Saibal & Anita Guha’s Golden Anniversary Celebration, Kolkata 2017
Sachi G. Dastidar
It is not every day that one attends a 50th anniversary of a couple’s marriage. Thus when I was invited to attend Anita and Saibal Guha’s 50th anniversary in Kolkata (Calcutta) on December 29, 2016 I immediately looked for a ticket to Kolkata that brought me to the city a day before. Their son Dhruba called from India to give us the good news. They arranged for the reception to be held in Calcutta’s iconic colonial-era five-star Grand Hotel located in the city’s commercial hub called Esplanade on Chowranghee Road.
The event started at 7 PM in the evening with a program moderated by Dhruba’s wife Bibha. Songs, dances, skits and short story-telling comprised of cultural acts. Dhruba and his family living in Gurgaon near Delhi in northern India performed Bengali songs, duets and dance. Dhruba’s younger brother, Anita & Saibal’s son Raja, his wife Bidisha and children who live in London, England sang songs, played guitar and danced with Bengali songs. There were many other friends and family members who either performed or reminisced about their long association with Guhas.
The cultural program was followed by a fancy Bengali dinner followed by Bengali sweets, then Bengal tea, and cake cutting.
Here are a few pictures from that event:
Grand Hotel in Distance