Gangotsav (23rd-24th March, 2001)

This two-day aquatic festival on the river Hooghli was hosted in collaboration with the Department of Sports and Youth Services, Government of West Bengal, to highlight the deep-rooted influence of the Ganga on our social, cultural and economic lives.

A colourful array of programmes like aquatic sports and display, panel discussion, exhibition and cultural shows, were organized to infuse in the people of the city love and affection for the Ganga and remind them of their obligation to keep the river free from pollution.

The panel discussion on the subject ‘Mythology and Science Concerning the Ganga’ attracted a host of luminaries like Dr. Ashish Ghosh, former Director General of the Geological Survey of India, Mr. Pranab Roy, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal, Mr. Nrisingh Prasad Bhaduri, eminent litterateur and Dr. K. K. Bandyopadhyay, former deputy hydraulic engineer, Calcutta Port Trust. Young swimmer of eminence, Ms. Bula Chowdhury was felicitated on behalf of the Institute by Mr. Hirak Ghosh, Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal.

Nadir Sange Dekha (28th-30th November, 2003)

Organized jointly by SEI and Vivadi, a premier organization in the field of inland waterways and tourism, Nadir Sange Dekha was a cultural window which envisaged a future when a socio-cultural surge will compel the people and the government to adopt attitude of active concern for the Ganga. It aimed to develop marine awareness among all sections of people including artists, painters, poets, litterateurs, journalists, eminent scholars and the youth on one hand and policy makers on the other. Accordingly, while the then Governor of West Bengal, Mr. Viren J. Shah was the patron-in-chief of the organizing committee set up for the event, filmmaker Mr. Mrinal Sen and notable educationist Ms. Bharati Roy, lit the lamps at the inauguration.

The prime attraction of the festival were a marine pageant, dingee race, long range swimming competition and a marine fair involving all government and corporate sectors engaged in maritime activities. The event was a resounding success with everyone having marine links – from launch operators to the navy, artists to the government – expressing his solidarity to the cause.