Tagore lovers join to decry terror on 9/11

Last Updated: Mon, Sep 12, 2011 01:54 hrs

Kolkata: Singers, elocutionists, thinkers and commoners assembled at the historic Town Hall here with poems of Rabindranath Tagore on their lips denouncing terror today, as the 9/11 victims were remembered the world over.

"In his life Tagore had always spoken for tolerance. A character in his play Raktakarabi says: "Why there is so much blood?" He was one personality who always stood for giving space to each and everyone," eminent Bengali singer Lopamudra Mitra said.

Observing nothing can be more apt than commemorating the 9/11 tragedy than singing Tagore songs in the bard's 150th birth anniversary year, she said "the present strife, the acts of terror in Delhi and elsewhere are borne out of unrequited desire."

"And this had correctly been prophesied by Tagore in his literary works," Mitra said.

Theatre personality Dolly Basu affirmed remembering Tagore's works on this date would make the voice of the city heard against all forms of violence.

Tagore's words can be more eloquent than mere statements, Basu said and lent her voice to recitation of a script comprising Tagore's works, songs against violence accompanied by dance.

Veteran TV personality and elocutionist Pankaj Saha said Tagore would have been immensely pained by the wanton acts of violence and terror, taking place in recent times.

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