Russian Centre of Science & Culture (RCSC) in Dhaka, in cooperation with the Bangladeshi-Russian Friendship Society, Muktijuddho Academy, the Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA) and the Kanthashilon arranged a cultural event to mark the 87th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore visit to Russia. The event was held on October 8 at RCSC, Dhanmondi in the city. Journalist Zahid Reza Noor led the creative team of the elocutionists.
Rabindranath Tagore fascinated not only the people of this region but those from other parts across the globe as well. Russia was not an exception as Tagore casted the magical spell of his creations on the Russian people when he visited that county in 1930. The poet’s visit to Soviet Union was really important for him as his philosophical spirit was touched by the Soviet people’s lifestyle, educational systems and social life. Tagore wrote in his Letters of Russia that he learnt so many things about humanity and unity from the Soviet people.
The main purpose of the event was to attract the attention of Bangladeshi participants and, above all, the younger generation, to the literary heritage of Tagore and his role in establishing and developing cultural ties between the peoples of two countries.
Secretary General of the Friendship Society Professor Md. Shahidulla Sikder; President of Muktijuddho Academy of Bangladesh, writer, historian Abul Kalam Azad; Director of Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts Monjur Morshed Jewel and deputy editor-in-chief of the Daily Prothom Alo Zahid Reza Noor spoke at the programme. The speakers highlighted the poet’s life and works, especially his attitude to the cultural heritage of Russia.
After the discussion, a dance performance and musical soiree were held where young dancers and musical troupe of the Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts performed at the event. An interesting literary and musical composition based on the works of Rabindranath Tagore was also performed by a group of elocutionists of “Kanthashilon” under the direction of Zahid Reza Noor.
After the completion of the cultural part of the programme, the participants of the children’s dance group of Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts and the readers of “Kanthashilon” were awarded. They received certificates and bouquets from the Russian Centre of Science & Culture.