On December 1, 2017, Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy, Kolkata, organized its annual recitation competition – Mnemosyne 2017. The competition commenced at 2.45 p.m., and continued for an hour. The programme was inaugurated with a prayer led by Rev Father Artsrun Mikelyan. The eager participation of the entire school, from the preparatory to the senior classes, marked a cheerful beginning of the event.
There were two categories in the competition: a poem or a speech in Armenian and in English to be recited by the representatives of each house.
The evolution of the rhetorical brilliance from the 16th to the 20th century enthralled the audience as the metrical cadence of the participants surged onward from the temporal to the divine. Glimpses of the natural world, the indomitable human spirit fighting for a peaceful world, the essence of a guiding spirit – all were symptomatic of man striving towards the awe and majesty of his world articulated through the tempering of justice with mercy.
The audience, captivated by the modulations of enchanting rhythmic renditions, swayed with the sentiment of an enlightened pride of humanitarian glory and deep patriotic zeal.
The articulative excellence of the House representatives posed the judges with a challenge in their determination of the winning house. However, the dazzling delivery of the Trdat House, which was declared the winner, was truly a performance to be etched in memory for a long time. Vladimir Minasyan of Trdat House was adjudged the best speaker in English, while Luiza Gazilyan of the Trdat House was adjudged the best speaker in Armenian. The second position was awarded to the Tigran House.