Bengal celebrates Rabindra Jayanti

Last Updated: Tue, May 08, 2012 14:20 hrs

West Bengal celebrated the 151st birth anniversary of world bard Rabindranath Tagore on Tuesday with several cultural events across the eastern state.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declared the day as a state holiday.

Programmes were organized at Tagore´s ancestral home Jorasanko Thakur Bari and Visva-Bharati University established by him in Bolpur town of West Bengal.

Students as well as popular artists were seen celebrating the day in Jorasanko Thakur Bari by dancing to the tunes of Tagore´s composition, singing his songs and reciting his poems.

The occasion was also celebrated by Mamata Banerjee government at state secretariat Writers´ Building in Kolkata.

In schools and colleges, students dressed themselves up in traditional sarees and kurtas and participated in ´Rabindra Jayanti´ celebration.

Even social networking sites were buzzing on Tuesday with netizens expressing their love for Tagore.

Bengali actor Swastika Mukherjee tweeted: "Pochishey Boishakh! Kobi Guru...tomay pronaam! Aaj shudhu rabindrasangeet, 2 celebrate come over 2 Starmark,sthcty, 4pm!"

Music director Vishal Dadlani wrote on his micro-blogging site homepage: "Rabindranath Tagore´s b´day. Indians need to BE "Minds without Fear", not just read it. We need to LIVE ´Ekla Cholo Re´, not live in fear."

Singer Shreya Ghoshal tweeted: "Rabindranath Tagore continues to inspire us in every step of our life. 25´e boishakh (his birthday) celebrations begin today:)"

"Where the mind is without fear n the head is held high Where knowledge is free.. Into that heaven of freedom,my Father, let my country awake," she added.

Director Sujoy Ghosh remarked: "Its Rabindranath Tagore´s happy birthday today :) I continue to live my life on his one single teaching.. " not afraid, walk alone.."

Keeping the occasion in mind, ORION Entertainment has come up with an album titled 'Tinnir Aponjon'.

Earlier on Monday, Arup Biswas, the Minister of State, Youth services (Independent Charges), Housing (Independent Charges) and Parliamentary Affairs was present at the occasion to do the honours for unveiling of the album at Kalamandir.

"Yet again we are here with a unique audio album based on Rabindranath Tagore´s philosophy, his music and poetry. We have always believed in such content which will not only ensure commercial success but also add value to our social life," said Suvojit Roy, CEO of ORION Entertainment.

Tagore became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.

He modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures.

His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to topics ranging from political and personal.

Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced), and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are his best-known works, and his verse, short stories, and novels were acclaimed-or panned-for their lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism, and unnatural contemplation.

His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India´s ´Jana Gana Mana´ and Bangladesh´s ´Amar Shonar Bangla´.

(Reporting by Supriyo Hazra)

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