LILUAH, (C.M. Paul) – In an unprecedented mark of respect, a civic body in Howrah district honoured Don Bosco School Liluah for its outstanding services rendered to local community during the past 75 years. On the occasion of the school’s platinum jubilee, BallyMunicipality in Howrah ceded a traffic island to Don Bosco Liluah Alumni Association on 6th December. Earlier, in 2006 Kolkata Corporation had leased a Traffic Circle in Park Circus to Don Bosco Kolkata to mark centenary of the arrival of the Salesians in India.
The week-long platinum jubilee celebrations which commenced on Saturday 1st December 2012 is scheduled to end on Saturday 8th December.
The traffic island situated on Matwala Chowrastha in front of Liluah Railway Station stands between two Don Bosco Institutions on opposite directions, namely Don Bosco Liluah and Don Bosco Mirapara.
The alumni association plans to honour its patron Don Bosco with a garden, fountain and statue.
Meanwhile the 8-day celebrations started off with the blessing and unveiling of a statue of Don Bosco in front of school auditorium, and the inauguration of a basketball court and children’s park. It was followed by national debate: Our education system has failed the nation.”
Second day celebrations presided over by Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta was for the parishioners of St John Bosco parish Liluah.
Third day reach out programme for 1,000 (one thousand) destitutes of the area who were fed and given winter kits including blankets had the Missionaries of Charity head Sr Prema as chief guest. The cultural programme showcased Night School and Adult Education students as well as guest performer Mr Francis Lepcha.
Fourth day had day-long InterSalesianSchool meet with various competitions and quiz with Mr Barry O’Brien. The evening had DJ Prab & Saheb (London) & DJ Supreet.
The inter school competitions continued on fifth day and ended with performance by Bickram Ghosh and his Rhythmscape band.
Junior school day marked sixth day celebrations with a musical on the life and philosophy of Don Bosco and Rabindranath Tagore, a laser show on the Don Bosco Liluah saga. The day concluded with pop artist Usha Uthup drawing a crowd of about 10, 000 (ten thousand) people.
Senior & TechnicalSchool day on 7th December will show case both the musical “A journey to freedom” as well as the show by Laser Show India, Bangalore, and performance by pop artist Ravi Shukla.
The reunion and grand finale on 8th December has Dr Kiss-RigoLaszlo, Bishop of Szeged-Csanad, Hungary, who studied at DonBosco Liluah in his teens presiding at the Eucharist. Besides day long interactive sessions “Past Meets Present”: reunion of the Salesians, staff and alumni of DBL, as well as performance by Shillong Chamber Choir.