The 196th Anniversary of the foundation of the Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy (ACPA) was celebrated at the college auditorium on Sunday, April 02, 2017.
The occasion was graced by Arch Bishop of the Archdiocese of Calcutta, His Grace Thomas D’Souza as the Chief Guest, H.E. Mr. Armen Martirosyan, the Ambassador of Armenia to India as the Revered Guest, Principals and Directors of many renowned Schools and Academic Institutes as Distinguished Guests, Very Rev. Father Movses Sargsyan, Manager of Armenian College and Pastor of Armenians in India, Chairman, Wardens and members of the committee of the Holy Church of Nazareth, members of the Armenian Community of Kolkata, staff and students.
Armenian College was established in April 1821, by its benefactors Mr. Astwasatoor Mooradkhanian and Mr. ManatsakanVartanian.
The programme commenced with the Lord’s Prayer by Very Rev. Father Movses Sargsyan followed by the national anthems of Armenia, India and ACPA.
In his speech Most. Rev. Thomas D’Souza said,” It is said that the founders and the Armenian Community had this vision for ACPA mainly to prepare students to become good citizens with sound characters and appreciation for the Armenian language, culture heritage and the history.”
Thereafter, the audience was enthralled by a poetic drama in Armenian, adapted from the literary work of Hovhannes Tumanyan, “Tmbkaberdi Arum” The drama was followed by an Odissi dance and prize distribution of the students who stood first in their respective classes.
The management of the school introduced two Medal of Honor for the student with Best Conduct and Academics and the Best Sports Man of the year in which Sahak Karapetyan and Gevorg Mkrtchyan received respectively.
Thereafter, a play in English, adapted from Oscar Wilde’s “The Selfish Giant” was staged by the students of the School.
The School Choir then mesmerized the audience by their mellifluous rendition of songs in Armenian, English, Bengali and Latin.
There were Exhibitions on Fine arts, Embroidery and Environment Awareness in the Dining Hall.
The programme ended with the valedictory address by Very Rev. Father Movses Sargsyan,“I hope all students, both those who are still with us, and our senior students, will continue to work hard to utilize thoroughly this wonderful opportunity provided to them by our Armenian forefathers in India. Your future is in your hands, and while we will always be there to help you, the responsibility is on you to make your Alma Mater proud as you step out into the world.”
After the programme, the Anniversary Cake was distributed to everyone present in the dining hall of the School before dinner.
The evening was marked with a spirit of bonhomie filled with gratitude towards the Founders.