An ongoing classroom session at the Rabindra Bharati University kicked off a controversy after students and teachers were captured in a footage dancing to the tunes of Baul songs on November 12.
Among the dozen male and female staff members was university registrar Subrata Ghosh,who says the intention behind the dance session was to pep up the teaching staff as well as the baul singers.
On November 10 and 11,to welcome the freshers,a function was organised where a baul team had performed. It had stayed back at the university after the performance. Before leaving the next day,they came to meet the Vice-Chancellor (Sabyasachi Basu Roy Chowdhury) but because he was not there,they were brought to me. They requested if they could sing a couple of songs. When they started singing,other staff members from the adjoining rooms came to my cabin. Out of excitement,some of them requested if they could dance a bit to which I agreed. Later,they requested me to join them as well. Since we work as a team,and thinking it would boost their morale and pep up the team spirit,I danced with them, Ghosh told The Indian Express over the phone.
He added that someone must have shot it on a mobile phone and released it to the electronic media which has presented news in a bad light.
On the controversy the incident has kicked up,Ghosh said: In hindsight,I think I shouldnt have danced that day.
When contacted,the V-C said he would look into it. If they had been singing and dancing inside the campus and within office hours,it is definitely uncalled for. We will start an inquiry and find out what exactly had happened, he said.
The students,meanwhile,believe they should not be reprimanded as teachers and the registrar himself were dancing during working hours.