It was interesting to see a jampacked hall at the Sovabazar natmandir actively participating in a debate on whether Bengali identity was on the decline. There were some who looked for that identity in food and sartorial habits, the tendency to keep arguing over minor issues, the random use of English words in daily conversation and even the practice of reading Tagore in translations rather than in the original. It was a debate that drew powerful opinion on both sides. One side was convinced that change was inevitable. Tradition had to be broken in order to recognise the power of technology and the growth of new ideas. But that didn’t shake the foundations of a culture that has produced icons who are respected even by the forces of change. There was the other side who believed that identity was rapidly fading under social pressures. Organisations like Sutanuti Parishad may still be experimenting with old values like an to a sumptuous bhoj with a dress code of saris for women and delicately pleated dhotis for men. But that can only happen in a place of heritage setting that pleases the Governor and ensures a victory for the debating team which reaffirms that Bengali identity is alive and kicking. All that was part of an unrelenting effort by Sutanuti Parishad to revive an awareness of one&’s roots. In its 25th year, the organisation has produced a compilation that is loaded with information and carries photographs of personalities who have been felicitated because they have done the city proud. Gopinath Ghosh on behalf of the organization promises to sustain the efforts to keep alive the heritage that inspires and produces a colourful celebration every year. If folk, puratani and memories of Kanan Devi in her centenary year can survive in the digital era, it is proof that the past can merge into the present with fruitful results.