XIC presents a Tribute to Saint Teresa of Kolkata !
Xavier Institute of Communications (XIC) organised a tribute to our very own newest saint – TERESA of Kolkata on the 16th of September in the St Xavier’s College Hall.
Students of all faiths from XIC and from the College BMM class surely got inspired.
"If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” This quote by Mother Teresa inspired the theme for the programme: ‘Service to the poorest of the poor’.
Students of XIC hailing from Bengal / Kolkata showcased their multiple talents to put up this programme.
The presence of Sister Tracy, Superior, and Sister Vimal of the ‘Ashadaan’ home run by the Missionaries of Charity, Byculla, made St.Teresa alive for us. In her very touching speech, Sr. Vimal challenged our students to keep alive St Teresa’s spirit of reaching out to the poorest of the poor by being aware of these ‘poor’ in their very own classrooms and among their immediate friends and family. Understanding the limitations of students, she encouraged service in every small way possible, however insignificant.
Anchor Karishma Asoodani, lined up a programme interspersed with speeches, poems and every possible art to showcase the magnanimity and saintliness of Mother Teresa, now raised to SAINT TERESA.
A video of a powerful song sung by Kolkata’s favourite singer, Usha Uthup put the audience in the right mood and spirit. Then our very own XIC student, Adrija Sinha sang to the melody of ‘Come be my Light,’ while Priyanka Mullick mesmerised us by simultaneously painting, the profile of the face of St Teresa ‘live’, on stage!
An alumnus of XIC, Fr. Anthony Charanghat - currently the Parish Priest of R C Church, Colaba, and also the Editor of the national Catholic Magazine, ‘The Examiner’, spoke passionately of the amount of good work done world-wide by Mother Teresa, the controversies she had to bear up with, and of the ups and downs she experienced in her life-time.
Suchandra Banerjee and Kashmeera Sambamurty contributed further by their original compositions of emotional prose and poetry. The poetry was recited by Ritika Rampuria. Finally, how could XIC not produce a relevant video documentary in fond memory of Saint Teresa on an occasion like this? Inspite of time constraints, Soham Hazra, Somak Sarkar and Satarupa Bose presented a short but meaningful documentary on the pathway to Canonisation of Saint Teresa, for our reflection.
XIC staff, not to be outdone enacted a simple skit on humane service, making us believe that to be a saint, one need not do great things; instead, like St Teresa just perform small acts with great love !
As a gesture of solidarity with the selfless outreach of the Missionaries of Charity, XIC Dean handed over a cheque, with a big parcel of sweets for the children of Ashadaan.
The College Principal, Dr Aggie Menezes gifted them with a sizeable amount of useful gifts and stationery.
"HELP ONE PERSON AT A TIME AND ALWAYS START WITH THE PERSON NEAREST YOU! " – is the quote that will remind us at XIC, to meet each challenge daily, the St Teresa of Kolkata WAY.
- Inputs by Susanne Rodigues & Kashmeera Sambamurty, XIC Journalism students