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Nation observed Tagore’s death anniversary

 

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Artistes perform a chorus at Chhayanaut.
The nation celebrated the 74th death anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore on 22nd Srabon of Bangla Calendar that falls on August 6.
To pay tribute to the poet, cultural arena of the country organized elaborate programmes that include musical soirees, recitations, discussions and seminars presenting the poets vast literary works.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Chhayanaut and Udichi among other organizations organized cultural programs to observe the day.
Moreover, Bangladesh Television (BTV), Bangladesh Betar and other satellite television channels and radio stations broadcast special programs on the occasion.
Born on 25th of Baishakh, 1261 (Bangla year) or May 7, 1861, the nobel laureate left his mark on all the genres of Bangla literature: songs, poetry, novels, essays, short stories and dramas.
Cultural CorrespondentDuring his lifetime, he wrote 52 poetry collections, 38 dramas, 13 novels, 36 essays and 95 short stories.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1913 was awarded to Rabindranath Tagore for his Gitanjali: Song Offerings (1912). Its language was “… profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful …”
National anthems of three countries — Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka — are credited to his name. He composed more than 2,000 songs comprising Rabindra Sangeet, one of the most popular genres of music in the Indian Subcontinent.
The cultural movement that started in the early 60s in the then East Pakistan through the celebrations of Tagore’s birth anniversary defying an unofficial ban on Rabindra Sangeet hardened Bengalese resolve for liberation.
As an exponent of the Bengal Renaissance, he advanced a vast canon that comprised paintings, sketches and doodles, hundreds of texts, and some two thousand songs; his legacy endures also in the institution he founded, Visva-Bharati University.
Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to topics political and personal.
Gitanjali, Gora and Ghare-Baire are his best-known works, and his verse, short stories, and novels were acclaimed—or panned—for their lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism, and unnatural contemplation.
His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India’s Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh’s Amar Shonar Bangla.
Tagore, visiting Santa Barbara in 1917, conceived a new type of university: he sought to make Santiniketan the connecting thread between India and the world and a global center for the study of humanity somewhere beyond the limits of nation and geography.
The school, which he named Visva-Bharati, had its foundation stone laid on 24 December 1918 and was inaugurated precisely three years later.
Tagore employed a brahmacharya system: gurus gave pupils personal guidance—emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.
Teaching was often done under trees. He staffed the school, he contributed his Nobel Prize monies, and his duties as steward-mentor at Santiniketan kept him busy: mornings he taught classes; afternoons and evenings he wrote the students’ textbooks.
Rabindranath Tagore was born to Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi in the Jorasanko mansion in Calcutta, India on May 7, 1861, which falls on Baishakh 25 of Bangla calendar.
The legendary poet of Bangla literature breathed his last in Kolkata on August 7 in 1941, which falls on Sraban 22 of Bangla calendar.
Meanwhile , Bangla Academy organized a lecture session and cultural function to commemorate the day.
Speakers recalled the great contribution of Tagore to human civilization and his influence in the creation of a non-communal and humane society and state.
Chaired by the director general of Bangla Academy, Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan the lecture was delivered by Dr Begum Akhtar Kamal, professor of Bengali department, University of Dhaka.
Dr Akhtar in her speech said Tagore decried parochial nationalism and more so after the horrors of World War I. He actively participated in the anti-fascist peace movement.
He was also critical of colonialism and capitalism and visualized an inclusive and egalitarian society.
Discussing on the topic, Dr Anisuzzaman said that Tagore’s thoughts on war and peace evolved over time. He saw the destructive plunder of imperialists and colonialists and desired an inclusive humanist uprising.
He felt that Tagore’s thoughts on peace were relevant today.
The chairman said that when the Middle East and Africa were being torn asunder by strife Tagore becomes even more topical.
During the cultural session Bhashwar Bondopadhya recited from Tagore’s poems, while Sadi Mohammad, Aditi Mohsin and Mokbul Hossain rendered Tagore songs.
In Naogaon’s Patishar where the poet spent much of his productive years a lecture session and cultural program was organized at the premises of the Tagore bungalow. The main initiative of the program was taken by local legislator Md Israfil Alam, while Dr Amirul Mominin Chowdhury, director of the Institute of Fine Arts, Khulna University was the main speaker.
 
Chhayanaut programme
Chhayanaut observed the day through a musical evening at its auditorium in the evening of August 7. The programme began with a choral rendition of “Tomarei Koriachi Jiboner Dhrubotara” by the artistes of Chhayanaut. Then Laisa Ahmed Lisa sang “Oshru Bhora Bedona Dike Dike”, followed by Sushanto Roy’s “Abar Jodi Iccha Koro”.
Then Chhayanut artistes including Oishee Rubaina, Mostafizur Rahman, Partho Protim Roy, Shemonti Monjori, Sudip Sarker, Bikrom Das, Iffat Ara Dewan rendered a number of solos. The programme also included a recitation by Jayanto Chattopadhyay.
Meanwhile, Jatiyo Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha paid musical tribute to Tagore through a two-day programme at the Shawkat Osaman Auditorium of Central Public Library on August 6-7. The event included choral and solo renditions of Tagore songs a brief discussion by the members of the organisation. Artistes including Aniruddha Sengupta, Khandaker Khairuzzaman Kaiyum, Satya Chakraborty, Himadri Shekhor, Tapan Sarker and Abdul Wadud performed at the event.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy also arranged a programme at the Music and Dance Centre Auditorium. The porgramme included discussion, recitation, music and dance.

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Artistes perform a chorus at Chhayanaut.
The nation celebrated the 74th death anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore on 22nd Srabon of Bangla Calendar that falls on August 6.
To pay tribute to the poet, cultural arena of the country organized elaborate programmes that include musical soirees, recitations, discussions and seminars presenting the poets vast literary works.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Chhayanaut and Udichi among other organizations organized cultural programs to observe the day.
Moreover, Bangladesh Television (BTV), Bangladesh Betar and other satellite television channels and radio stations broadcast special programs on the occasion.
Born on 25th of Baishakh, 1261 (Bangla year) or May 7, 1861, the nobel laureate left his mark on all the genres of Bangla literature: songs, poetry, novels, essays, short stories and dramas.
Cultural CorrespondentDuring his lifetime, he wrote 52 poetry collections, 38 dramas, 13 novels, 36 essays and 95 short stories.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1913 was awarded to Rabindranath Tagore for his Gitanjali: Song Offerings (1912). Its language was “… profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful …”
National anthems of three countries — Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka — are credited to his name. He composed more than 2,000 songs comprising Rabindra Sangeet, one of the most popular genres of music in the Indian Subcontinent.
The cultural movement that started in the early 60s in the then East Pakistan through the celebrations of Tagore’s birth anniversary defying an unofficial ban on Rabindra Sangeet hardened Bengalese resolve for liberation.
As an exponent of the Bengal Renaissance, he advanced a vast canon that comprised paintings, sketches and doodles, hundreds of texts, and some two thousand songs; his legacy endures also in the institution he founded, Visva-Bharati University.
Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to topics political and personal.
Gitanjali, Gora and Ghare-Baire are his best-known works, and his verse, short stories, and novels were acclaimed—or panned—for their lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism, and unnatural contemplation.
His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India’s Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh’s Amar Shonar Bangla.
Tagore, visiting Santa Barbara in 1917, conceived a new type of university: he sought to make Santiniketan the connecting thread between India and the world and a global center for the study of humanity somewhere beyond the limits of nation and geography.
The school, which he named Visva-Bharati, had its foundation stone laid on 24 December 1918 and was inaugurated precisely three years later.
Tagore employed a brahmacharya system: gurus gave pupils personal guidance—emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.
Teaching was often done under trees. He staffed the school, he contributed his Nobel Prize monies, and his duties as steward-mentor at Santiniketan kept him busy: mornings he taught classes; afternoons and evenings he wrote the students’ textbooks.
Rabindranath Tagore was born to Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi in the Jorasanko mansion in Calcutta, India on May 7, 1861, which falls on Baishakh 25 of Bangla calendar.
The legendary poet of Bangla literature breathed his last in Kolkata on August 7 in 1941, which falls on Sraban 22 of Bangla calendar.
Meanwhile , Bangla Academy organized a lecture session and cultural function to commemorate the day.
Speakers recalled the great contribution of Tagore to human civilization and his influence in the creation of a non-communal and humane society and state.
Chaired by the director general of Bangla Academy, Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan the lecture was delivered by Dr Begum Akhtar Kamal, professor of Bengali department, University of Dhaka.
Dr Akhtar in her speech said Tagore decried parochial nationalism and more so after the horrors of World War I. He actively participated in the anti-fascist peace movement.
He was also critical of colonialism and capitalism and visualized an inclusive and egalitarian society.
Discussing on the topic, Dr Anisuzzaman said that Tagore’s thoughts on war and peace evolved over time. He saw the destructive plunder of imperialists and colonialists and desired an inclusive humanist uprising.
He felt that Tagore’s thoughts on peace were relevant today.
The chairman said that when the Middle East and Africa were being torn asunder by strife Tagore becomes even more topical.
During the cultural session Bhashwar Bondopadhya recited from Tagore’s poems, while Sadi Mohammad, Aditi Mohsin and Mokbul Hossain rendered Tagore songs.
In Naogaon’s Patishar where the poet spent much of his productive years a lecture session and cultural program was organized at the premises of the Tagore bungalow. The main initiative of the program was taken by local legislator Md Israfil Alam, while Dr Amirul Mominin Chowdhury, director of the Institute of Fine Arts, Khulna University was the main speaker.
 
Chhayanaut programme
Chhayanaut observed the day through a musical evening at its auditorium in the evening of August 7. The programme began with a choral rendition of “Tomarei Koriachi Jiboner Dhrubotara” by the artistes of Chhayanaut. Then Laisa Ahmed Lisa sang “Oshru Bhora Bedona Dike Dike”, followed by Sushanto Roy’s “Abar Jodi Iccha Koro”.
Then Chhayanut artistes including Oishee Rubaina, Mostafizur Rahman, Partho Protim Roy, Shemonti Monjori, Sudip Sarker, Bikrom Das, Iffat Ara Dewan rendered a number of solos. The programme also included a recitation by Jayanto Chattopadhyay.
Meanwhile, Jatiyo Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha paid musical tribute to Tagore through a two-day programme at the Shawkat Osaman Auditorium of Central Public Library on August 6-7. The event included choral and solo renditions of Tagore songs a brief discussion by the members of the organisation. Artistes including Aniruddha Sengupta, Khandaker Khairuzzaman Kaiyum, Satya Chakraborty, Himadri Shekhor, Tapan Sarker and Abdul Wadud performed at the event.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy also arranged a programme at the Music and Dance Centre Auditorium. The porgramme included discussion, recitation, music and dance.

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Bahurupi stages Tagore’s Chitrangada

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Tagore’s dance drama “Chitrangada” was staged at Shilpakala Academy auditorium on Thursday evening by Bahurupi Natya Sangstha, a prominent drama troupe in Mymensingh.
The troupe staged the dance drama for the first time marking its 40th founding anniversary. Manash Talukder, Ashmita Shaily, Kabita Sarker, Arifur Rahman Arnob played the leading roles in the drama. The artistes of Bahurupi Sangskritik Academy also assisted the play. Marking the opening session, a discussion was held.
Prof. Helalul Islam, managing director of Bahurupi, its secretary Shahadat Hossain Khan Hilu, Shah Saiful Alam Pannu, Saiful Islam Dudu, SM Ali Azhar spoke on the occasion.
The speakers said, Bahurupi has contributed greatly to preserve the country’s traditional culture since 1975 and has produced many talents in this field. Earlier, marking the 40th founding anniversary, Bahurupi declared a year-long programme last year that included staging of plays, photo exhibition on 40—year activities of the group, drama festival, seminars and workshops.

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Tagore’s dance drama “Chitrangada” was staged at Shilpakala Academy auditorium on Thursday evening by Bahurupi Natya Sangstha, a prominent drama troupe in Mymensingh.
The troupe staged the dance drama for the first time marking its 40th founding anniversary. Manash Talukder, Ashmita Shaily, Kabita Sarker, Arifur Rahman Arnob played the leading roles in the drama. The artistes of Bahurupi Sangskritik Academy also assisted the play. Marking the opening session, a discussion was held.
Prof. Helalul Islam, managing director of Bahurupi, its secretary Shahadat Hossain Khan Hilu, Shah Saiful Alam Pannu, Saiful Islam Dudu, SM Ali Azhar spoke on the occasion.
The speakers said, Bahurupi has contributed greatly to preserve the country’s traditional culture since 1975 and has produced many talents in this field. Earlier, marking the 40th founding anniversary, Bahurupi declared a year-long programme last year that included staging of plays, photo exhibition on 40—year activities of the group, drama festival, seminars and workshops.

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Poets praise beauty of rainy season at BSA

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Yasmin Ali rendering  song   of  rains at  the  gathering  of poets at BSA programme. 
Several noted poets of the country recited their own poems at a literary event at the National Art Gallery auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday. Though their themes varied greatly, one common theme that was explored by almost all the poets was that of the monsoon rains – the beauty and majesty of the season – that have been sweeping through the country over the past one month.
 Among the poets were Syed Shamsul Haq, Nirmalendu Goon, Muhammad Nurul Huda, Muhammad Samad, Rabindra Gope, and Rokeya Rubi. The programme, organised by Shilpakala Academy, began with songs presented by singers Yasmin Ali and Roksana Akter Rupsa. Yasmin presented the songs Ei Rim Jhim and Barne Gondhe Chonde Anande while Rupsa also presented two songs including the popular Lalon number Khanchar Bhitor and another beginning with Ke Jaasre. 
The romantic ambience created by the songs was carried through the presentations of poems, starting with Syed Shamsul Haq who picked up the thread of monsoon and recounted how the founding president of Bangladesh had been killed on the last day of Srabon (monsoon season) in 1975. He recited two poems – Bangabandhur Somadhite and Ami Sakkhi – paying tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The subsequent presentations involved themes including love and romance and of course rains – as well as social and political issues.
 Nirmalendu Goon began with a yet-unpublished poem titled Matrismriti, which he described as a tribute to his mother. He went on to recite his well-known poem Kosai, which reflects on religious and communal tensions, and Chhuti and 13-5-85 both of which centre on romantic themes. Muhammad Nurul Huda began with a monsoon poem in which he equated the incessant monsoon rains with the indomitable spirit of love. The poet also read out poems addressing different humanitarian issues such as the disaster created by the Nepal earthquake.
 Rabindra Gope returned to the theme of the murder of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through a poem titled Kado Bangali Kado as well as another titled Purono Poshak. Muhammad Samad recited several romantic poems like Swapna Dekhlei Tumi, Keno Tomake Nebona, and Tobe Ki Purbajanme Radha Chhile. Other poets performing at the event also earned praises for their love and monsoon poems. 

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Yasmin Ali rendering  song   of  rains at  the  gathering  of poets at BSA programme. 
Several noted poets of the country recited their own poems at a literary event at the National Art Gallery auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday. Though their themes varied greatly, one common theme that was explored by almost all the poets was that of the monsoon rains – the beauty and majesty of the season – that have been sweeping through the country over the past one month.
 Among the poets were Syed Shamsul Haq, Nirmalendu Goon, Muhammad Nurul Huda, Muhammad Samad, Rabindra Gope, and Rokeya Rubi. The programme, organised by Shilpakala Academy, began with songs presented by singers Yasmin Ali and Roksana Akter Rupsa. Yasmin presented the songs Ei Rim Jhim and Barne Gondhe Chonde Anande while Rupsa also presented two songs including the popular Lalon number Khanchar Bhitor and another beginning with Ke Jaasre. 
The romantic ambience created by the songs was carried through the presentations of poems, starting with Syed Shamsul Haq who picked up the thread of monsoon and recounted how the founding president of Bangladesh had been killed on the last day of Srabon (monsoon season) in 1975. He recited two poems – Bangabandhur Somadhite and Ami Sakkhi – paying tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The subsequent presentations involved themes including love and romance and of course rains – as well as social and political issues.
 Nirmalendu Goon began with a yet-unpublished poem titled Matrismriti, which he described as a tribute to his mother. He went on to recite his well-known poem Kosai, which reflects on religious and communal tensions, and Chhuti and 13-5-85 both of which centre on romantic themes. Muhammad Nurul Huda began with a monsoon poem in which he equated the incessant monsoon rains with the indomitable spirit of love. The poet also read out poems addressing different humanitarian issues such as the disaster created by the Nepal earthquake.
 Rabindra Gope returned to the theme of the murder of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through a poem titled Kado Bangali Kado as well as another titled Purono Poshak. Muhammad Samad recited several romantic poems like Swapna Dekhlei Tumi, Keno Tomake Nebona, and Tobe Ki Purbajanme Radha Chhile. Other poets performing at the event also earned praises for their love and monsoon poems. 

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