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  Programmes & Activities in the Financial Year of 2017-2018


Celebration of World Environment Day (05/06/2017).

Raising awareness regarding the immense amount of damage caused by mankind to the environment and its preservation is one of the major issues in the world today. Global warming due to indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources by humans and destroying the environment by sheer callousness has led to innumerable natural calamities in the recent past.

Celebration of 156th Birthday of Rabindranath Tagore (09/05/2017).

The 156th Birthday of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was celebrated in a unique and befitting manner on May 9, 2017 at the premises of the Sangrahalaya. On the occasion of the celebration two competitions one of essay and another of Rabindra Sangeet had been arranged for the students of the local schools aged between 10 and 18. There were two groups for each of the two competitions.

Commemoration of the Centenary of Champaran Satyagraha and Inauguration of the Newly Renovated Portion of the Galleries of Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Barrackpore (18/04/2017).

The Champaran Satyagraha that took place in 1917, in Champaran district of Bihar, was the first Satyagraha Movement initiated by Gandhiji, after his return from South Africa to India, against the atrocities of British indigo planters on the Indians. The Centenary of the Champaran Satyagraha falls this year 2017 in April. Further the renovation of the first phase of work of the two galleries of the Sangrahalaya has been completed with new modes of display combined with audio-visual aids. In order to commemorate the Centenary of the Champaran Satyagraha as well as celebrate the inauguration of the newly renovated portion of the galleries a programme was organized by the Sangrahalaya at its premises on April 18, 2017.

Group Visits:

Twenty five (25) students of the Department of History, Raiganj University visited the Sangrahalaya.

• Twenty five (25) students of the Department of History, Raiganj University visited the Sangrahalaya along with Associate Professor Brajendranath Gui on May 05, 2017. On seeing the display he commented, “Very Good and enriched. Students and researchers will collect knowledge from the Museum and Library.”


Forty- nine (49) students of Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission, Barrackpore visited the Sangrahalaya for an educational excursion on July 18, 2017.

• Forty- nine (49) students of Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission, Barrackpore visited the Sangrahalaya for an educational excursion on July 18, 2017. They were provided with a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya and shown the documentary titled Role of Barrackpore in the Freedom Movement of India. On seeing the display of the Sangrahalaya one of the teachers Shri Arun Kumar Modal commented, “Good.”


Sixty six (66) students of classes VII and IX of Gopal Govinda Academy, Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission, Barrackpore visited the Sangrahalaya, on July 15, 2017.

• Sixty six (66) students of classes VII and IX of Gopal Govinda Academy, Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission, Barrackpore visited the Sangrahalaya, on July 15, 2017 along with four of their teachers. They were provided with a detailed guided tour of the galleries and shown the documentary titled Role of Barrackpore in the Freedom Movement of India.


Students of classes V, VII and X of Gopal Govinda Academy, Ramkrishna Vivekananda Mission, Barrackpore, visited the Sangrahalaya visited on July 14, 2017 in two batches of sixty (60) and thirty (32) respectively.

• Students of classes V, VII and X of Gopal Govinda Academy, Ramkrishna Vivekananda Mission, Barrackpore, visited the Sangrahalaya visited on July 14, 2017 in two batches of sixty (60) and thirty (32) respectively along with three of their teachers for an educational visit. They were provided with a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya and shown the documentary titled Role of Barrackpore in the Freedom Movement of India. On seeing the display of the Sangrahalaya one of the teachers Shri Nabojit Saha commented, “Wonderful!” while another teacher Smt. Subhra Chaudhuri commented, “Excellent!”


Students from two sections each, of class VIII belonging to Nivedita Vidyapith, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Ashram, Barrackpore visited the Sangrahalaya on July 4 (43 students) and July 8 (38 students), 2017.

• Students from two sections each, of class VIII belonging to Nivedita Vidyapith, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Ashram, Barrackpore visited the Sangrahalaya on July 4 (43 students) and July 8 (38 students), 2017 along with their teacher Smt. Tulika Majumdar. They were provided with a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya and shown the documentary titled Role of Barrackpore in the Freedom Movement of India. On seeing the display their teacher Smt. Majumdar commented, “Wonderful historical experience!”


Students of Future Hope School, Rowland Road, Kolkata came to visit the Sangrahalaya in two batches of Sixteen (16) and Twelve (12) on July 11, 2017 and July 14, 2017 respectively.

• Students of Future Hope School, Rowland Road, Kolkata came to visit the Sangrahalaya in two batches of Sixteen (16) and Twelve (12) on July 11, 2017 and July 14, 2017 respectively with their teachers on for an educational tour. They were provided with a guided tour of the galleries. One of their teachers commented, “Very Good!” on seeing the display of the Sangrahalaya while another teacher Mrs. Hattie Crane commented, “Wonderful! Thank you for having us to visit.”


Special Visits:

Shri Pijuskanti Goswami, SDO, Barrackpore Subdivision visited the Sangrahalaya with his family on July 9, 2017.

• Shri Pijuskanti Goswami, SDO, Barrackpore Subdivision visited the Sangrahalaya with his family on July 9, 2017. He was provided with a detailed guided tour of the Museum. Regarding the display of the Sangrahalaya he commented, “Excellent opportunity for me to visit here.”


Brigadier R.P. Singh of 15 Rajasthan Rifles visited the Sangrahalaya with a few of his officers on June 13, 2017..

• Brigadier R.P. Singh of 15 Rajasthan Rifles visited the Sangrahalaya with a few of his officers on June 13, 2017. He was provided with a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya. On seeing the display he commented, “Thanks for the kind providing kind insight into historical perspective of the Mahatma. An extremely well maintained Museum and Gallery,”.


  Programmes & Activities in the Financial Year of 2016-2017


Organization of Panel Discussion on Relevance of Gandhian Thought in Emerging Trends of Modern Journalism at Press Club, Kolkata (21/03/2017)

A Panel Discussion on the theme ‘Relevance of Gandhian Thought in Emerging Trends of Modern Journalism’ at Press Club, Kolkata by the Sangrahalaya on March 21, 2017, 2pm onwards. The eminent speakers in the discussion included Padmashree Barun Majumder (Senior Journalist, All India Radio), Shri Sukharanjan Sengupta (Former Correspondent, Ananda Bazar Patrika) and Shri Snehasis Sur, (Chief Reporter, DD-News, Kolkata). The discussion was chaired by Shri Narayan Basu, Chairman, Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Barrackpore while the Welcome Address was delivered by Shri Pratik Ghosh, Director-Secretary of the Sangrahalaya.

Organization of Special Lecture on Gandhijir Sikshachintar Pariprekshite Bartaman Siksha Byabasthhar Mulyayan (28/02/2017).

The Sangrahalaya organized a special lecture on the topic “Gandhijir Sikshachintar Pariprekshite Bartaman Siksha Byabasthhar Mulyayan” (evaluation of the present education system in light of Gandhiji’s educational thought) on February 28, 2017 at its premises. The participants included 60 students and teachers of Ashok –Nilay Nivedita College of Education, Ullon, Ramlochanpur, South 24 Parganas. The Welcome address was delivered by Shri Pratik Ghosh, Director- Secretary, Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Barrackpore. Two eminent speakers were invited to deliver their valuable opinion on the theme of the lecture. They were Professor Ashok Kumar Mukhopadhyay, former Subhash Chandra Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Calcutta and Shri Swapan Kumar Chakraborty, Headmaster, Bhadrapara Gilarchhat High School, Raidighi, South 24 Parganas. Professor Mukhopadhyay, in his lecture stressed on the utility of Gandhiji’s idea of Nai Talim and Sarvodaya (welfare for all) whereas Shri Chakraborty emphasized on the significance of value education which was given so much importance by Gandhiji, for an ideal life. Finally, at the end of the lecture there was a panel discussion between the speakers and the participants where relevant questions based on the theme of the lecture were raised by the participants and answered by the speakers. The participants were provided a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya and shown the documentary titled Role of Barrackpore in the Freedom Movement of India after the lecture got over.

Symposium on Biographical Museums in Promoting Economic Sustainability (11/02/2017)

A symposium on Biographical Museums in promoting Economic Sustainability was organized by Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Barrackpore on February 11, 2017 at its premises. The symposium was organized in order to discuss in detail the challenges faced by biographical museums which includes economic hurdles as a major problem and proposals for possible solutions. The Directors/ Curators of several museums of West Bengal attended the symposium for exchange of valuable opinion. The museums included Rabindra Bhavana Museum, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, Bankim Bhavan Gaveshana Kendra, Kanthalpara, Naihati, Raja Rammohun Roy Memorial Museum, Kolkata, Bhaskar Bhavan Museum, Narendrapur, Gurusaday Museum, Joka, etc. The Keynote Address was delivered by Professor Atul Chandra Bhowmick, Former Professor. Department of Museology, University of Calcutta.

Arrangement of Interschool Exhibition on Environmental awareness, at the premises of Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya (28 / 01 / 2017)

The Paribesh Bandhav Mancha, Barrackpore, an NGO working on generating awareness on the evil effects of environmental pollution amongst people, particularly in the Barrackpore and adjacent localities, for over a period of time, arranged an interschool exhibition of project works on environmental awareness at the premises of the Sangrahalaya on January 28, 2017, Saturday.

All India Gandhi Museums’ Forum Meeting 2016 (16/12/2016 to 18/12/2016)

The All India Gandhi Museums’ Forum Meeting took place from December 16-December 18, 2016. This time the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Barrackpore hosted the meeting. The participants were the representatives of different Gandhi Museums in India which included the National Gandhi Museum, New Delhi, Magan Sangrahalaya, Wardha, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Madurai and Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Mumbai. The meeting began on December 16, 2016 at 11am with the opening song being rendered by Smt. Sarbani Chatterjee, Librarian of the Sangrahalaya. Next the Welcome Address was delivered by Shri Narayan Basu, Chairman of the Managing Committee of the Sangrahalaya.

Observance of Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday and Presentation of the Presentation of the 19th Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Award and Deliverance of the 18th Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Oration: (02/10/2016)

On October 2, 2016 Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday was celebrated by the Sangrahalaya at its premises. The 19th Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Award was presented and the 18th Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Oration was delivered on the occasion. The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Award is instituted to honour those engaged in Gandhian and noble society-enriching activities, etc.

Meeting with the Honourable President of India: (26/09/2016)

The Chairman of the managing Committee of the Sangrahalaya and the Director-Secretary had the rare opportunity to meet the Honourable President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on September 26, 2016 and discussed at length the Tentative Plan for the Celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019.

Attending the Second National Level meeting regarding Tentative Plan of action for the Celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi organized by Gandhi Smarak Nidhi along with National Gandhi Museum and Gandhi Peace Foundation :(25/09/2016)

On September 25, 2016 the Second National Level meeting regarding Tentative Plan of action for the Celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was organized by Gandhi Smarak Nidhi along with National Gandhi Museum and Gandhi Peace Foundation. The meeting was attended by different Gandhian institutions to discuss their tentative plan of action for the celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi to be held in 2019. The Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Barrackpore was represented by Shri Narayan Basu, Chairman of the Managing Committee of Sangrahalaya and The Director-Secretary, Shri Pratik Ghosh.

Participation in the fair organized by Naihati Bhagat Singh Society at Naihati (23/09/2016 to 25/09/2016)

The Sangrahalaya participated and put up a stall at the fair organized by Naihati Bhagat Singh Society, at the Naihati Railway Institute Hall from September 23 to 25, 2016. The Mobile Exhibition Set Alokchitre Teen Mahajibon (three great personalities in photographs- Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose) in roll-up standee was mounted at the hall premises and a stall was put up by the Sangrahalaya for selling its publications as well as the products prepared by the women who have received training for Food Preparation and Preservation for financial empowerment organized by the Sangrahalaya. The documentary titled Role of Barrackpore in the Freedom Movement of India was shown to the audience which was greatly appreciated.

Programme to Commemorate the Commencement of Satyagraha Movement by Mahatma Gandhi (18/09/2016)

A programme was organized by the Sangrahalaya to commemorate the commencement of the Satyagraha Movement by Mahatma Gandhi (on September 11, 1906), at its premises on September 18, 2016. A debate competition was arranged to commemorate the event the topic for which was Bartamane Gandhijir Satyagraher Pantha Punaray Prasangik Hoe Poreche. The students of the Departments of Political Science and Sociology, University participated in the competition. Four (4) students from each of the two departments mentioned above, i.e. a total of eight (8) students participated as speakers amongst whom four (4) spoke for the motion and four (4) against the motion. Professor Bhaskar Chakraborti, Centenary Professor of International Relations and Director CPWAS, Department of History, University of Calcutta acted as the Chief Guest at the programme. Professor Suparna Gooptu, Professor, Department of History and the Director, Gandhian Studies Centre University of Calcutta and Professor Sitanath Mazumdar, Professor, Department of Business Management University of Calcutta acted as the Special Guests as well as the judges of the debate competition. The students of different departments of the University of Calcutta participated as the audience. The team that spoke for the motion won the competition. Prizes were awarded to both the Winners as well as the Runners –up team.

Lecture at Assembly of Angels School: (23/08/2016)

The Director-Secretary of the Sangrahalaya was invited at the Assembly of Angels Secondary School, Barrackpore on Aug 23, 2016 to deliver a lecture on the Freedom Movement of India and the Revolt of 1857.The lecture received positive response from the students of the school.

Celebration of 70th Independence Day (15 / 08 / 2016)

The 70th Independence Day was celebrated on Aug 15, 2016 at the premises of the Sangrahalaya in a befitting manner. The national flag was hoisted by Shri Pratik Ghosh, Director-Secretary, Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Barrackpore at 9:30 am in the morning. The guests included the local senior citizens, distinguished persons of the area and members of different cultural institutions. After flag hoisting a ‘Sit and Draw Competition’ for children was organized by the Sangrahalaya 10:30 a.m onwards. The participants included students from the local academic institutions as well as the local art schools. The competition included three categories - Group A – age 5 to 8 years, Group B – age 8+ to 12 years and Group C – 12+ years to 16 years. Group A had thirty seven (37) participants, Group B had forty five (45) and Group C had twenty four (24) participants which implies that there were a total of 106 participants in the competition. The participants of Groups A and B could draw according to their choice while the topic for Group C was Swadhin Bharat O Amra (Independent India and Us). The judges included Sri Maichel Bose, Principal of Pranavananda Art Institution, Kolkata and Sri Debasish Mullick Chowdhury, renowned artist.

The Sit and Draw Competition was followed by the presentation of the life of Mahatma Gandhi in Animation for the audience and after the Film Show ended a performance of mime based on the theme of significance of Independence Day was put up by Indian Mime Theatre, Kolkata. The show was immensely enjoyed by the children as well as their guardians. Finally, at the end of the programme the prize distribution ceremony was held where the Guests of Honour included Shri Madhusudan Ghosh, Honourable MLA, Government of West Bengal, Shri Narayan Basu, Chairman of the Managing Committee of Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Barrackpore and Prof. Kanaipada Roy, former Professor, Mahadevananda College. Prizes were awarded to three winners in each category whereas consolation prizes were awarded to everyone. Certificates of participation were awarded to all the participants.

Workshop on Food Safety, Quality Control and Naturopathy (04 / 07 / 2016)

The Sangrahalaya organized a day-long Workshop on ‘Food Safety, Quality Control and Naturopathy’ for the schools at its premises on July 4, 2016 from 11.30 a.m. onwards. The Workshop had three (3) sessions. In the Inaugural Session, the Welcome Address was delivered by the Director-Secretary of the Sangrahalaya whereas the Inaugural Address was delivered by the Chief Guest Shri Jyoti Chakraborty, Karmadhakshya, Zilla Parishad, North 24 Parganas. The second session included the deliberations and practical demonstrations on Food Safety and Quality Control of food used by the society in everyday life such as milk and milk products, fish, eggs, vegetables, adulteration by the use of food colours etc. and the third session consisted of deliberations Naturopathic treatment and yogic asanas for treating common as well as chronic ailments. The experts in the second session included Dr. Swapan Sur, Former OSD, Mother Dairy who spoke and demonstrated on ‘Food Safety of Eggs, Fish and Meat’, Shri Pranab Ghosh, Ichhamati Milk Union Limited, Government of West Bengal, whose topic for deliberation was ‘Safety and Quality of Milk Products’, Shri Mukut Roy Chowdhury, Former District Fishery Officer, Government of West Bengal who spoke on ‘Food Safety of Fish and Vegetables’, Shri Tridib Mandal, Retired Assistant Director whose topic for deliberation and demonstration was ‘Safety of Milk’ and Shri Subhendu Kanjilal, Director, SAAS, EW Trust who demonstrated on ‘Adulteration by means of Food Colours’. The post lunch session consisted of deliberation and Demonstration on Naturopathy by Shri Dhanasekaran, Principal, Burdwan Institute of Medical and Life Science. Finally, at the end of the programme there was a Panel Discussion which consisted of the interaction of the participants with the experts regarding questions on the different topics covered in all the three sessions.

A total of one hundred and eighteen (118) students accompanied by their teachers belonging to five reputed schools viz. Central Model School, Barrackpore, Sacred Heart Day High School (H.S.), Barrackpore, Manmathanath High School, Barrackpore, Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1- Ishapore and Nawabgunj High School, Nawabgunj participated in the programme. The programme was a big success generating awareness among the participants regarding Food Safety and Naturopathy.

An Informal ‘Adda’ with the Senior Citizens of a local Old-Age Home, involving exchange of thought about the life and activities of Mahatma Gandhi and Indian Freedom Movement (25/06/2016)

The Sangrahalaya organized a programme for the senior citizens involving the mutual exchange of thought about the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi as well as their personal experiences about the Freedom Movement of our Country, at its premises on June 25, 2016. The inmates of the local Old Age Home Bholananda Bridhashram were invited to the Sangrahalaya for the programme. They were provided with a Guided tour of the Sangrahalaya and shown the documentary, titled ‘Role of Barrackpore in the Freedom Movement in India’ from the collection of the Sangrahalaya. A Notebook for their personal use, based on the life and activities of Gandhiji in photographs and text was released by the two senior most inmates from among the ladies and gentlemen. Finally, the inmates and the staff of the Sangrahalaya sat down for an informal chat that involved exchange of the experiences of the senior citizens about seeing Gandhiji in person, the Freedom Movement of India and other incidents of the bygone era. The response from the inmates of the Bridhashram was overwhelming and the programme was a great success.

Birthday Celebrations of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore (08 / 05 / 2016)

The Birthday Celebrations of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was observed by the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Barrackpore, on May 8, 2016, at its premises. A programme was arranged to mark the occasion which took place in the evening from 4 p.m. The programme was based on the theme ‘Tomay Notun Kore Pabo Bole’ highlighting the sweet and intimate relation between Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi. The programme started with the garlanding of the photograph of Rabindranath and Gandhiji, by the members of the Managing Committee of the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Barrackpore and other eminent persons present at the programme. A humble tribute was paid to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on behalf of the Sangrahalaya by the members of its staff with the item termed ‘ Amar Rabindranath’ based on the poem on Tagore by Subho Dasgupta and songs written by Tagore. A Musical Soiree based on the relation between Tagore and Gandhiji was performed by the cultural group Muktangan Sanskritik Samsthha from Barrackpore. Finally, a unique programme of kabir larai (a competition between folk artists of impromptu folk songs composed and sung on the spot based on a particular theme) based on the relation between Gandhiji and Tagore took place. The kabir larai was performed by SriRadha Krishna Tarja Samsthha headed by Kabiyal Jadab Chandra Mondal and his associates Kabiyal Mahadev Halder and Smt. Rama Halder and Dhol (indigenous drum of Bengal) player Sri Monoranjan Sarkar.

Group Visits:

Various institutions come to the Sangrahalaya throughout the year for group visits for educational purpose.

• On February 17, 20 and 21, 2017 near about two hundred and forty (240) students of classes IV and V of Kendriya Vidyalaya (Army), Barrackpore visited the Sangrahalaya in three (3) batches of eighty (80) students (on each day) for an educational tour. They were provided with a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya and shown the documentary titled Role of Barrackpore in the Freedom Movement of India. Three of the teachers accompanying the students wrote positive comments regarding the collection of the Sangrahalaya. Smt, Dipti Bandyopadhyay wrote, “Enjoyed the trip with students.” Shri V.K Singh wrote, “Nice management and well decorated museum. Students became able to know many things about Gandhiji. They became very pleased with guide of this museum. Thanks to all employees of this Gandhi Museum. Thanks again.” Smt R. De Sarkar wrote, “Educative.”


• On February 9, 2017 about 180 students of Sanat Roychowdhury institution for Girls’ from Govindo Khatik Road, Kolkata visited the Sangrahalaya with their teachers for an educational tour. They were provided with a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya. One of the teachers Smt. Subhasree Sarkhel commented, “Very Good” on seeing the display of the Sangrahalaya.


• On February 6, 2017 near about seventy (70) students of Springdale Primary School, Kalyani visited the Sangrahalaya for an educational tour along with their teachers. They were provided with a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya and shown the documentary titled Role of Barrackpore in the Freedom Movement of India. Smt. Sudipta Saha, the Headmistress of the institution on seeing the display of the Sangrahalaya commented, “Very Good”.


• A group of 23 foreign tourists from U.K. came to visit the Sangrahalaya as part of their tour itinerary arranged by Department of Tourism. Govt. of India on 24.01.2017. They were provided with a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya. They were very impressed with the Sangrahalaya.


• About 200 students of classes I and II of The Assembly of Angels Secondary School visited the Sangrahalaya for an educational tour on January 19, 2017. They were provided with a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya. One of the teachers on seeing the display commented, “Well maintained!”


On September 29, 2016 forty (40) students and seven (7) Professors of the Departments of Philosophy and Political • • Science of Chandraketugarh Sahidullah Smriti Mahavidyalaya came to the Sangrahalaya for an educational tour which is part of their curriculum. They were provided with a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya and shown the documentary titled Role of Barrackpore in the Freedom Movement of India. On seeing the display of the Sangrahalaya one of the professors Mr. Md. Torikul Islam commented, “Very good!”.


• On September 16, 2016, a group of sixty (60) students belonging to the departments of History, Political Science and Hindi of Bangabasi College, Morning Session came to visit the Sangrahalaya with Associate Professor Ajeya Das. They were provided with a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya and shown the documentary titled Role of Barrackpore in the Freedom Movement of India. The display as well as the film show was immensely liked by the group.


• A group of 25 teachers from various Kendriya Vidyalayas in West Bengal came to visit the Sangrahalaya on June 6, 2016 as part of the PRT In-service Course organized by the Kendriya Vidyalaya No-1, Ishapore, 24 Parganas (North). One of the participants Smt. Jayanti Mukherjee, Principal, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Asansol wrote the following remark on seeing the display of the Sangrahalaya, “Very well maintained and excellent demonstration given.” (06/06/2016).

• Twenty (20) students of Douglas Memorial Higher Secondary School accompanied by four (4) teachers and one (1) non teaching staff came to visit the Sangrahalaya on July 8, 2016 on the occasion of celebration of Vanmahotsav and Environmental awareness programme. The Director-Secretary was given a sapling to be planted in the garden of the Sangrahalaya. Later the students and teachers were provided with a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya. One of the teachers Shri Rabi Sankar Ray remarked, “Outstanding “about the display of the Sangrahalaya. (08/07/2016)

• On Aug 23, 2016, seventeen (17) students belonging to class XII of Rishra Vidyapith came to the Sangrahalaya accompanied by their teacher Shri Dilip Prasad for an educational excursion which is a part of their curriculum. They were provided with a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya and shown the documentary titled Role of Barrackpore in the Freedom Movement of India. After seeing the Sangrahalaya, their teacher Shri Dilip Prasad commented, “Very informative and display are rare.” (23/08/2016).

Special Visits:

The Sangrahalaya visited quite a few eminent visitors in this financial year the names of whom have been mentioned below.

• Shri Paritosh Roy, Secretary, Department of Rural Development, Government of West Bengal visited the Sangrahalaya on February 13, 2017 along with his friends and family. He was provided with a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya.


• Shri Vijay Dube, the General Manager, of Vijaya Bank Eastern Region, visited the Sangrahalaya along with his family and sixty four (64) employees of different branches of the bank, on January 22, 2017. They were provided with a guided tour of the Sangrahalaya and shown the documentary titled Role of Barrackpore in the Freedom Movement of India. On seeing the display Shri Dube commented, “Inspiring and humble experience- congrats and thanks to the museum officials for their excellent endeavours.” Mrs. Anjana Dube, wife of Shri Dube also commented positively regarding the display of the Sangrahalaya saying, “Very courteous staff and great experience on life and teachings of Bapu. Thank You.”


• Group Captain A. Tripathi, Station Commander, Air Station, Barrackpore paid a visit to the Sangrahalaya on Aug 04, 2016. On seeing the display of the Sangrahalaya he commented. “A great effort to keep memory of the Father of the Nation burning.”

• Debdas Datta, DG, Power Supply, West Bengal State Electricity Board paid a visit to the Sangrahalaya on August 13, 2016. His remark about the Sangrahalaya was, “Excellent.”

• Major General Ajay Seth from Barrackpore Cantonment visited the Sangrahalaya on August 23, 2016. On completion of the guided tour of the Sangrahalaya he remarked, “Very interesting and educative. Hope the history is preserved.”

  Programmes & Activities in the Financial Year of 2015-2016


A workshop on the songs and paintings of Rabindranath Tagore titled Rabindranather Chobi O Gaan was organized by the Sangrahalaya in collaboration with Meghamallar Sangeet Shikshayatan, Barrackpore at the premises of the Sangrahalaya on the 19th April 2015. Professor Somendranath Bandopadhyay former Professor of Visva Bharati University and Veteran of Shatiniketen Ashram was the Chief Guest.

  • Birthday Celebrations of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore (09/05/2015):
    The Sangrahalaya observed the Birthday Celebrations of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on the 9th May, 2015 at its premises. A day-long programme was organized which comprised of a temporary exhibition on the life and works of Tagore, a Spot Quiz, a Debate Competition, a Documentary on the life and works of Tagore prepared by the Sangrahalaya and the rare documentary Rabindranath directed by Satyajit Ray. The Chairman of the Sangrahalaya Sri Narayan Basu presided over the programme. Honorable MP, Professor Pradip Bhattacharya acted as the Chief Guest and the welcome address was delivered by the Secretary of the Sangrahalaya. The Programme was well attended by fifty four (54) participants including students and teachers of five reputed Schools of Barrackpore viz. Modern English Academy, St. Augustines Day School, Barrackpore Girls High School, Barrackpore Government High School and Bholananda National Vidyalaya. The topic for the debate competition was Is the Educational Policy of Rabindranath Relevant Today From each of the schools, one student spoke for and one against the motion. Prizes were awarded by the Sangrahalaya to the winners of the Spot Quiz as well as the Debate Competition.
  • Seminar on the Message of Gandhiji and its importance in the life of a Nation (19/ 05 /2015):
    The Sangrahalaya organized a seminar on 19th May, 2015, on the message of Mahatma Gandhi and its importance in the life of a Nation. The title of the seminar was Gandhiji-r Baani O Jatiya Jibane Tar Guruttva. The seminar was presided by renowned social activist and the committee member of the Sangrahalaya Sri Salil Kumar Gupta and Swami Arghananda Maharaj of the Barrackpore Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission and Vivekananda Math was the Chief Guest. The Seminar was attended by thirty (30) students from the vocational training centre of the Barrackpore Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission and Vivekananda Math.
  • Day - long Camp on Alternative Paradigm of Development - Tagore and Gandhi(04/07/2015):
    The Sangrahalaya organized a day long camp on 4th of July 2015, on the topic Alternative Paradigm of Development - Tagore and Gandhi. The camp presented the idea of over exploitation of natural resources for the purpose of development in the modern world, its immediate consequences and how the ideas of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma can be implemented to avert the imminent natural disasters. The camp was attended by nineteen (19) students from the Department of Environmental Studies, Rabindra Bharati University as well as the Department of Museology, University of Calcutta, along with two professors each from both the Universities. The programme began with a presentation on the theme of the camp by Sri Samar Bagchi, Former Director, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Kolkata. After the presentation was over, there was a group discussion among the participant students on the presentation. The post lunch session included a panel discussion of the students with Mr. Samar Bagchi and Dr. Pranabesh Sanyal, Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Government of West Bengal, on the questions raised by the participants during the group discussion.
  • Celebration of Independence Day (15/08/2015):
    The Sangrahalaya celebrated the 69th Independence Day on the 15th of August 2015 at its premises in a befitting manner. The national flag was hoisted by Sri Salil Kumar Gupta, member of the Managing Committee of the Sangrahalaya, at 9:30 am in the morning. The guests included the local senior citizens. After flag hoisting a symposium was arranged on the topic Bharater Swadhinata Andoloner Prekshapote Bangla O Bangali. Sri Salil Kumar Gupta presided over the function. The speakers included Dr. Tarun Kumar Banerjee, Former Professor, Department of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, Prof. Kanaipada Roy, Former Professor, Mahadevananda College, Barrackpore and Sri Swapan Kumar Mukherjee, Chief Advisor, Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission, Barrackpore. All the three speakers put forward their valuable opinion on the theme. The opening and closing songs were rendered by Smt. Sarbani Chatterjee, Librarian of the Library of the Sangrahalaya. After the symposium ended, a Sit and Draw Competition for children was organized by the Sangrahalaya. The participants included students from the local academic institutions as well as the local art schools. The competition included three categories - Group A age 5 years to 7 years, Group B age 7+ years to 10 years and Group C 10+ years to 15 years. Group A had twenty two (22) participants, Group B had forty (40) participants and Group C had twenty seven (27) participants which implies that a total of eighty nine (89) participants participated in the competition. The judges included Sri Maichel Bose, Principal of Pranavananda Art Institution and Sri Jayanto Ghosh, art teacher of Tulika Art Institution, Kasba. Prizes were awarded to three winners in each category whereas consolation prizes were provided to everyone, which included a folder containing drawing stationary. In the post lunch session, a puppet show on the theme Independence Day was organized for the children. The puppet show was performed by Calcutta Puppet Theatre Group from Kasba headed by Padmashree Suresh Dutta, a pioneer in the field of puppets. The show was immensely enjoyed by the children as well as their guardians. Certificates of merit and participation were also awarded to the winners as well as to the other participants who did not win prizes, respectively at the end of the day.
  • Observance of Mahatma Gandhis 147th Birthday and Presentation of the 18th Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Award and Deliverance of the 17th Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Oration (02/10/2015):
    The Sangrahalaya observed the 147th Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October, 2015 at its premises. The 18th Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Award was presented and the 17th Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Oration was delivered on the occasion. In the financial year, 2015-16 the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Award, instituted to honour those engaged in Gandhian and noble society-enriching activities, etc. was presented to Gandhi Vichar Parisad, Bankura a well known Gandhian Voluntary Organization, which is involved in the reconstruction of villages on the line of concept and praxis of Gram Swaraj as articulated by Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave, on the occasion. The Award consists of a silver salver, Scroll of Honour and Rupees ten thousand (10,000/-) and traditional materials. The award was handed over by Sri Narayan Basu, to Sri Gaursundar Rajak of Gandhi Vichar Parisad. Prof. Jahar Sen, Former Professor Department of History, University of Calcutta, member of the Managing Committee of the Sangrahalaya, read out the Scroll of Honour. Prof. Sandip Das, Former Professor, Department of Philosophy, Uluberia College, delivered the 17th Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Oration. He was felicitated with a Silver Salver and traditional materials. A temporary exhibition on Three Great Personalities in Photographs Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, was inaugurated by Sri Salil Kumar Gupta, member of the Managing Committee of the Sangrahalaya. The opening song Raghupati Raghab Raja Ram was rendered by the staff members of the Sangrahalaya. The function was attended by the members of the Managing Committee of the Sangrahalaya as well as eminent personalities, all whom took turns to garland the photograph of Mahatma Gandhi and spinning the Charkha (Spinning Wheel) installed at the entrance of the Mural Gallery of the Sangrahalaya. The entire function was presided over by Sri Narayan Basu, Chairman of the Managing Committee of the Sangrahalaya while the welcome address was delivered by Sri Pratik Ghosh, Director-Secretary of the Sangrahalaya.
  • Workshop on Contemporary Relevance of Gandhian Values organized in collaboration with Department of Political Science, Barrackpore Rastraguru Surendranath College(10/10/2015):
    The Sangrahalaya organized a workshop on Contemporary Relevance of Gandhian Values in collaboration with the Department of Political Science, Barrackpore Rastraguru Surendranath College, at the premises of the Sangrahalaya on the 10th October, 2015. The workshop was attended by thirty six (36) students and four (4) faculty members of Barrackpore Rastraguru Surendranath College. The programme began with the welcome address of the Director-Secretary of the Sangrahalaya. Professor Chittabrata Palit, Former Professor Department of Modern History, Jadavpur University, was the Guest of Honour. As an expert, he put forward his valuable comments on the topic of the workshop. After the lecture of Professor Palit, a documentary from the collection of the Sangrahalaya was presented, titled Role of Barrackpore in the Freedom Movement in India. The documentary was in Bengali and contained in detail the significant role of Barrackpore in the Freedom Movement of Indian and its role as the first place from where the First War of Independence (called Sepoy Mutiny by the British East India Company) initiated. In the second half of the programme a debate competition was arranged on the topic of the workshop, in which the students of Barrackpore, Rastraguru Surendranath College participated. Four (4) students spoke for the motion and four (4) against it. Professor Chittabrata Palit and Professor Madhumita Ghoshal, (faculty member Department of Political Science, Barrackpore Rastraguru Surendranath College) acted as the judges. The team speaking for the motion won. Prizes were awarded both to the winners as well as the runners up. Finally the workshop came to an end with the song Raghupati Raghab Raja Ram rendered by staff members of the Sangrahalaya and joined by the participants.
  • Free Health Check-up Camp (17.01.2016):
    Earch Centre were present to discuss the problem of cleft lip, a genetic disorder and in collaboration with an NGO named Smile Train (Funded by USA) they are carrying on the difficult task of curing the patients of cleft lip by plastic surgery free of cost. One patient, Shri Uday Shankar Manna with this disorder came and successfully met the doctors who gave him further instructions to go to Repose Clinic and Research Centre for treatment. The patient went to Repose Clinic and after successful treatment has been totally cured from his problem. Towards the end of the camp, the doctors conducted the general check-up of Patients and advised them regarding treatment after which the. About seventy (70) people attended the camp which proved to be a big success among the local people.
  • National Seminar on Rethinking Gandhian Thought: Issues and Challenges (26/03/2016):
    The Sangrahalaya organized a day-long National Seminar on Rethinking Gandhian Thought: Issues and Challenges at its premises on March 26, 2016 from 11:00 am in the morning to 5:00 pm. Gandhiji's life, ideas and work are of crucial importance to all those who want a better life for humankind. The political map of the world has changed dramatically since his time, the economic scenario has witnessed unleashing of some disturbing forces, and the social set-up has undergone a tremendous change. The importance of moral and ethical issues raised by him however, remain central to the future of individuals and nations. Today we need him, more than before. It was with this aim of analyzing Mahatma Gandhi in a new perspective that the Sangrahalaya came up with the theme of the Seminar. The Seminar was well attended by the Chairman of the Managing Committee of the Sangrahalaya, Shri Narayan Basu and other Members of the Committee, personnel from institutions related to Mahatma Gandhi, Faculty Members of the Department of Museology University of Calcutta and Rabindra Bharati University, distinguished scholars and research fellows from different Universities. The Inaugural Session of the programme was presided by Shri Narayan Basu, Chairman of the Managing Committee of the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya whereas the Welcome Address was delivered by the Director-Secretary of the Sangrahalaya Shri Pratik Ghosh. The Keynote Address was delivered by Shri A. Annamalai, Director National Gandhi Museum, New Delhi while the Valedictory Address was delivered by Shri Pawan Gupta, eminent Gandhian Scholar. The speakers of the Inaugural Session included Professor Sachindra Nath Bhattacharyya, Former Professor, Department of Museology, University of Calcutta, Dr. Shyamalkanti Chakravarti, Former Director, Indian Museum and National Library, Kolkata, Shri A. Annamalai and Shri Pawan Gupta. At the end of the Inaugural Session the Key Note Address was delivered by Shri A. Annamalai. There were a total of three (3) academic sessions following the Inaugural Session, chaired ably by Dr. Shyamalkanti Chakravarti, Professor Sakti Bhattacharya, Retired Director, Institute of English, Kolkata and Shri A. Annamalai. In all ten (10) papers were presented at the Seminar which gave interesting and diverse views on the theme of the Seminar. Finally, the Valedictory Address was delivered by Shri Pawan Kumar Gupta, Eminent Gandhian Scholar. The Seminar was a success and left room for thought for everyone to analyze Gandhiji in a new perspective and consideration of the significance and efficacy of Gandhian philosophy in todays world.
  • Other Activities:
    • International Seminar on the topic Community Participation in Museological Practices in collaboration with the Department of Museology, University of Calcutta(02/12/2015):
      The Department of Museology, University of Calcutta organized an international Seminar on the topic Community Participation in Museological Practices in collaboration with the Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Barrackpore on the 2nd of December at the Department of Museology, University of Calcutta, 1, Reformatory Street, Kolkata, where the Sangrahalaya sponsored the kits for the seminar. The inaugural session was chaired by Professor Samir Kumar Das, Dean Faculty of Arts, University of Calcutta. The welcome address was delivered by the Head of the Department, Department of Museology, University of Calcutta while the Inaugural Address was delivered by Professor Swagata Sen, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), University of Calcutta. Retired Professors of the Department of Museology were felicitated in the inaugural session. In the subsequent sessions several valuable papers on the theme were presented by the faculty members of the Department of Museology, University of Calcutta as well as a number of eminent museum personnel including Dr. Stephen Inglis, Former Executive Director, Cree Cultural Institute, Quebec, Canada who also happens to be a former student of the Department of Museology, University of Calcutta. Dr. Inglis presented a paper on Opportunities for Museums of the Future: Exciting New Linkages between the National and the Local. The Secretary of the Sangrahalaya presented a paper titled Community Participation Initiatives at Gandhi Memorial Museum, Barrackpore.

  Programmes & Activities in the Financial Year of 2014-2015


  • Environment Awareness Programme (31/07/2014):
    The state of environment and ecology is of much concern at present and so much that the United Nations Organization has thought if prudent to announce a World Environment Day from the 5th June, 1972. This is to remind us that our responsibility to work for removing the ecological imbalance and prevention of further depletion of natural resources. This will enable us to live in peace and tranquility.
    Mahatma Gandhi had been a great lover of nature and the naturalists. Keeping in view these two postulates the Sangrahalaya organized a day-long Environment Awareness Programme with different educational institutions on the 31st July, 2014. Students from different schools participated along with their teachers and Dr. Swapan Sur, eminent Environmentalist and Shri Subhendu Kanjilal , reputed Social Activist talked at length on the necessity of proper preservation of nature. The total number of participants were ninety eight (98) including the students from six (6) schools, eleven (11) teachers and twenty (22) guardians. Dr. Swapan Sur made a presentation about birds to bring before us the role of animals and birds in the preservation of nature.
  • Observance of the Independence Day (15/08/2014):
    The Sangrahalaya organized a Sit & Draw Competition at its premises on the occasion of the Independence Day on 15th August, 2015.The topic for the competition was Indian Freedom Movement.The participants were divided into three (3) groups based on their age on their age

    Group A 3 years 6 months 6 years
    Group B 6+ years 10 years
    Group C 10+ years 14 years
    The winners of each group were awarded prize.
  • Seminar on Atrocities against women, Gandhian Thought and Role of Museums (13/09/2014):
    A day-long seminar on Atrocities against Women, Gandhian Thought and Role of Museums was organized by the Sangrahalaya in collaboration with the Department of Museology, University of Calcutta. The seminar was attended by the faculty members and research scholars of the Department of Museology, University of Calcutta. The welcome address was delivered by the Secretary Professor Supriya Munshi. The inaugural session the subsequent academic sessions were presided by Dr. Shyamal Kanti Chakravarty (former Director, Indian Museum), Professor Sachindranath Bhattacharya (Department of Museology, University of Calcutta) and Dr. Adinath Brahma (former Research Scholar, Department of Museology, University of Calcutta.
  • Observance of Mahatma Gandhis 146th Birthday (02/10/2014):
    The 146th Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi was observed at the Sangrahalaya on 2nd October, 2014. The programme was presided by Shri Narayan Basu, Chairman of the Sangrahalaya and welcome address was given by Professor Supriya Munshi, Secretary of the Sangrahalaya, Professor Shyamalesh Das, Former Professor, Fakir Chand College, Diamond Harbor spoke on the relationship between the Mahatma and Gurudev. Meghamallar, Sangeet Shikshayatan, Barrackpore under the direction of Dr. Mitra Bandopadhyay presented Mahamilan a musical soiree (Mahatma Gandhi Though the songs and poems of Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore). A musical CD on the topic Mahamilan is being prepared and about to be published by the Sangrahalaya.
  • Centenary Celebrations of Mahatma Gandhis return to Indian from South Africa (09/01/2015):
    The Sangrahalaya celebrated the century of Mahatma Gandhis return to India permanently from South Africa, on 9th January, 2015, in a befitting manner. Shri Narayan Basu, the Chairman of the Sangrahalaya presided over the ceremony while the welcome address was delivered by Professor Supriya Munshi, the Secretary of the Sangrahalaya. The function was attended by dignitaries like Honorable MP Professor Saugata Roy, Honorable MLA Dr. Manas Bhuiyan, Honourable Minister-in- Charge, Department of Science, Technology and Biotechnology, government of West Bengal, Professor Rabiranjan Chattopadhyay and others such as Professor Jahar Sen, Professor Hossainur Rahaman and Padmabhushan Sri Shailesh Kumar Bandopadhyay all of whom delivered their valuable speeches. The opening and closing songs were sung by Dr. Mitra Bandopadhyay of Meghamallar Sangeet Shikshayatan, Barrackpore.
  • Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Award and Oration Ceremony 2014-15 (08/02/2015):
    The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Award and Oration Ceremony 2014-15 was on 8th February at the Mural Gallery of the Sangrahalaya. The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Award for the financial year 2014-15 was given to Sri Parimal Dey, eminent author on Mahatma Gandhi. Professor Atul Chandra Bhowmick, former Professor, Department of Museology, University of Calcutta, delivered the Gandhi Memorial Oration. Sri Narayan Basu, Chairman of the Sangrahalaya presided over the function while the welcome address was delivered by Professor Supriya Munshi, Secretary of the Sangrahalaya. Smt. Swati Bhattacharya presented the opening and closing songs.
  • Day-long Seminar on Contemporary Relevance of Theosophy (08/03/2015):
    A day-long seminar on Contemporary Relevance of Theosophy was organized by the Sangrahalaya on the 8th of March 2015. Sri Narayan Basu, Chairman of the Sangrahalaya presided over the function while the welcome address was delivered by Sri Pratik Ghosh, Director of the Sangrahalaya. Shri B. L. Bhattacharya, National Director of Theosophical Society of India, delivered his speech as main speaker. Professor Jahar Sen, Former Professor, Department of History, University of Calcutta and also the Member of the Sangrahalaya also delivered his valuable lecture on the topic. The relevance of Theosophy was discussed interactively during the panel discussion by the other participants of Bengal Theosophical Society. The seminar was attended by almost 60 learned persons of the Bengal Theosophical Society as well as from other fields of the society.
  • Internship:
    This Sangrahalaya is presently looked upon as a Model Museum with all necessary museological aspects and services and as such students of Museology of Calcutta University are sent here for 3 months Internship after obtaining their Post-Graduate degrees, but before receiving their certificates.

    From 1st February, 2015, 4 Internees were sent by the Department of Museuology, University of Calcutta.
  • Other Activities: