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Remembering Tagore, the polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music

  • Published at 06:54 am May 8th, 2021
Rabindranath Tagore Wikimedia Commons

The legendary poet's birth anniversary goes online for the second year in a row

With the ongoing second wave of Covid-19 barring artistes to showcase their performances in front of live audiences, the 160th birth anniversary of Noble Prize-winning Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore is being observed online on Saturday.

Just like last year, several cultural organisations have chalked out a handful of virtual events to celebrate the occasion with rich tributes to the Bengali polymath through performances and lecture on his life and works.

Chhayanaut, Bangladesh Shipakala Academy, Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) and others will pay tribute to the Noble Laureate litterateur by organising online programmes with esteemed artists from home and abroad.

Country’s leading cultural organisation Chhayanaut is set to host a cultural event titled Dhor’ Nirbhoy Gaan, which is scheduled to be streamed live from Chhayanaut's YouTube and Facebook group at 9pm on Saturday.

Chhayanaut Secretary-General Laisa Ahmed Lisa said: “On this glorious occasion during this pandemic, may his messages of harmony unite us against the odds, and channelling those messages to the admirers of Rabindranath Tagore and his majestic creations is the purpose of our program.”

This marks the second consecutive year of Chhayanaut’s virtual celebration -- last year, it organized an event titled “Oi Mohamanob Ashe,” streamed live on its YouTube channel named Chhayanaut Digital-Platform and its official Facebook group.

Shipakala Academy is also hosting a virtual event featuring cultural performances and discussions on the life and majestic creations of Tagore on its Facebook page from 11am.

The event will be joined by Cultural Affairs Secretary Md Badrul Arefin, academy Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky, renowned Rabindrasangeet artiste Tapan Mahmud, singer Nobonita Chowdhury, dance maestro Sharmila Bandyopadhyay, recitation artist Dalia Ahmed and many more.

IGCC will stream an online program on its Facebook page at 7:30 pm on Saturday. The program is scheduled to be joined by renowned artists from Bangladesh and India.

One of the world's leading institutes for research and programs on South Asia, the Institute for South Asia Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is hosting another virtual event to celebrate Tagore’s birth anniversary at 10pm on Saturday, with cultural presentations of esteemed artistes from Bangladesh and India.

The event, titled “Pochishe Boishakh: Celebrating the Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore at UC Berkeley,” will be telecast on the Facebook page of ISAS.

Bangladesh Rabindrasangeet Shilpi Sangstha Dinajpur will stream a live program on its Facebook page at 9:30pm. The program will feature cultural performances including songs, recitations and discussions by artistes from both Bangladesh and India.

Besides, various television and radio channels are scheduled to host a number of programs on the day.

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