The day started with the Eucharistic Celebration invoking Godâ€™s blessings on the college and its principal, staff and students. The formal inaugural session began with the lighting of the lamp at 9.00 a.m. in the Milan Hall. The well decorated diya was lighted by the chief guest, principal, Prof. Ritvik Sanyal, Dr. Devashish Dey, Sr.Joan, CJ, and Miss Suchita, student leaderâ€™ during melodious singing of the students. The chief guest of the day was Most Rev.Raphy Manjaly, Chairman, Nav Sadhana and Bishop of Allahabad. A biblical passage (Jn. 15:18) was read and prayers were made by Sr.Anna Purty. Sr.Joan, CJ, welcomed all present.
The Bharatnatyam Students of M.A. and B.A. III performed a welcomed dance under the guidance of Mr.Robin A. with live singing lead by Dr.B.P. Tiwari, Mridhangam by Sir Rakesh and Tabla by Jaydeb and sung by all the second and third year students of Hindustani Music. All were spell bound at the recital. Dr.Fr.V.Sebastian, Principal, addressed the students. In his message he stated the humans could be divided into three: dodger, dreamer and doer. The music students should be dreamer and doer to be successful and creative in their art of learning and performing. Dr.Ramsudhar Singh delivered the message stating that the students are in a special college and special place with unique milieu. They are all unique. Music and Dance make all part of the divine and good human beings. Hence, develop your talents and be in communion with God and humans. The Chief Guest exhorted the students to have a motto and goal in life to achieve it; Be diligent and disciplined to attain it. Under the guidance of Sir Vengdesh Prabhu the second year students of Bharatnatyam performed a folk dance of Tamil Nadu, which was well appreciated by all present. The college leader Miss Suchita Xalxo proposed the vote of thanks, which was short and sweet.
After a short break the students gathered to listen to the demo of the Dhrupad specialist Prof. Ritvik Sanyal. He is the H.O.D. of Benares Hindu University, Varanasi. He explained how Dhrupad is sung with a change of notes. He demonstrated it in a systematic manner and explained the nuance of the Raag. At the end he was honoured by the Principal and his accompanists.