Kolkata, May 10 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Pochishe Boishakh (25th day of Boishakh, the first month in the Bengali calendar), the birthday of Tagore which this year falls on May 9, is always remembered with cultural programmes, but this year was special since it marks the 150th anniversary of his birth.
Like always, the poet’s birthday was celebrated with a plethora of cultural events – songs, poetry, plays, and much more. A wave of love, respect, emotions and mostalgia swept the nation on the 150th birth anniversary of the world poet.
Tagore’s ancestral Jorasanko house in Kolkata reverberated with the countless footfalls of his ardent followers on Monday. Since morning men, women, young and old thronged the precincts of the Jorasanko house, now the Rabindra Bharati University, as songs, recitations, dance and drama turned the premises into a hub of cultural ferment.
[ReviewAZON asin=”8126907614″ display=”inlinepost”]The Tagore lovers garlanded the bust of the Nobel laureate and paid tribute with spontaneous performances.
Elsewhere in the city and rest of West Bengal, including Santiniketan, the abode of peace and learning founded by Tagore, people participated in large number in the cultural programmes.
India’s political royalty was in full presence in Parliament in New Delhi to pay their respects to the philosopher and poet.
Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Speaker of Lok Sabha Meira Kumar, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Chairman of the BJP Parliamentary Party L.K. Advani and other dignitaries paid tributes at the portrait of Tagore at the Central Hall of Parliament House.
New Delhi is holding a film festival based on Rabindranath Tagore’s works.
The three-day film festival is being presented by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India in collaboration with Directorate of Film Festivals, Films Division of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Viigyan Bhawan.
During the festival eight films are being screened, mostly by the late film maestro Satyajit Ray.
This year India and Bangladesh have joined hands to celebrate the birth anniversary of Tagore.
An international conference on Tagore’s Universalism was held in New Delhi, Kolkata and Dhaka. The two-day conference in New Delhi on May 7-8 took up subset of themes such as “Individual & the Universe”, “The Samaja & the Universe” and “Towards Universal Humanism”.
A delegation from Bangladesh visited India in connection with the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore.
A special exhibition “Circle of Art: The Three Tagores” was inaugurated on Saturday by Air Vice Marshal, A. K. Khandker, Planning Minister, Govt. of Bangladesh, and Kumari Selja, Minister of Culture and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1951) and Gaganendranath Tagore (1867-1938), three of the pioneering figures of modern Indian art, are being shown together from a new perspective.
The exhibition Circle of Art: The Three Tagores at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi explores their milieu, their individual temperaments and their search for a new visual language, using amongst other genres, fantasy, mystery and romanticism.
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee earlier said that the Central Government has endeavoured to focus on projects and programmes that are of enduring value and take forward the rich legacy of Tagore internationally.
He said that for about 15 years (1992-2007), Ministry of Culture was operating a Scheme of Multipurpose Cultural Complexes (MPCCs), to support state-sponsored bodies in setting up integrated cultural complexes for fostering activities in various cultural fields like music, dance, drama, literature, fine arts, etc.
Photos: Avishek Mitra