On 14th January, 2017, Soi celebrated the 79th birthday of her Founder President Nabaneeta Dev Sen from 5 p.m. onward at the Triguna Sen Auditorium of Jadavpur University. Sankha Ghosh, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Alokranjan Dasgupta, Pabitra Sarkar, Ipsita Chanda, Chinmay Guha and and Anita Agnihotri were the guests of honour. Representatives of 'Krittibas' were also present at the event. While Sankha Ghosh, Alokranjan Dasgupta, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay and Pabitra Sarkar reminisced their experiences of Nabaneeta Dev Sen as a student, colleague and friend , Anita Agnihotri and Ipsita Chanda shared their fond memories of Nabaneeta di as a teacher, colleague and mentor. Chinmay Guha briefly discussed about the poetry of Nabaneeta Dev Sen.
A festschrift titled 'Nabaneeta 79' , published by 'Karigar' was released on this joyous occasion. In this collection, her students, colleagues, fellow writers and friends present essays on her academic and literary work and papers in fields she has significatly contributed to.
No celebration can be complete without some poetry and music. Pranati Thakur recited a couple of poems penned by Nabaneeta Dev Sen; Debarati Shome and Ranjini Mukhopadhyay enthralled all with their musical performances. The members of Soi conveyed love and respect for their beloved mentor with an audio collage designed sourcing contents from her writings in varied genre.
Chaitali Dasgupta was the graceful MC for the evening.