KALYANI, (C.M. Paul) — A parish group in Krishnagar diocese marked the year of faith with a unique musical venture. In collaboration with local ICYM (Indian Catholic Youth Movement) and Signis (Catholic Association for Communication) they held the first ever Gospel Night on Divine Mercy Sunday, 7th April.
The Gospel night at Don Bosco Parish Kalyani in Nadia district began with a solemn procession of the Bible accompanied by liturgical dance and an escort of some 60 children dressed in white dress as well as senior girls in their colourful sarees.
After the solemn installation of the Holy Bible on the stage, and reading of the Word of God (Is.55:6-11) Salesian Bishop Joseph Gomes of Krishnagar broke the Word of God.
“Your Word is a lamp for my steps and a light for my path,” the bishop said reminding some 1,000 people gathered for the event, on the power of the Word of God in their lives.
Well known musicians of the Zee Bangla popular show joined OHD (Our Holy Desire) Gospel Band leader Mr Avijit (Oli) Mondal from Kolkata for the Gospel Night. Lead singers Mandira Kar and Vivek Chakraborty enthralled the audience with their renderings in Hindi and Bengali.
The evening also featured the debut of two teenager artists both class VII students. While Miss Salomi Mondal, a student of Auxilium School Dum Dum sang “Love Lifted Me” with OHD Band, Master Happy Mondal of Julien Day School Kalyani played the guitar for KGB Band.
The anchors for the night were Miss Mou Das and Fr Robin Gomes SDB.
Earlier in the evening the ICYM’s own Kalyani Gospel Band (KGB) consisting of parish youth trained by Avijit Mondol took the stage and rocked the audience with their popular numbers in Bengali, Hindi and Sadri.