Tagore’s death anniversary observed online

Rakib Hasan | Published: 22:25, Aug 06,2020


Artistes perform at virtual programmes organised by Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi, left, Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad marking the death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore on Thursday.

Different cultural organisations observed Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s 79th death anniversary arranging online programmes on Thursday due to the COVID-19 situation.

However, the cultural affairs ministry, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and cultural organisation Chhayanaut did not organise any programmes.

Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad lifted the curtain on its two-day virtual programme on Thursday. The opening day featured Tagore songs and discussion. It was streamed live on its Facebook page at 7:30pm.

On Thursday, Indian writer Shankarlal Bhattacharya was present at the programme as discussant where singers Pijush Barua and Bidisha Dewanji entertained the audience rendering Tagore songs.

Pijush Barua rendered Tagore songs including Aaji jharer rate, Ami takhan chhilem magan, Shrabaner dharar mato and others.

Bidisha Dewanji sang Bohe nirantar, Asha jawar pather dhare, Megher pore megh jomechhe and others.

Rabindra University vice-chancellor Professor Biswajit Ghosh will be present as guest at today’s programme. Renowned Tagore singer Mita Haque will entertain music lovers rendering Tagore’s popular numbers.

Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad general secretary Biswajit Roy said, ‘We have arranged the two-day virtual event to observe Rabindranath Tagore’s 79th death anniversary due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I hope music lovers will enjoy it.’

Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi streamed a virtual programme on its Facebook page on Thursday. The programme featured recitation, music, dance recitals and discussion.

Cultural organisation Propaan arranged a virtual programme titled ‘Nibhrit Jataney’ on its Facebook page.

The programme featured Tagore’s poems, songs and a discussion. Recitation artistes Lutfun Nahar Lata and Belayet Hossain recited Tagore poems and singer Maitree Chakraborty rendered songs at the event.

‘We have always arranged special programmes marking Tagore’s birth and death anniversaries. However, we had to organise a virtual event this year due to Covid-19 outbreak. The event featured performances by both young and seasoned artistes,’ Sunrit Sujon, programme organiser of Propaan, told New Age.

Recitation troupe Shonadhiti streamed a virtual programme on its Facebook page at 10:00pm.

The programme titled ‘Srobon Meghe Tumi Robe Nirobe’ featured Tagore’s poems and songs.

Tagore singers Ashraf Hossain, Jahirul Islam, Srabonti Das Gupta and others participated

in the programme, anchored by Tanjir Shaurab and Tumpa.

Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha will observe the death anniversary of Tagore organising a three-day festival which will begin today at 9:00pm on its Facebook page.

‘Though the 79th death anniversary of Tagore was observed on Thursday, we will hold a three-day virtual festival from Friday. Tagore artistes from both home and abroad will participate in our programme,’ Sajed Akbar, general secretary of BRSS, told New Age.

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