With a commitment for the liberation of mankind and world peace the 74th death anniversary of Asia's first Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore was observed throughout the country with due solemnity.
At Bangla Academy a lecture session and cultural function was held to commemorate the day.
Speakers recalled the great contribution of Tagore to human civilization and his influence in the creation of a non-communal and humane society and state.
Chaired by the director general of Bangla Academy, Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan the lecture was delivered by Dr Begum Akhtar Kamal, professor of Bengali department, University of Dhaka.
Dr Akhtar in her speech said Tagore decried parochial nationalism and more so after the horrors of World War I. He actively participated in the anti-fascist peace movement.
He was also critical of colonialism and capitalism and visualized an inclusive and egalitarian society.
Discussing on the topic, Dr Anisuzzaman said that Tagore's thoughts on war and peace evolved over time. He saw the destructive plunder of imperialists and colonialists and desired an inclusive humanist uprising.
He felt that Tagore's thoughts on peace were relevant today.
The chairman said that when the Middle East and Africa were being torn asunder by strife Tagore becomes even more topical.
During the cultural session Bhashwar Bondopadhya recited from Tagore's poems, while Sadi Mohammad, Aditi Mohsin and Mokbul Hossain rendered Tagore songs.
Elsewhere in the country the anniversary was celebrated with due solemnity.
In Naogaon's Patishar where the poet spent much of his productive years a lecture session and cultural program was organized at the premises of the Tagore bungalow. The main initiative of the program was taken by local legislator Md Israfil Alam, while Dr Amirul Mominin Chowdhury, director of the Institute of Fine Arts, Khulna University was the main speaker.
This is the first time such a celebration was done at Patishar.
Reports from Barisal also said that a similar function was organized there.