Monday, March 03, 2008

RTI Listener Club Meet in Kolkata


Radio Taiwan International did it again! Once again RTI Listeners Club's meet was arranged at Senate 1 Hall of Peerless Inn at the heart of Kolkata on 24th February 2008 from 11 a.m. onwards. RTI Chairman Mr. Cheng Yu, Program host Mr. Carlson Wong and Senior staff Ms. Hsu Ling Yi arrived Kolkata the previous evening.

Kolkata did it again! Once again the listeners Club's meet at Kolkata became the most successful and most crowd-pulling event. Yes, among all the three places chosen for the listeners club's meet in India this time, Kolkata became the leader. 66 entry passes were issued but innumerable serious listeners did not get their passes. Telephone calls came from various corners: "Can we join the meet without the pass?" The organizers were embarrassed. Such decision was taken for Chennai and Delhi meets only. But Kolkata venue could not provide even more. Well, decision was taken 6-7 persons could join the meet without entry pass. But who will be those lucky few? A good many number of listeners started for Kolkata at dawn. Some of them came to Kolkata last night and took shelter to their relatives' houses. They started entering the venue from 10 a.m. (some eager listeners came at 9 a.m.!) However, Indian Postal System saved all. A good many listeners of those 66 did not receive their passes. However, 44 listeners came with the pass and 14 without pass.

This time the complete list of participants is given. Here they are:- Dipak Kr. Das, Mani Sankar , S.M. Zakir Hosain, Humayun Kabir, Sahidul Haque, Arati Majumdar, Shivendu Paul, Biswanath Mandal, Raju Majumder, Srikanta Nandi, Saifur Rahaman, Nasimul Haque, S.K. Chandra, Khokan Naskar, Gouranga Paira, Prosanta Chakraborty, Subir Basu, Chanchal Bhattacharya, Tanumoy Chakraborty, Subhasis Karmakar, Dipan Kr. Saha, Asraful Hoque, Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Nizamuddin Sk, Parvina Nasrin, Motiur Rahaman, Habibur Alam, Samim Akhtar, Matiur Rahaman, Pashupati Dey, Prasenjit Bhakat, Suvendu Show, Kamruddi Alam, Jagadish Bera, Amanul Islam, Rajdeep Das, Aspak Ahmed Chaudhury, Pranab Kr. Roy, Nasiruddin Ahmed, S.M.A. Sufian (Babu), habibur Rahaman, Rabi Shankar Basu, Mrityunjoy Bera, Swopan Chakraborty, Madhab Ch. Sagour, Jogesh Ch. Das, Nabendu Das, Md. Abizzar, Amitava Das, Hiranmoy Mandal, Bhudeb Sarkar, Suvendu Das, Foiej Kabir, Mina Chaudhury, Azizul Haque, Rajib Bandyopadhyay, Dipanjan Mukherjee and Pooshan Deb Mallick.

At about 11:45 a.m. the function began after registration. Mr. Carlson Wong announced the beginning of the meet. Then the chairman Mr. Cheng Yu gave the inaugural speech welcoming all. His speech was translated into English by Mr. Carlson Wong. Mr. Swopan Chakraborty, the president of RTI listeners club in Kolkata addressed the gathering next. He promised to extend his utmost effort to promote RTI. His main job was coordination and he promised to do this effectively as he did earlier. Then Rajib Bandyopadhyay was called to give a short speech. After that Mr. Swopan Chakraborty and Rajib Bandyopadhyay received a small gift from the Chairman as a token of the service rendered to RTI. Then the listeners gave their proposals and asked questions to the Chairman. Proposals came to strengthen the signal and to make New Delhi postbox more effective. The chairman assured them to do something fruitful. But regarding the Delhi postbox, he said, RTI gets voluntary support from Mr. Alokesh Gupta and it seems he is doing his best. Mr. Rabi Shankar Basu presented the Chairman a collage of photographs collected from skeds of RTI and other sources. Mr. Carlson Wong said it will be kept in the museum of RTI. Then a quiz session began and the participants showed their acquaintance with RTI.

From 1:30 to 2:15 everybody enjoyed the lunch heartily with Chinese and Indian dishes. In the post lunch session most memorable event was a Mandarin song sung by Mr. Chairman and Ms. Hsu Ling Yi. The lady greeted the audience in broken Bengali (Shubhechha Roilo). RTI caps were distributed to all and after the photo session the meeting came to an happy end with the message to meet again.

One final note:- Swopan Chakraborty did it again. Once again he was elected unanimously the President of RTI listeners club in Kolkata.


Sincerely Yours,

Rajib Bandyopadhyay.

Howrah, WB, India


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