The nation on Monday (22 Srabon, Aug 6) observed the 77th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore with elaborate programmes recalling the great poet who did not leave any human emotion untouched in his works, especially poems and songs.
As part of the national level observance, Bangla Academy organized a solo lecture and a cultural function at Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium on the academy premises in the afternoon.
Noted playwright Ataur Rahman delivered the lecture on “Relevance of Rabindranath’s Creativity in the Current World” while Acting Director General of Bangla Academy Anwar Hossain delivered the welcome speech.
National Professor and President of the Academy Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman presided over the function. Later, artistes of Raktakarabi performed Rabindra Sangeet on the occasion.
Besides, Shilpakala Academy, Chhayanaut, National Museum and Shishu Academy also drew up different programmes marking the day.
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.
Tagore modernized Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures.
In his long seven decades of endeavors in different genres of Bangla literature, the great poet enriched the Bangla language and literature and elevated their positions in the global arena.
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.
Sometimes referred to as “the Bard of Bengal”, Tagore’s poetic songs were viewed as spiritual and mercurial.
His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: Bangladesh’s Amar Shonar Bangla and India’s Jana Gana Mana. The Sri Lankan national anthem was inspired by his work.