The Bodleian Library has launched an appeal to raise £85,000 by 6 January 2009 in order to conserve a manuscript of the first opera written in English.‘Erismena’ was written by Pietro Franceso Cavalli and was probably performed in England for the first time during the 1670s.The Bodleian is trying to acquire the manuscript after it was sold from the Music faculty’s collection in 1797.The aim to raise £85,000 for ‘Erismena’ has become part of the ‘Oxford Thinking’ campaign, which hopes to raise £1.25bn for the University as a whole.Emma Kirkby, an Honorary Doctor of Music at Oxford University, said, “I am tremendously excited to hear that an entire Cavalli opera manuscript has survived – in an English translation, decades before Handel came to this country, and that there is a chance for the Bodleian Library to acquire this landmark of our musical history. I earnestly hope the means can be found to achieve this.”
Our Sports ReporterGuwahati: The CBSE Cluster-1 (East Zone) Under 17 & 19 Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament 2018-19, kicked off today at Miles Bronson Residential School (MBRS), Borjhar.The inauguration ceremony of the tournament was graced by P. I. Sabu, Regional Director, CBSE, Guwahati as the Chief Guest.A total of 30 CBSE schools encompassing the NE, including the host MBRS have participated in the tournament out of which 19 are U-19 boys and 12 are U-19 girls teams. However in U-17 Boys and Girls categories, there are 15 and 13 teams respectively.Dr. N. K. Dutta, the Founder and Principal of the host school MBRS, extended a warm welcome to all the participating CBSE schools encompassing the entire NE region to MBRS.The Chief Guest P. I. Sabu, Regional Director, CBSE, Guwahati in his address extended greetings and good-luck to all the participants and made a clarion call to all to maintain a congenial atmosphere throughout the tournament and to build a splendid camaraderie to fulfil the real cause of organizing this Cluster matches. Sabu also declared the opening of the tournament.