This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved mother, granny, sister, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, aunt, teacher, organist, choir director and friend, Anjali SenGupta. Please contribute to celebrate her life by adding your tributes, photos, videos, and also stories and even songs to this website. Her legacy will last forever.

Click here to view the "celebration of life" memorial service held at St. Paul's Cathedral, Kolkata, on January 25th, 2019: Anjali SenGupta Memorial Service

Posted by Mihika Chaudhuri on December 5, 2019
There is not a note that i sing without thinking about Mrs Sengupta....for someone like me who never quite fit in anywhere else, it was her music room and the songs she taught us that made me feel like i belong. Every Christmas when i hear a carol being sung somewhere i naturally sing the harmony because she made me believe that i could :) ...i feel so proud to have been taught by her and miss her greatly
Posted by Shriya Bhargava-Sears on December 4, 2019
She would tap on my head when I was out of tune, which was often. She was a wonderful teacher and I loved music classes with her.
Posted by Tina Hennessy on December 2, 2019
I put on carols yesterday... Miss you more than ever. May you keep resting. Love and hugs to everyone you left behind.
Posted by Stuti Sinha on September 24, 2019
Her tunes, her beautifully manicured fingers gliding effortlessly on the piano, hymns like 'Holy Holy', 'Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace' and 'Morning Has Broken' have become a part of me forever. 

You are the reason, that my connection and passion for music grow without limits, Mrs. SenGupta. At a time, when I had a notion that a teacher who played English music, could perhaps only play English music, you accompanied me on the piano, as I sang during an Independence Day program - 'Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyaara Hai' by AR. Rahman. You made me sound good, but you made that song sound infinitely more beautiful than anyone would have ever imagined!

You are music,
And like music lives on forever, you live on in these memories forever.
Posted by Priyanka Khandelwal on June 7, 2019
I have such fond memories of my music class with Anjali Ma'am.Loved to be a part of the choir only because of her.She was so gentle,soft spoken,beautiful beyond words and last but not the least so down to earth.She has left a vacuum in our lives which can never be filled.May her soul rest in peace.
Posted by Dev Khare on May 5, 2019
I remember many Christmases spent in Cal, with many visits to Palace Court and to St Pauls for Sunday school and more. Aunty Anjali was always the center, directing what was going on and making sure everything was perfect. She will be missed greatly.
Sad to have so many in our family, including Aunty Anjali, Uncle Satyan and my mom (Uncle Satyan's sister) pass away at age when there was so much more ahead for them. Life is unpredictable... don't take family for granted... make the most of every moment you spend with them... experience now with family members what you otherwise have planned to do later...
Posted by Nidhi Mehta on April 7, 2019
I have such fond memories of my music classes with Anjali mam. Her personality was so mesmerizing... The perfectly worn sari, blow dried hair, well painted nails.... I was always in awe of her. I was a hopeless singer but she still empowered me to sing... I still remember the cuckooburra sits on the old gum tree and bimbo..... My favorites.... She will always remain in every martinians heart forever
Posted by Sutapa Ghosh Sarker on April 5, 2019
Ma'am was one of very few teachers I recollect lovingly, having passed out of this grand Institution long back in 1990. She was special and not only had a sweet voice but also a sweet nature, which is rare at all times. Losses like this somehow takes away a part of our childhood and no words seem quite enough to express the void. She was and will remain to be in my life forever. May her soul rest in eternal peace and God provide her family strength to live with this loss, as I personally believe that hurdles like losing a dear one can never be overcome in life. Best Regards...
Posted by Divya Goyal Himatsingka on April 4, 2019
1994 batch- I always ran in the music period to be the first on the step to sit next to ma’am. As a young girl always in awe of her. Her perfectly blow dried hair, her impeccable makeup and her perfectly ironed saree. She was a stunner and the best music teacher anyone could have asked for. Even after 25 years I can remember all the hymns taught by her. And her favourite chords for us to sit/ stand. All of us whose lives have been touched by her will always hold beautiful memories of her- as beautiful as she was!! Whoever didn’t have her- it’s purely their loss. There was no one who played and sang like her.
Posted by Monami Guha Das on April 4, 2019
Ma'am A Sengupta and her music are intrinsically woven with our childhood years in LMG. She was such a perfectionist! Our Founder's Day practices were truly amazing. Music in La Martiniere can never be same without her. We were fortunate to have had her. May your soul rest in peace Ma'am and may you continue to create magic through music wherever you are.
Posted by Soma Dey on April 3, 2019
We were bound by the melody, relief from regular class, the decoration of the singing copies, the undercurrent that ran amongst us to sit on the "stairs" nearer to the piano, nearer to you as such !! Meeting you last Founder's Day never gave any indication of it being the last meeting !! Keep on creating magic with those lovely hands n keep watching over all those who loved you dearly !!

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Posted by Mihika Chaudhuri on December 5, 2019
There is not a note that i sing without thinking about Mrs Sengupta....for someone like me who never quite fit in anywhere else, it was her music room and the songs she taught us that made me feel like i belong. Every Christmas when i hear a carol being sung somewhere i naturally sing the harmony because she made me believe that i could :) ...i feel so proud to have been taught by her and miss her greatly
Posted by Shriya Bhargava-Sears on December 4, 2019
She would tap on my head when I was out of tune, which was often. She was a wonderful teacher and I loved music classes with her.
Posted by Tina Hennessy on December 2, 2019
I put on carols yesterday... Miss you more than ever. May you keep resting. Love and hugs to everyone you left behind.
her Life

BIRTH AND EARLY YEARS

Anjali SenGupta was born on 15 December 1948 in Calcutta, India. She was the second of five children to Lalit Mohan and Bijoli Kundu, the other children being Jyoti, Amar, Ranjit and Dipak. She schooled at Mt. Hermon School, Darjeeling, before attending Loreto House College, Calcutta. She began piano lessons at the age of 6 and continued these throughout her school and college years: at The Calcutta School of Music, then at Mt. Hermon School, and again at Calcutta School of Music. Her special interest from an early age was Choral singing, which she continued to pursue in adulthood.

FAMILY

Anjali got engaged to Satyan SenGupta while she was attending Loreto House College. They were both part of the St. Paul’s Cathedral youth group where they had met. They were married on 13 January 1968. Nikhil was born in 1969 and Vivek in 1974. They subsequently married Yogita and Mayya respectively. Nikhil and Yogita had twins in 2007, Aalya and Rehan. Anjali’s grandkids were a source of great joy and happiness to her. She would very fondly follow their various extracurricular activities, Aalya with her gymnastics and sports, and Rehan with his music and piano playing. Satyan sadly passed away in 2010. She is survived by her two sons, Nikhil and Vivek, their wives Yogita and Mayya, and grandchildren Aalya and Rehan.

CAREER AND MUSIC

Anjali joined the Staff of La Martiniere for Girls from 1st July 1975, and retired in December 2010 after a long tenure of over 35 years. At first, she taught Singing in the Junior & Middle Schools, as well as English subjects in the Junior Section (English Language, Literature, Poetry/Elocution).After 9 yrs of teaching English there was a dearth of a Music Teacher for the Senior School, so she took on the portfolio of the entire Music Department, from the 2 and a half year olds to the 18 year olds for several years. Even when a music teacher was acquired for the Kindergarten Department, the littlest ones, in the Nursery, and from Class 3 up to the senior-most remained under her tutelage.

Her work comprised of playing for all Assemblies (three every morning), taking the Singing Classes for all age groups: Nursery to Class 10 in those years; playing for Sports Days’ March Past and Drill displays, training Choirs for special occasions like the Founder’s Day services in each section of La Martiniere for Girls; Junior School Concert items and musical plays were regular those days, and also preparing Junior and Middle School groups for Inter-School singing competitions.

Events involving the Senior school were for more prestigious & public performances, like on Founder’s Day, where a Choir of 100-150 girls would perform. Visitors like Heads of State Government and various Consulates had been the Chief guests.Working with the Chorus for musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof and Phantom of the Opera had also been part of her involvement. La Martiniere Sunday, when both the Girls’ and Boys’ Schools together hold a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, is an annual event. Mrs. SenGupta would play the Cathedral organ, as well as accompany the Girls’ Choir for a special anthem. One of her favourite highlights was presenting a Choir for the annual Carol Evening. The hard work it entailed over a very short period of time was stressful, but the joy of working with a smaller group (60/65) of the senior-most girls was very rewarding because of the fine quality of harmonious singing they were able to achieve.

A Special Commemoration for 150 years of La Martiniere, Kolkata, in 1986,with a grand Choir of 150 Girls and 150 Boys, as well as a huge Orchestra, for the landmark event made front page news. 300 voices in 4-part harmony singing with orchestral accompaniment added magnificence to the occasion. Likewise, the 175th year celebrations in 2010 began with an Opening Ceremony with not only a Choir of 100 school children, but also a Staff Choir of the Girls’& Boys’ Schools for the first time, trained by Anjali.

During Anjali’s years at LMG she was also House Mistress for Martin House from Jan 1984 - June 1986.

Anjali's special interest from an early age was Choral singing, which she continued to pursue in adulthood, singing with various Choral groups: the St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, The Calcutta Chorale, and The Funtastiques.

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Email from Mum (24 March 2017)

Shared by Vivek SenGupta on April 9, 2019

Hi,

When you get time listen to this Inspirational hymn from my school days:-

The Youtube link for When we walk with the Lord (Trust and Obey)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDpqBEEY6as

Also can hear Don Moen (well known singer sing the same number in his well-loved voice)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjWV_Kuxd2s&spfreload=5

With love and prayers

Shared by VL Dinpuii on April 2, 2019

Burgundy gleaming whorls of hair

Impeccably painted lips and nails
Fingers deftly flying over ebony and ivory keys
Ears cocked to the side alert for each missed note or disharmony
Warmth beaming from her core
A well of patience
Always asking after our well-being
Reminiscing about beloved Mt. Hermon
Ever present at school assemblies, events and functions,
Teaching us tunes, harmonies and relevant songs
That's how I will always remember her
RIP Miss Sengupta