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In February 1959 , the American extravaganza ‘Holiday on Ice” was staged in Calcutta.

The build-up to the show was tremendous. For weeks before ,the papers were full of it . Throughout the city, huge billboards and banners proclaimed the show.

A huge ice staking rink was to be installed by an American contractor Worthington Simpson - an undertaking that had never before been attempted. The mind boggled at the very thought of so much ice being conjured up in a hot ,tropical environment like Calcutta. The city was agog with anticipation – thousands waited with bated breath , in eager anticipation of the events to come..

The pageant was staged in the evening . I went along with my parents and a friend of theirs. To say that it was spectacular would be understating it. It was absolutely stupendous …. Men and women dressed in gorgeous costumes twirling and swirling on the ice floor…the music , the exquisite choreography ….the entire ambience….everything building up to the grand finale. The audience ,in their thousands , were absolutely entranced and mesmerized - caught up and swept along in the magic of the moment ..never having seen anything like it before..


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RJKT


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