Today is the 80th death anniversary of Biswakobi Rabindranath Tagore. Different social-cultural organisations, satellite television channels and radio stations have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day.
In memory of the Nobel laureate poet, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has organised a discussion and cultural programme titled ‘Apna Majhe Shokti Dhoro Nijere Koro Joy’. The programme will stream live at the YouTube channel and Facebook page of BSA at 10am today.
‘Paila Number’, a drama based on the story of Rabindranath Tagore, will be aired on Bangladesh Televison (BTV) after 10pm English news tonight. Produced by Mahfuza Akhter, the play stars Ramij Raju, Golam Kibria Tanvir, Sabrina Shafi Nisa, Hasnat Ripon, Tonmoy Shohel, Borhan Babu, Uttom Adhikari, Moniruzzaman Moni and others.
Channel i will also air a day-long programme to mark the Rabindranath’s death anniversary today.
The channel will air a film titled ‘Shasthi’, based on Rabindranath short story at 03:05pm. Directed by Chashi Nazrul Islam, the film stars Riaz, Purnima, Ilias Kanchan, Champa, Ahmed Sharif, ATM Shamsuzzaman and others.
The channel will also air special programme titled ‘Sraboner Purnima’ at 07:40pm. Thespian Asaduzzaman Noor will recite poems from Rabindranath Tagore and noted Tagore singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya will perform songs at the programme.
Pronayoni, a drama, will be aired on Ntv at 09:30pm. Directed by Golam Sohrab Dodul, the play stars Rownak Hasan, Tareen Jahan, Monoz Pramanik, Khalilur Rahman Kaderi, Bakar Bakul, Bappy Saif and others.
Rownak Hasan and Tareen Jahan starrer drama ‘Modhobortini’ will be aired on Rtv at 08:00pm.
Noted Tagore Singer Rezwana Chowdhury Bannaya will perform Boishakhi TV’s ‘Shokaler Gaan’. Produced by Litu Solaiman, the programme will be aired at 08:20pm.
Duronto Television will be broadcast two short films ‘Madho’ and ‘Dakghor’ for children. Both of the short films have been financed by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and produced by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Directed by Sumona Siddique, ‘Madho’ based on Tagore’s short story in the same title, will be aired at 3:00pm. Actors Azad Abul Kalam, Nazneed Hasan Chumki, S.M. Mohsin, Maznun Mizan, Alok Basu, Kazi Ujjal, Raiyan (Madho), Joyeth Kalyan, Mahin, Mahi Rahman Dhrubo and others will be seen in the film.
While ‘Dakghor’ will be aired just after ‘Madho’ on Television. Mehedi Amin Ashraf Srabon, Jahangir Alam, Jhuna Chowdhury, Khalid Mahbub Turja, Md. Iqbal Hossain, Sharif Hossain Emon, Md. Mahbudul Islam Mithu, Showmitra Deb, Shotej Chowdhury, Apurba Rupkatha and Sadia Afroze Shilpi will play different roles in ‘Dakghor’.
Born on May 7, 1861, Bangla 25th Baishakh in 1268, in the Jorasanko mansion in Calcutta, Rabindranath Tagore requires little introduction.
The poet, novelist, playwright, lyricist has been one of the those few influential figures who provided a definite shape and direction to Bengali literature.
A cultural icon, his work bears testimony to his immeasurable talent and his great foresight. It would not be too far-fetched to claim that the bard has written about every emotion that does exists.
In 1913, he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work, Gitanjali. The beauty of Tagore’s work lies in their undying relevance and their ability to speak to every individual at different age groups.
A Pirali Brahmin from Calcutta with ancestral gentry’ roots in Jashore, Tagore wrote poetry as an eight-year-old.
At age sixteen, he released his first substantial poems under the pseudonym Bhā nu siṃha, which were seized upon by literary authorities as long-lost classics.
As an exponent of the Bengal Renaissance, he advanced a vast canon that comprised paintings, sketches and doodles, hundreds of texts, and some two thousand songs; his legacy endures also in the institution he founded, Visva-Bharati University.
Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to topics political and personal.
The legendary poet of Bangla literature breathed his last in Kolkata on August 7 in 1941, which falls on Sraban 22 of Bangla calendar.