A five-day musical event arranged on the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore’s 155th birth anniversary comes to an end at the capital’s Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Central Public Library today.
To mark the Bengali polymath’s birth anniversary on May 7, Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha arranged the “27th Jatiyo Rabindra Sangeet Utshab” that commenced from May 4.
Noted educationist Professor Syed Anwar Hossain inaugurated the programme as the chief guest. On the opening day, an award was conferred upon eminent Tagore artiste Hamida Haque.
Today, on the 92nd birth anniversary of celebrated singer Kalim Sharafi, the organisers will felicitate noted artiste Papia Sarwar.
According to a press release, Tapan Mahmud, president of BRSS, said, “The objective of this festival is to spread Rabindra Sangeet among younger audiences. That’s why we encouraged the participation of the youth this year. Nearly a hundred new singers performed in this year’s festival.”
The event featured solo performances by 120 Tagore singers, in addition to chorus songs and recitations by different cultural groups of the country.
Rabindranath holds special significance in the hearts of Bangladeshis as his poems and songs had inspired the nation in its most difficult years. Moreover, the country had adopted one of his songs, Amar Sonar Bangla, as its national anthem.