Two-day Tagore festival held in city

Cultural Correspondent
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017


A two-day Tagore festival ended at the Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library on August 5. Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpy Sangstha organised the festival to mark Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore’s 76th death anniversary, which was observed on August 6.


On the concluding day of the event artistes of BRSSS entertained the audience with solo and group rendition of Tagore songs. The festival commenced on August 4 with the chorus rendition of the National anthem Amar Sonar Bangla. Next artistes presented popular Tagore song Sommukhe Shanti Parabar at the programme.


Tagore singer Liton Chandra Baidya rendered the song Pub Hawa Te Dey Dola at the show, while Ahmed Shakil Hashmi presented the song Sraboner Dharar Moto Poruk Jhore to the audience’s delight.


Aniket Achriya rendered the song Akashjure Shuninu and Sanjida Rahman presented the song Na Bola Bani at the programme.


The opening day also included a short discussion. President of BRSSS noted signer Tapan Mahmud and general secretary of the organisation Sajed Akbar spoke at the programme.


On the occasion of the death anniversary, different cultural and social organizations arranged various programmes featuring discussion, musical soiree, dance performance and art exhibition. The Bangla Academy organised a discussion on Tagore’s life and works in its seminar hall which was followed by a cultural programme. Presided over by Tagore specialist Sanjida Khatun, professor Hayat Mamud read out a special essay on the poet.


State-run Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television and private radio and TV channels broadcasted strings of diverse programmes in remembrance of the great poet throughout the day.


The youngest of 14 siblings, Tagore was born in 1861 at Jorashanko in Calcutta, West Bengal and grew up in a rather elevated and much enlightened cultural environment to be a ruling landlord or ‘zamindar’ governing sprawling estates in Kushtia, Pabna and Rajshahi in the then East Bengal.


Tagore breathed his last in 1941 in Calcutta after living an eight decades of productive life after founding the world famous seat of learning Shantiniketan and writing thousands of songs, hundreds of exquisite short stories, great novels, plays and dance dramas.

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