Different cultural organisations observed the 77th anniversary of death of Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore on Monday by organising diverse programmes at different venues in the capital.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy observed the day by organising a cultural show and discussion at its Music and Dance Centre, Bangla Academy organised a solo lecture and cultural show at Abdul Karim Sahityabisharad Hall of the academy, while Chhayanaut organised a vibrant cultural show at its auditorium.
Iffat Ara Dewan, Fahim Hossain Chowdhury, Kamalika Chakrabarty, Semanti Manjari, Susmita Ahmed Barna and others presented popular Rabindra Sangeet while different dance troupes performed with Tagore’s songs at the programme organised by Shilpakala Academy.
The show began with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy repertory’s colourful dance recitals synchronised with Tagore’s inspirational songs Aguner Parashmani and Akash bhora surya tara.
Sushmita Ahmed Barna came next to render popular romantic songs Ei korechho bhalo and Badalo dinero prothomo kadomo phul.
Iffat Ara Dewan, in her signature style, rendered sentimental song Dwip nibhe gechhe mamo, while Fahim Hossain Chowdhury presented devotional song Aro kato dure.
Kamalika Chakrabarty rendered Amar sakol dukher pradip.
Dhriti Nrityanalaya artistes displayed a spectacular dance recital synchronised with Tagore’s devotional song Hingsay unmatta prithwi while Nrityanandan artistes presented another colourful recital synchronised with Dhanila ahban.
Erlier, Dhaka University’s Bangla professor Begum Akter Kamal talked on Tagore’s writings and his humanitarian outlook. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the programme.
Thespian Ataur Rahman delivered a solo lecture titled ‘Ajker Bishwe Rabindra Srijaner Prasangikota’ (Relevance of Tagore writings to today’s world) at Bangla Academy. National professor Dr Anisuzzaman presided over the lecture.
In his lecture, Ataur focused how and why Tagore’s writings have remained relevant to contemporary world torn and tossed by war, injustice, greed and hatred.
‘We usually highlight Tagore as a romantic poet and overlook his political consciousness. But, Tagore was very political in his writings. His plays, novels and essays analyse the world he saw around him and his analyses are still relevant to the present time’, he said.
‘Tagore analysed how people were exploited by the system and how megalomaniac ambition of the powerful quarters made this world like a hell. All these things are true even today’, Ataur added.
His lecture was followed by presentation of a dance performance by Raktakarabi artistes, who performed with Tagore’s songs, letters and speeches glorifying humanity.
The production titled Oi Pohailo Timir Rati was directed by Shila Momen.
In the production, Srabanti Dhar, Satyajit Ghosh, Purabi Barua, Soma Roy, Tinku Shil, Gargi Das, Jayita Chakrabarty, Zannatul Urmi and others performed along with songs like Jharajhare barishe baridhara, Kothay alo, Prachanda garjane asilo, Hingsay unmatta prithi, Bukey bendhe tui dara, Ami marmardhani keno jagilo, Nibiro ghana adhare, Ei kothata dhore rakhis, Oi pohailo timir rati and others composed by Tagore during his last days.
Chhayanaut artistes at its auditorium in Dhanmondi presented popular Tagore songs along with their brief descriptions.
Compiled by Chhayanaut president Sanjida Khatun, the programme titled ‘Hey Bandhu Hey Priya’, featured songs like Shudhu tomaro bani noy go, Mor hridoyer gapon bijano ghorey, Amare tumi oshesh korechho, Amar na-bola banir, Tumi je chheye achho, Amar khela jakhan chhilo and others.
Laisa Ahmed Lisa, Chanchal Boral, Farjana Akhter Popy, Naima Islam Naz, Sutapa Saha, Tania Mannan, Abdul Wadud, Parta Pratim Roy and others rendered the songs.
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