DHAKA- The nation celebrated today the 156th birth anniversary of Biswakabi Rabindranath Tagore, who reshaped Bengali literature and music as well as art of Indian subcontinent with contextual modernism.
On the 25th of Baishakh in 1268 Bengali year, Rabindranath, the fountainhead of Bengali wisdom was born at Jorasanko in Kolkata.
His influence has been compared, by many, to Shakespeare in the English-speaking world.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate message on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
The government has drawn up massive programmes to celebrate the birthday of Kabiguru.
President Abdul Hamid inaugurated the national programme at Patisar in Naogaon district today on the occasion of the 156th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor presided over the programme. Textiles and Jute Minister Emaz Uddin Pramanik, Mohamamd Israfil Alam, MP, Prof Dr Hayat Mamud, acting secretary of cultural ministry Mohammad Ibrahim Hossain Khan and senior civil and military officials concerned, among others, were present on the occasion.
The theme of the birth anniversary celebration of this year is "Religion of Human Beings: Rabindranath and Contemporary Relevance" .
Apart from the main programme, the birth anniversary of the noble laureate legendary Bengali poet was observed with festivity and enthusiasm in Shilaidaha of Kushtia, Shahjadpur of Sirajganj, Dakshkhindhihi and Pithabhog of Khulna and Dhaka as well.
Besides, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy is organizing a three-day art exhibition and cultural programmes while Bangla Academy with the association of Dhaka University Fine Arts Faculty has published souvenir and posters.
Bangla Academy organized a discussion to mark the day while all educational institutions across the country celebrated the birthday of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore.
Bangladesh missions abroad also took up various programmes to mark the day. District administrations with the association of local lawmakers and distinguished personalities also celebrated the day with due respect.
Dhaka University (DU) celebrated the birth anniversary Rabindranath on the campus in a befitting manner.
Marking the day, a key note presentation programme on Rabindranath Tagore and a cultural function was at DU Teacher Student Center (TSC) Auditorium this afternoon.
Viswa-Bharati University Professor, also DU "Rabindra Chair" Dr Mahua Mukherjee spoke at the function as the key speaker with DU Vice- Chancellor Professor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique in the chair.
Bangladesh Shishu Academy organized a discussion on Rabindranath Tagore, distribution of Shishu Academy Award for Literature 1420 and 1421 (Bengali year) and a cultural function at the academy auditorium this afternoon.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki attended the function as the chief guest with academy Chairman Selina Hossain in the chair.
The youngest of thirteen surviving children, Tagore, nicknamed "Rabi", was born on 25th of Bengali month of Boishakh 1268 (May 7, 1861) in the Jorasanko mansion in Calcutta to Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi.
His novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to topics political and personal.
Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced) and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are his best-known works, and his verse, short stories, and novels were acclaimed-or panned-for their lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism, and unnatural contemplation.
Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", Rabindranath became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)