Different cultural organisations observed Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore’s 78th death anniversary organising special programmes in Dhaka on Tuesday.
State-run Bangla Academy and cultural organisation Chhayanaut held programmes featuring discussions and cultural shows. Besides, Tagore organisation Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha held a two-day festival from August 2-3 marking Tagore’s death anniversary.
The programme by Bangla Academy was held at its Poet Shamsur Rahman Seminar Hall. The programme titled ‘Biswakobi Rabindranath Thakur Er 78 Tomo Mrityu Barshiki Upolokkhe Ekok Baktrita Anusthan’ featured a discussion, solo lecture, cultural show and others.
Bangla Academy director general poet Habibullah Siraji gave the welcome speech at the event.
Professor Syed Azizul Haq gave a solo lecture on Tagore at the programme, presided over by national professor Anisuzzaman.
‘Rabindranath Tagore’s works can help us discover the meaning of life. This year Bangla Academy has paid tribute to Tagore by publishing the book titled ‘Rabindra Jibon Chaturtha Khanda’, penned by language movement activist, writer and poet Ahmed Rafiq, on the eve of his 78th death anniversary,’ said Habibullah Siraji.
‘The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, which is one of the worst atrocities committed during Britain’s colonial rule. 400 peasant demonstrators were murdered by British troops. Rabindranath Tagore, who was knighted in 1915 by King George V, protested against the massacre by renouncing the British knighthood,’ said Syed Azizul Haq.
‘Tagore decided to establish Visva Bharati University in 1919. He founded the Visva Bharati University at Santiniketan in 1921, which continues to draw scholars from all over the world even today,’ he said.
‘Tagore took a stand against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919. He always stood beside the helpless people,’ said Anisuzzaman.
Following the discussion, a vibrant cultural show was held to the delight of the audience.
Renowned recitation artiste Bhaswar Bandyopadhyay recited popular poems penned by Rabindranath Tagore.
Renowned Tagore singer Mahiuzzaman Chowdhury and Anima Roy rendered popular Tagore songs at the event.
Chhayanaut organised a programme at Chhayanaut Cultural Centre in Dhanmondi where artistes of Chhayanaut and Kanthasilan entertained the audience.
Artistes of Kanthasilan recited a 22-minute verse play titled ‘Ami Tomay Chharbona Maa’, a compilation of Tagore essays and poems, written by Jahid Rezanur.
Besides, the artistes performed a lyrical play named ‘Karna Kunti Sambad’, based on Tagore’s poem with the same name.
Jahirul Hasan played Karna and Shamim Nazrin played Kunti.
Chhayanaut artistes staged Tagore’s lyrical play Shyama.
In the 55-minute production, Irin Parvin Anna played the character of Shyama, Tahmid Wasif Rivu played Bojrosen and ATM Jahangir played Uttiyo.
The artistes were accompanied by Subir Ghosh on tabla, Firoz Khan on sitar, Asit Biswas on esraj, Robin Chowdhury on keyboard and Pradip Kumer Roy on mandira.
Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha observed the 78th death anniversary of Tagore organising a two-day festival on August 2 and August 3 at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Sufia Kamal National Public Library.
‘Though the 78th death anniversary of Tagore falls on August 6, we observed the occasion earlier this year,’ Tapan Mahmud, founding general secretary of Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha, told New Age.
The organisation honoured renowned music exponent Azad Rahman for his outstanding contribution to Tagore songs.
Besides, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy will observe 78th death anniversary of Tagore on September 12.
‘Though we did not arrange any programmes on Tagore on August 6, we will observe the poet’s 78th death anniversary organising a grand programme on September 12,’ Liaquat Ali Lucky, director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, told New Age.
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