KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – The Honorary Consulate of Republic of Macedonia, the country of her birth honoured Noble Laureate Mother Teresa on her 101st birthday with an-hour long pageant on 26th August 2011 at Kala Mandir.
Born to Nikolle and Trana Bojaxhiue on 26th August 1910 in Uskub, Ottoman Empire (now Skopje, Capital of the Republic of Macedonia), Mother Teresa considered 27th August as the day she was baptized, to be her true birth date. At the age of 18 she left her parental home inSkopjeand joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India
“Since the time I took up this honorary post, I have been waiting to do something meaningful for the city,”said Sakshi Agarwal the Honorary Consulate General of Macedonia in Kolkata.
“Mother has been my inspiration since childhood and I am deeply honored that I could pay my homage to her in my own humble way,” added Mrs Agarwal an entrepreneur in her own right and a young mother herself.
Agarwal plans “to work with the underprivileged in the city throughout my tenure as the Honorary Consulate General of Macedonia.”
The cultural program started with a floral tribute to Mother by the honorable Mayor of Kolkata Sri Shovan Chatterjee, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity Sister Prema came with her Sisters, children and adults from Mother Teresa homes Prem Dan and Shanti Dan.
Sister Prema shared her fond memories of Mother Teresa with the audience. Speaking on the occasion she recalled how Mother Teresa was involved in her service to mankind and how she wanted to spread her love.
Mr Chatterjee, 27 years Councilor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, was the Chief Guest. He addressed the crowd and shared his experience about his association with Missionaries of Charity. He welcomed the offer of the Macedonia government offer to gift Kolkata with a life size statue of Mother Teresa and assured to install the same in a fitting spot in the city.
Present at the occasion were the president of Signis-India (Catholic Association for Radio, TV and Cinema) Mr Sunil Lucas as well as the founder director of Mother Teresa International Film Festival Fr. C. M. Paul.
The Musical medley performed by the children of Missionaries of Charity, captivated the audience. It depicted Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu’s journey from Macedonia to Kolkata as a young girl to become the well known blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
The Indo-Macedonian Cultural program laced with lively movements and melodious music helped bridge the bond between two countries.