Thursday, 11 August, 2022
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Cultural arena observes Tagore’s death anniversary today

The cultural arena of the country will observe the 81st death anniversary of Bishwakabi Rabindranath Tagore today in a befitting manner.

Different cultural organisations, satellite television channels and radio stations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.

Bangladesh Television (BTV) will air special programmes on the occasion. The programmes include plays, literary, musical and poetry reading.

Based on Tagore’s short story Nishithe, the drama ‘Nishithe’ will be aired at 9:00 pm. The drama is produced by Monirul Hasan and scripted by Nima Rahman. The drama stars Intekhab Dinar, Ahsan Habib Nasim, Doyel, Uttam Chakraborty, Manoj Sengupta, Apu Noman, Gazi Rokan and Tama. 

A special music programme will also be broadcast at 9:00 am. Poetry recitation programme will be telecast at 11:00 am and 6.20 pm. The drama ‘Raktakarbi’ will be aired on BTV at 11:30 am. A special programme will be aired at 10:25 pm. Anchored by Tropa Majumdar, Jayant Chattopadhyay read poems in the programme. Bulbul Islam, Laisa Islam, Tuhin Islam and others have sung Tagore songs.

Channel i will air a special episode of ‘Gaan Diye Suru’ at 7:30 am. Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, Lily Islam, Anima Roy and other artistes of Surer Dharae will perform in the programme.

Banglavision will air a special programme ‘Pran Chai Chakshu Na Chai’ at 6:10pm. Anchored by Shimul Mustafa, Tagore singer Debolina Sur will present as a guest in the programme.

Tagore singer Anima Roy appeared as a guest in the special episode of Banglavision’s regular morning programme ‘Din Pratidin’. Produced by Afia Brishti, the programme will be telecast at 8:30 am.

The youngest of thirteen surviving children, Tagore, nicknamed ‘Rabi’, was born on 25th of Bengali month of Baishakh 1268 (May 7, 1861) in the Jorasanko mansion in Calcutta to Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi.

In his long seven decades of endeavors in different genres of Bangla literature, the great poet enriched the Bangla language and literature and elevated their positions in the global arena.

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

Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced) and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are his best-known works and his verse- short stories, and novels-were acclaimed-or panned-for their lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism, and unnatural contemplation.

Author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”, Rabindranath became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.

Sometimes referred to as “the Bard of Bengal”, Tagore’s poetic songs were viewed as spiritual and mercurial.

His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: Bangladesh’s Amar Shonar Bangla and India’s Jana Gana Mana. The Sri Lankan national anthem was inspired by his work.

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