DHAKA- President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today paid rich tributes to Biswakabi Rabindranath Tagore on the eve of his 156th birth anniversary on 25th of Bengali month Boishakh.
In separate messages, they wished success of all programmes undertaken marking the poet's birth anniversary.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said Rabindranath had added a new dimension not only to all genres of Bengali literature and but also to different aspects of Bangalee culture.
He said Rabindranath's huge contribution to the field of art and culture is indispensible part of the country's cultural entity.
"There is no alternative to nurturing Rabindranath for realization of his wideness and the unparallel nicety of his creative works by heart," he said hoping that the new generation would immerse themselves in the poet's creative works and nurture him to know totally the universal family.
Paying glowing tribute to the memory of the Nobel laureate poet
Rabindranath Tagore, the President hoped that a justice-based society would be established and the bond of harmony would be further strengthened in light of Rabindra spirit.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said Rabindranath is the brightest star in world literature.
A diversified genius, this time-winning poet has observed the world very profoundly, which has been reflected in his poems, short stories, novels, dramas, essays, travel stories, songs and arts, she added.
He was a poet of peace, humanity and an appreciator of eternal beauty of nature, the Prime Minister said.
She said the works of Rabindranath Tagore inspired all in the anti-
British movement and all our democratic movements including independence movement and War of Liberation.
He (Rabindranath) was the infinite source of inspiration for the Bangalees for his thought of nationalism; she said, adding that "the poet's works touch us in our every crisis, merriment, sadness, hopes and aspirations."
Sheikh Hasina said Rabindranath's thoughts of education inspire all to acquire knowledge and building a science-based modern society.
Mentioning various literary works of the Nobel laureate poet, Sheikh Hasina said the greatest Bangalee of all time and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman conceived the poet's works as a source of inspiration in materializing into reality the dreams of Bangalee nation.
That's why, she said, Bangabandhu took his immortal poem "Amar Sonar Bangla, Ami Tomai Bhalobasi" as the National Anthem of Bangladesh.
She expressed her firm conviction that the presence of Poet Rabindranath in the thoughts would ensure the Bangalees' march forward in resisting communalism, exploitation and inhumanity.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)