Yesterday attended an exhibition, it comprised collections of various hobbies, autographs, stamps and coins. The contributors were Rinky Bhattacharya, Pradip Roy Chowdhury, Shivaji Sanyal, Ratan Bhattacharjee, Rudra Mandal and Shruti Basu Ghosh. Duration was for three hours, from 5.00 to 8.00 in the evening, but interest among the audience overshot the scheduled time, I returned home at around 11.00 pm. This short- timing is appropriate for me, going by the place I live in and the distance from the venue of Milon Mancha.
Among the items on display that most attracted me was the autograph section, contributor was Shivaji sanyal. Here is a versatile man–he was and, is an actor in his sixties –did the role of homeo doctor in PIKU cinema alongside Amitava Bachhan among the countless he did so far. After he retired as a senior officer in a multinational company, he engages himself as an actor, poet, writer, model, anchor, a great speaker. When he speaks , you will be glued to your seat until he finishes.
Then I must mention the name of Sri Ratan Bannerjee. He has a collection of 5000 stamps, only a few he displays here today with assurance to come up more elaborately next. I have a great respect for him. Even at this age of 60 + he has a great zeal for this hobby. You will understand his commitment to his hobby when he explains what his stamp is particularly about and how he collected those stamps originally. I adore his kind of zeal; about me, forget my doing the same at this age , I could not do it when I was young in my school and college days when people learn to lay the foundations for life and naturally most productive.
I must mention the name of Sruti Basu Ghosh and her knowledgeable young husband. They displayed their collection of autographs and old coins. What is remarkable about this outstanding lady is that she in the course of her collection of autographs, contacted SATYAJIT ROY. She requested him to give her a autograph to which he complied by sending one with a forwarding letter composed in a poem, which is displayed above. I liked it very much and it impressed me. As many of us know that handwriting carries a stamp of personality of a human being, I noticed the same in Satyajit Ray’s writing to her. The letters are equally inclined to the right, and there is equal gaps between lines written, there is a great evenness in his writing not usually we see around.
There were a few others. Here, I must mention Milon Mancha stands upon two great pillars who are holding aloft it, they are Rudra mondal and Sharmista. Day in day out, they are pursuing one or other cultural activities in Mumbai and outside, and scores of people enjoy the fruit without having any personal contribution of theirs. This is a platform where many great personalities come and perform to whom we come in contact and mingle, which otherwise we can not think of. For example today SAMIR MANDAL , a painter of repute attended, shared his experience. Among his many students ex-Prime Minister, V. P. Sing was one. Padma Bhusan awardee and ex-Chairman of Sangeet natak academy , Sri Shekhar dasgupta.., often comes to MM and display is fireworks. Ratan Krishna saha, a member of this MM, has been awarded the prestigious national academy award by president of India. Could I ever make access to these great personalities without MM, Never, never. Long live Milon Mancha!!!!.
Last and by no means least that while there are many who made big in the various discipline of art today, there are many more others who are/were not so big. There are still others who took tips from the big and accomplished , to make name for themselves later. Milon Mancha welcomes any willing like minded people who enjoys cultural activities, whether he is a Bengalee or not.