In Memory of Asok Bandyopadhyay - Novemeber 2011
As it appeared on November 14, 2011
Minutes of the meeting
A well-attended event, many new faces
belonging to age group 20-30 were noticed in the audience.
A group of member of Canning Juktibadi Sanaskritic Sanstha
Audience got involved spontaneously
throwing questions to the dais; interaction lasted for
Ratneswar Bhattacharyya remained very comfortable through
out, navigating between data and events, citing examples
of China where he witnessed unique style adopted by them
in providing basic literacy. He gave the sad state of
affairs of literacy in the districts of WB which raised
controversial point "without basic literacy, science
cannot reach the people and vice versa, even the basic
health/sanitation issues are by and large ignored by the
village folks, who ridicule the fellow villagers for using
the newly built toilets". This provoked some vintage
doctors having adequate exposures to the people, writing
science based articles for little magazines.
Some old friends and acquaintances of
Asok came over and remained fixed on their seats till the
We kept Asok's photograph, sitting in a
relaxed mood, on a chair at a place visible from all
We played a recording of Asok's golden
voice captured by Gautam Rudra of Hatibagan "Chetana".
Some peoople got moved by it and asked for the
availability of the recording on a CD. We took a decision
to publish this recording as "Asok Bandyopadhyay on
Ajana Andaman and Bipponno Paribesh" on
a CD in collaboration with Chetana.
We spoke with a few stalwarts seeking
their opinion about the entire programme and got very
A number of CDs, Sunderbaner Saap, and
a number of copies of old issues and books published by
Utsamanush were sold.
Many people felt that Utsamanush is
still vibrant and keeping its tradition alive.