Bengal observes Tagore's 151st anniversary

PTI Kolkata | Updated on November 15, 2017 Published on May 08, 2012

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The 151st birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore was observed all over West Bengal on Tuesday with cultural programmes showcasing songs, poems and other forms of Tagore works.

The state government organised a cultural event on Cathedral Road outside Rabindra Sadan where leading singers and elocutionists left the audience spellbound.

Breaking away from the tradition of having the event in the morning, it was decided that to hold it from 2 p.m. till late evening so that more people could attend, officials said.

Besides recitals by veteran singers, Bengali bands Bhoomi, Dohar and Chandrabindoo also performed there while danseuse Alokananda Roy presented a dance-drama.

At Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan set up by the bard, the day began early with students singing the Baitalik (prayer songs).

A special prayer was also held at Udayan, the house where Tagore had celebrated his last birthday in 1941. In the evening, students stage Tagore's dance-drama Chandalika.

Four books on Tagore was released on the occasion at Santiniketan. One of them is on 150th birth anniversary celebrations by Bangladeshi poet and critic Anisuzzaman.

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Published on May 08, 2012
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