Tuesday, 24 May, 2022
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Cultural arena celebrates Tagore’s 161st birth anniversary today

Today is the 161st birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Different socio-cultural organisations across the country have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day.  

The main event will be held at the Rabindra Kuthibari at Shilaidaha of Kumarkhali upazila of Kushtia district. Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will be the Chief Guest at the programme.

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has organised a discussion and cultural programme at National Theatre Hall at 07:00pm. BSA will also organise an art camp titled ‘Rong Tulilte 'Biswakobi’ in Dhaka, Shilaidaha in Kushtia, Shahjadpur in Sirajganj, Patisar in Naogaon and Dakshin Dihi and Pithabhoge in Khulna. 

Besides, a 15-day exhibition of Tagore’s paintings will be held at National Art Gallery (hall 3) at BSA from May 8 to May 22. 

Chhayanaut, leading cultural organisation of the country, will celebrate Rabindra Jayanti with two-day cultural programmes. 

Besides, television channels will air an array of special programmes marking the day. 

Popular private TV channel ATN Bangla will air a music programme titled ‘Purono Shei Diner Kotha’ at 10:30pm today. Tagore singer Kaderi Kibria will rend some popular songs from Rabindranath Tagore at the programme.  

Rabindranath Tagore was a poet, artist, playwright, novelist, as well as a composer, whose works reshaped Bangla literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The youngest of thirteen surviving children, Tagore, nicknamed ‘Rabi’, was born on Baishakh 25 in 1268 (May 7, 1861) in Jorasanko Mansion in Kolkata to Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi.

His novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to topics political and personal.

Tagore is often referred to as “the Bard of Bengal”.

Tagore’s contribution to Indian literature is considered unparalleled. His legacy also endures in the institution Visva-Bharati University he founded.

Tagore introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit.

He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of the modern Indian subcontinent, being highly commemorated in India and Bangladesh, as well as in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan.

The legendary poet of Bangla literature breathed his last in Kolkata on August 7 in 1941, which falls on Sraban 22 of Bangla calendar.