Tagore’s thoughts on architecture analysed

Cultural Correspondent | Published at 10:30pm on August 07, 2017

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Kaderi Kibria presents a Tagore song at the programme.— Snigdha Zaman

‘More lights and more space’- was the main principle of Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore’s thoughts on architecture, and the poet applied this to his designs of buildings at Shantiniketan, said Indian architect and Tagore researcher Aranendu Bandopadhyay in his solo lecture organised by Bangla Academy on its premises on Sunday.
Aranendu delivered the lecture at Tagore’s 76th death anniversary observance programme. It also featured presentation of popular Rabindra Sangeets by eminent singer Kaderi Kibria.
In architecture, Aranendu said, Tagore always emphasised suitability of buildings to its surrounding environment and nature. ‘Moreover, he thought that a building or anything that is built should relate to the culture, said Aranendu, who worked as an architect in a ten-year restoration programme of Shantiniketan.
‘Rabindranath Tagore wanted structures not to interrupt, or disturb, nature; rather he designed or approved only those designs that fitted into nature and the surroundings seamlessly’, he said.
‘Eco-friendly and available materials were used for the buildings’, said Aranendu, while displaying several buildings of the place in his power-point presentation.
Cultural affairs ministry secretary Ibraheem Hossain Khan was the chief guest at the programme, which was chaired by the academy chairman professor emeritus Anisuzzaman. Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman Khan was also present at the programme.
Following the lecture, Kaderi Kibria entertained audience with presentation of some popular Tagore songs like Tumi Ki Keboli Chhobi, Tumi Robey Nirobe, Bhora Thak Smritisudhay and others.