The 13th International History & Heritage Exhibition was held from 4 – 7 February 2018, as usual, based on different exciting themes. The Exhibition showcased some of the rarest artifacts collected by the family members from different sources. A special section called Potpourri displayed a wide range of Cigarette boxes, smoking pipes, lighters, astrays and match boxes from around the world. The section Heirlooms had an interesting display of Jewellery boxes dating back to 18th Century and used by family women. The Retrospective section highlighted the life story and achievements of legendary Bengali actor Bhanu Bandhyopadhyay through life sketches, pictures, dress items, books, daily used things etc. Another Retrospective was on singer Satya Chowdhury on his Birth Centenary.
This year the Theme Country was Thailand. The rich cultural heritage, tourism, and relations with India since the days of Emperor Ashoka were portrayed through various displays. Ms. Mantakan Hengsuwan, hon’ble Consul of Royal Thai Consulate in Kolkata rendered her full cooperation in shaping the Thai gallery.
As usual, there was the theme related Philatelic show and Numismatics. Open Quiz Nostalgia'18 hosted by famous Quizmasters Debumar Ganguly and Sanjoy Roy Choudhury was another regular attraction. A new Quiz Show called Barishar Sobjanta for common folk was an added attraction this year. It was hosted by Quiz Master Rajarshi Nag. Like previous years a special musical evening dedicated to Wizard of Bengali Lyrics Shri Pronob Roy was held on 6th of February. The 29th edition of our heritage Hand Written Magazine Saptarshi was launched. This edition of Saptarshi has been edited by Devarshi Roy Choudhury.
The event was inaugurated by famous painter Samir Aich, French prof. and writer Mirelle Josephine Guezennec and actors Niladri Lahiri and Sampurna Lahiri. Actor Suman Kundu, family members of Bhanu Bandhopadhyay and Satya Chowdhury, Actor and singer Parimal Bhattacharya and Col. Saumitra Ray were also present on the occasion. About 10,000 history enthusiasts including students from different schools and colleges visited the exhibition.
This year a special event – Sabarna Roy Choudhury Food Festival was jointly organized by Sabarna Sangrahashala and 6 Ballygunge Place from 2- 7 Feb, 2018 with 13 mouthwatering secret recipes of the family. Singer Srikanta Acharya inaugurated the food festival at 6 Ballygunge Palce.
This year the event reached culminating heights with new innovative ideas and exhibition infrastructure conceived and designed by Management Guru Sanjoy Roy Chowdhury.