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Bible Society of India marks 200 years

August 22, 2011 by  
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Kolkata: A Gospel musical evening followed by praise and worship marked the finale to the bi-centenary celebrations of the Bible Society of India (Calcutta Auxiliary) on Aug 20 in Kolkata.

Nearly 1,200 people took part in the Gospel musical evening by the 15-member Dancers’ Guild troupe performing “HE the Light of the World” at Rabindra Sadan.

Parbati Gupta coordinated the half-hour song and dance event weaved around Tagore songs inspired by the life of Jesus, a fitting tribute to the Nobel laureate on his 150thbirth anniversary.

An hour-long praise and worship led by Bollywood singer Vijay Benedict followed.

“I have been associated with Bible Society of India for over 30 years now,” said Benedict, a playback singer.

He rendered his hit songs – “Yesu tu hai mahan” (Jesus you are great) and “Yesu naam” (Jesus name).

Benedict, who has sung for over 35 Bollywood films, produced one of India’s first Gospel songs video.

President of the United Bible Society, Robert Cunville, first woman president of BSI Navamani Peter, General Secretary Mani Chacko, first vice-president PNS Chandra Bose and president of BSI (Calcutta) and Church of North India Bishop Ashoke Biswas of Calcutta were felicitated on the occasion.

The master of ceremony for the evening was Ruthlin Saha.

Secretary of BSI’s Calcutta Auxiliary, Sajal Kumar Sarkar, said the “Bible Society of India is the second largest publishing house in Asia after the government of India.”

Established in Calcutta in 1811 AD, the Bible Society of India translates and distributes Bibles in over 400 native Indian languages.

A special postage stamp was released in February to mark 200 years of BSI.

It has its headquarters at Bangalore with 15 Auxiliaries and corresponding office in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar island.

– cm paul

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