St. Xavier's College Celebrates the Completion of it's 150 Years as Country's Educational Pioneer
by EVENTFAQS Bureau Marketing | January 11, 2019 | News
St. Xavier’s College, a renowned institution of not only Mumbai’s, but also, the country’s educational, cultural and architectural fabric, completes 150 years in 2019. Many luminaries have passed out of the college and made a name for themselves in the fields of sport, business, films, theatre, music, politics, journalism, science and many others. All of them attribute their success to their years at the hallowed college and the sense of freedom and values it imparted. This very spirit is encapsulated in the centenary motto ‘Made of Xavier’s’.
To mark the occasion, a Fundraising Alumni Dinner was organised in Mumbai where alumni of the college attended in large numbers to reminisce about the times spent there. Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. conceptualised the event along with the Core Organising team of the college and executed the event, lending it the grandeur and scale befitting the glorious occasion. The Wizcraft team worked closely with the St Xavier’s management to put up a show which brought together illustrious alumni and present-day students on the same stage.
The event, hosted by Xavier’s alumna Mandira Bedi saw alumni and stalwarts across various fields like Shabana Azmi, Rajdeep Sardesai, Sunil Gavaskar, MM Somaya, Cyrus Broacha, Dr. Adil Chagla, Shobha De, Punam Chadha Joseph, Asha Naithani, Ashley Lobo, Kim Cardoz, Rhys D’Souza, Ronojit Bhuyan, Ronojit Chatterjee, Shahriyar Atai, Ella Castellino, Lara Pinto and Anushka Jagtiani along with Xavier Moms Merlin D’Souza and Sunita Bhuyan. They fondly relived their best years in the college and paid homage to their alma mater through celebration of nostalgia, conversations, narrations and performances.
The Dinner also witnessed a specially scripted and choreographed musical by Darryl Loyola, Rachel Lewis, written by Anita Sarkar, Ruby Pavri, Satish DeSa, and Peter Griffin featuring The Jesuit Beatles, alumni of the college, as well as, students and teachers as singers and dancers trained by DanceWorX. A dash of nostalgia, a smattering of memorable performances, a healthy dose of entertainment, all enlivened by lively conversation. Wizcraft ensured that the Fundraising Alumni Dinner was a true reflection of the glory and stature of the institution that is St Xavier’s College.
Father Roy, SJ Director of Xavier Development Programme and Vice Principal Academics of St. Xavier’s College congratulated the team saying, “Wizcraft and Sabbas helped us put up a show worthy of the sesquicentenary celebrations. The venue design was out of this world and their ability to pull everything together was praise worthy. I had a great time interacting with so many from the Wiz team many of whom were Xavierites.”
Said Professor Nandini Sardesai, Former Head of Department, Sociology, St. Xavier’s College, “Working with Wizcraft was a wonderful learning experience. The inaugural function to mark the 150 years of St. Xavier’s College was a fundraising dinner. The inputs given by Wizcraft made it a classy event. The feedback from those alumni present has been overwhelming and an emotional connect has been established. Now an awareness needs to be created in civil society and Xavierite alumni so that donors and sponsors are reached out to support and help the college. The social skills of Wizcraft must be utilised to generate interest and follow-up action. Thank you Wizcraft for being there. It means a lot! You made it possible!”
Speaking on the occasion, alumnus and Co-Founder-Director, Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Sabbas Joseph said, “Made of Xavier’s is a motto that resonates with each and everyone who has spent time in Xavier’s. I personally have learned some of life’s most important lessons during my days at Xavier’s. The seed of qualities which we cherish today like creativity, freedom of thought, leadership and honesty found ground in those formative years and have powered all of us through life’s journey. Today, I feel deeply humbled and at the same time proud that Wizcraft, along with myself, could be a part of the sesquicentennial celebrations.”
The list of generous donors and sponsors who helped make this celebration a grand success were Godrej, Thermax, Bru, Furtados, Kingfisher and Bacardi Martini India Limited.
Wizcraft got the mandate to execute the sesquicentennial celebrations of St. Xavier's 150 years completion.