Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated all associated with Chhayanaut, a Bangladeshi cultural organisation, as it has been named for prestigious Tagore Award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to cultural harmony.
Modi conveyed this through a tweet message on Saturday.“Set up in 1961, Chhayanaut, has played a vital role in promoting Gurudev Tagore’s works in Bangladesh and globally. Chhayanaut was part of Bangladesh’s freedom movement, even when Rabindra Sangeet was banned in East Pakistan! Congratulations to everyone associated with it,” he said in the message.
According to Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, the jury, under the chairmanship of Narendra Modi, unanimously selected Chhayanaut to receive the Tagore Award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to cultural harmony.The award carries: an amount of Rs1 crore (1 INR=1.17 BDT), a citation in a scroll, a plaque, as well as an exquisite traditionally-handcrafted item.
Established in 1961, Chhayanaut has played a leading role in promoting Tagore’s works as well as Bangali culture, music, and literature— all around the globe.It has built a close bridge of understanding and cultural exchange between Bangladesh and India; especially with West Bengal.