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Tagore’s 158th birth anniversary Wednesday

  • Published at 08:49 pm May 7th, 2019
Rabindranath Tagore Wikimedia Commons

The government and different socio-cultural organizations have chalked out elaborate programs to celebrate the day in a befitting manner

The 158th birth anniversary of internationally acclaimed poet Rabindranath Tagore will be celebrated across the country on Wednesday, the 25th of Boishakh in the Bangla calender.

The government and different socio-cultural organizations have chalked out elaborate programs to celebrate the day in a befitting manner, reports UNB.

Bangla Academy will organize an event featuring a keynote speech, Rabindra Award 2019 ceremony, and a cultural function at its Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium.

Researchers Prof Akter Kamal and Prof Shafiuddin Ahmed, and Rabindra Sangeet singer Iqbal Ahmed will be honoured with “Rabindra Puroshkar 2019” at the event.

A three-day festival will begin Wednesday at Shilaidaha Kuthibari (Tagore Lodge) in Kushtia to celebrate the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

Deputy Commissioner of Kushtia and chairman of the celebration committee Md Aslam Hossain told BSS that on the occasion of his 158th birth anniversary, an elaborate program has been chalked out by the Cultural Ministry, Kushtia District Administration, and Archeology Department.

The Kuthibari has been renovated and decorated for the occasion.

The program will be inaugurated by acting Awami League general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif.

Tagore was a poet, artist, playwright, novelist, as well as a composer, whose works reshaped Bangla literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Born on May 7, 1861 (25th of Boishakh in 1268 Bangla Shon) at Jorasanko Mansion in Kolkata, he was the youngest of 13 surviving children of Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi.

He became Asia's first Nobel laureate after winning the Nobel Prize in literature for his book of poems, Gitanjali (Song Offerings), in 1913.

Two of his songs became national anthems of Bangladesh and India – Amar Sonar Bangla and Jana Gana Mana - respectively.

Tagore wrote novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays on political and personal topics. “Gitanjali,” “Gora,” and “Ghare-Baire,” and “Chokher Bali” are among his best-known works.

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