This January Kolkata will be hosting the 9th International Anglo Indian Reunion that will bring Anglo Indians from across the world together. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the much-awaited event and felicitate prominent Anglo Indians.
The event will be a homecoming for the community, welcoming those who live abroad with a grand ball and food fest.
This event has been hosted in India only once, in Banglarur. For the last seven times it was hosted abroad.
“We are proud to host an event where our community members from across the globe will re-unite. We will felicitate national and international prominent community members. It will be a 6-day event starting from January 6. It is a homecoming for the community and to be together to celebrate our customs, food and traditions,” Phelomena Eaton, convener of the re-union said.
The community dates back to when the British and the Europeans came to India, but officially it came into being in 1947. Currently there are 200,000 community members in India and around 40,000 in Bengal. A large number of the community members have also migrated to foreign countries.
Some famous Angl o - Indians include actor Sir Ben Kingsley, singer Cliff Richard and novelist Ruskin Bond. Five hundred delegates from different countries are expected to visit the city during the reunion. The event will start on January 6 through a service at St Paul’s Cathedral. Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate it at the Science City auditorium on the 7th.
Governor MK Narayan will be present during the occasion. Derek O Brian, Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP has lent a helping hand to the organisers and helped in composing the anthem called ‘The Anglo Indian way’ which has already got 2000 hits in ‘YouTube’ and is being circulated to all community organisers and members.
The organizers expect over 500 delegates from different foreign countries to visit the city during the reunion, apart from many in India. A grand ball, a sports day, an Anglo Indian food fest, symposiums on the past, present and future of the community are among the events to be held. This is apart from a fundraiser and a scope for interactions among community members. The event would provide Anglo Indians aboard a chance to trace their roots, meet relatives and visit their schools, colleges and neighborhoods where they had child hood memories.