamshedpur in her very first visit to Jamshedpur. Aditi was moved as she narrated her first rendezvous with city music lovers. “When I was invited to perform in Jamshedpur, I asked if the people of the city were music lovers. They assured me that the citizens ranged from connoisseurs to music fanatics. But the moment I met and noticed them, I was overjoyed. I will be here to perform again and again.”

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