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The making of an Event


By Prabal Atreya, Bangalore

About a month back, a bunch of young minds, gathered to discuss the possibility of an event. These minds were all in unison, knew the importance of having a social life. They also understood for a fact that we can’t wait till everything’s hunky dory. And we would socialize when we get ourselves a swanky car, a 3-BHK, crack the CAT, so on and so forth. Because, they felt, by the time it happens, we would have lost many of the precious things and moments. But considering the challenges B’lore has, in terms of getting everyone under one roof, this appeared to be a mammoth task. So, this team set out with a single objective to have everyone in one platform, believing if this could be possible, we can get into finer things as the time goes.

Each one went with an assigned task along with a deadline. In due course of time, some of us met expections; some of us did fail too. The targets were revised and the cycle continued. The young India that we belong, working for large corporate houses, have a myth around in running a show with lots of corporate fundas. While the truth is, there is a thin line between management techniques and social etiquettes that we have to work around, in order to ensure a social event of this scale and magnitude. We decided to take care of both with utmost sincerity.

There are so many brilliant people, great minds and enthusiasts in B’lore, was visible in all those who worked their schedule differently in order to make this event possible. We did not have a President or Secretary to begin with, but had worked out assignments that could possibly be done by each one among us. Mrinal and his wife Sangeeta, probably, the finest couple around, worked out like anything. Mrinal had a tough role to play considering his experience. But he ensured that he spends time with his better half during weekends, taking her along with him anywhere and everywhere, meeting both the targets successfully. He showed us a way that there actually is a way to do things and keep everything balanced. Raghav was another soul whose rich experience was vital for us; he’s one guy who got us the finest venue available; the banner that everyone was talking about and most importantly, with his valuable inputs. The ever-smiling Pannalal who always took up anything that came his way. Sharbendra (Tinku) was critical to lot of plannings, had to go home due to personal commitments but he surprised all by being there well before the event. My heart goes out to Swapan, without him, this event could not have been what it is. He’s one guy, who was engaged in resource allocation, led the cultural events from the front. There’s Fulendra Sinha from R.T.Nagar, who jumped into action after hearing the event, carried to spread the word, and funds collection in his ever growing area. If there’s one place to be christened as Bishnupur in B’lore, it has to be R.T.Nagar with the vast population of Bishnupriya Manipuri staying there. Bijoy, in spite of his just-married status, and his professional commitments, ensured he promotes the event and drives his wife, Madhavi for a dance practice for the event. There’s Jugnath who gave special inputs for the event, we missed him during the final because of his professional commitments. There is Ramakanta (Bhanu) who joined us soon after his personal commitments and covered up for the lost time during the most important hours. And lastly, there’s Debashishda, who’s instrumental in everyway, with his vast experience helping us in making things better.

Operationally speaking, if there’s one hand who needs applaud is, Sushanta. He was never there in the picture initially, but he initiated, took the charge; it reflects his attitude. He was critical almost everywhere during the final days. Then, there’s Amit and Jiten, who worked tirelessly during the final days. We missed one guy though, Abhijit, who’s on a professional trip to US, he surely would have added a lot of value; but his absence was filled in by his sister Robita. Little does she knows that the badges she prepared were liked by one and all. There are people who initiated on their own, who do not need reminders. There’s Sharmistha who started off the preps for a cultural event, got a team of her own with Madhavi, Lovely and Bimola giving company to her. There’s Sharmila, along with her sisters, Gautomi and Sananda, jumped into action during the final days and came out with such a brilliant performance. Highly appreciate their efforts, considering the time they took to get ready. The last night before the event was very critical. Sushanta and Amit were instrumental in getting the resources in place and slogging their way out till the wee hours in the morning and again turn up at 6.30am on the D-Day. Jeetendra, Neelkanto Chatterjee, Vishal, Robindra, Santosh, Shankanto, Tinku, Panna, Swapan, Shila Sinha were all involved on the final day. Then there are people like Rohijit who quietly come and do their bit by simply doing a Shevari act during the Bandara. That’s speaks volume of one’s character. It feels great when a Sharmila walks up to you and says- you should have involved us with certain responsibilities. Goes on to show that we have people with great attitudes, but we just had some communication gap here in B’lore. The event was successful in many ways than one. There’s a brother-sister who got to see each other after a good couple of years. We could also witness the some talented, good-looking Bishnupriya Manipuri males and females, all heavyweights with their CV.

Honestly, these names are worth a mention, which is the whole intention. Because all of these names come into my League Extraordinaire. We can’t be hidden into a smooth dress code and a corporate visiting card, while the truth is you’re slogging it out by just being an ordinary person. Unlike this lot, this has the potential, which consider and play around the given surface and gives their best. Because they initiate, participate, suggest, take feedback and are willing to make a change. All of them are rockstars if you know what that means.

A salute to all of them.

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