"Nibhrittey Rekhechi Aapon Gaan" Photo Exhibition Celebrates Gracefulness of Ageing

Lopamudra Mitra, Nirmala Mishra, Sushil Chattopadhyay and Apratim Mukhopadhayay
Lopamudra Mitra, Nirmala Mishra, Sushil Chattopadhyay, Apratim Mukhopadhayay and others

Kolkata, Feb 28, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): Nibhritey Rekhechhi Apon Gan is a unique endeavor to celebrate old age. Most of us are keen to celebrate youth and focus on youth centric festivals. However this exhibition which has been conceptualized by ‘Aarshi India’ is an exhibition with a difference. This concept has been given form by three creative personalities - Mrs. Gopa Gupta, Mr. Apratim Mukhopadhayay and Mr. Abhijit Chakraborty. The exhibition was inaugurated on the 22nd of February and continued till the 26th at the Central Gallery of Academy of Fine Arts.

Lopamudra Mitra, Srikanta Acharya and Apratim Mukhopadhyay
Lopamudra Mitra, Srikanta Acharya, Apratim Mukhopadhyay and others

The main idea behind organizing this exhibition is to focus on the world of old people. Many of us are not aware of the fact that even the old people have a world of their own. His realizations, loses, gains, nostalgia about things in the past all are the inspirational elements behind the starting of this exhibition. Often the old people become detached from the younger generation as they feel that they have no place in their world. With this innovative exhibition, the organizers intend to break this barrier and create a bridge between the younger and the older generations.

Sushil Kumar Chattopadhyay (Nokubabu)
Sushil Kumar Chattopadhyay (Nokubabu)

Mr. Sushil Kumar Chattopadhyay is often referred to as Noku Babu by many is a nonagenarian. His passion and zest for life in unmatched and even many youths of today will lag behind his zeal. In the previous year an exhibition was organized by Aarshi India called “Smritighorer Batiwala”. The exhibition focused on the blend of love, relationships, passion and pain in the life of Mr. Sushil Kumar Chattopadhyay.

Present at the inauguration day of the exhibition, Mr. Sushil Chattopadhyay shed light on some aspects of the exhibition. He feels that there is a growing rift between the older and the younger generations. Many young people feel that the things that the older generation treasures are useless like the old people. This attitude has to be changed. He laid stress on the fact that one must know about the past to build a good present and make way for an even better future. This is the reason why many other countries are laying stress on the preservation of older elements and customs. He felt saddened at the fact that it is only in India that there is no importance given to the treasures collected by old people.

Mr.Apratim Mukhopadhayay who is one of the creative minds behind the exhibition shed light on the three tier purpose of the exhibition. The first objective is to highlight the “never say die” attitude of Noku Babu which will inspire many youths also. The second objective is the celebration of old age. The third and one of the most important objectives is to preserve the artefacts which has been collected by Sushil Chattopadhyay over the years. They are a treasure in themselves.

This exhibition presented by Aarshi India was inaugurated by Lopamudra Mitra, Nirmala Mishra, Srikanta Acharya and other important personalities. They wished that this exhibition will be an eye opener for many individual  and will help them to understand the value of aged people in the society and family.

Aarshi India presents Nibhrittey Rekhechi Aapon Gaan - A Photo Exhibition

Reporting by Priyanka Dutta (newsdesk.kolkata@washingtonbanglaradio.com)