Tagore’s 155th birth anniversary Sunday

Tagore’s 155th birth anniversary Sunday

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Dhaka – The 155th birth anniversary of Noble laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore will be celebrated across the country on Sunday.
The government and different socio-cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the birthday of the great poet.
A colourful event will be held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital where President Abdul Hamid will be present as the chief guest while Cultural Affairs Minister Assaduzzaman Noor will preside over it, says a unb report. This year the theme of Tagore’s birth anniversary is ‘Aspects of Rabindranath in 21st century ’. Tagore researcher Professor Sanat Kumar Saha will deliver a memorial speech on the theme at the event.
A cultural programme will also be held after discussion on life and works of Tagore.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) will organise a programme focusing on the folk related works of Tagore and an exhibition of his paintings will also be arranged.
Various programmes have been taken up to mark the day at Shilaidah in ushtia, Patisar in Naogaon and South Dighi in Khulna, the three districts that harbour the memories of Rabindranath Tagore.
Kushtia district administration has arranged a three-day programme marking the day.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages highlighting the colourful life of the noted poet and his contributions to Bengali language and literature.
Local administrations across the country will also arrange programmes marking the day.
The Cultural Affairs Ministry and Bangla Academy will publish a commemorative booklet and posters marking Tagore’s 155th birth anniversary.
Dhaka University will observe the day with due respect to the great poet of Bengali literature. Bangla Academy will hold a discussion meeting and cultural programme at its premises.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private television channels will air the inaugural function and other sessions of the state-level programme.
Bangladesh missions abroad will also celebrate the day holding various programmes.
Tagore, also known as Bhanusimha Thakur, was a poet, visual artist, playwright, novelist, as well as a composer whose works reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Born on May 7 in 1861 at Jorasanko mansion in Kolkata, he was the youngest of 13 surviving children of Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi.
He became Asia’s first Nobel laureate after winning the Nobel Prize in literature for his mesmerised book Gitanjali in 1913.
Two songs from his canon are now the national anthems of Bangladesh and India — Amar Sonar Bangla (My Golden Bengal) and Jana Gana Mana, respectively.
Tagore wrote novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays on political and personal topics. Gitanjali, Gora, and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World), Chokher Bali are among his best-known works.

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