Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday (May 25) paid rich tributes to Biswa Kobi Rabindranath Tagore by placing floral wreath at Rabindra Chair at Rabindra Bhaban in Santiniketan. Hasina arrived Kolkata this morning on a two-day visit at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Narendra Modi received Sheikh Hasina on her arrival at Rabindra Bhaban of Santiniketan, founded by Rabindranath Tagore in 1921 as a unique institution to impart education blending with nature, spirituality and human values. Later, Sheikh Hasina joined the convocation of Visva-Bharati University as the guest of honour, which is held in every five years.
Indian PM and Chancellor of the University Narendra Modi presided over the convocation. Vice-Chancellor of Ramkrishna Mission Vivekananda University Swami Atmapriananda and Vice-Chancellor of Visva-Bharati University Professor Sabuj Koli Sen also spoke on the occasion. West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bondopadhya were present.
On her arrival at the convocation venue 'Amrakunja', the guests were adorned special robe and scurf of the convocation, and students greeted the guests.
Sheikh Hasina also visited "Jorasanko Thakur Bari", the residence of Biswa Kobi Rabindranath Tagore in the afternoon. The PM went round different rooms of the Thakur Bari located at Rabindra Sarani, Singhi Bagan, north of Kolkata. It is the house in which the Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore was born on May 7 in 1861, spent most of his childhood and died on Aug 7 in 1941. Later, the premier signed the guest book.
Besides, a bilateral meeting between Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi was held at Bangladesh Bhaban at Santiniketan. Issues related to bilateral interests and international concerns came up for discussion, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. Earlier, the two leaders inaugurated Bangladesh Bhaban at Santiniketan, approximately 180 km north of West Bengal capital of Kolkata.
- Source: News agencies