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Bengalis observe Nobel Laureate Tagores 146th birth anniversary

Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagores 146th birth anniversary is being celebrated across India. In West Bengal, a festival-like atmosphere prevailed on Wednesday (May 9).

Kolkata/Agartala, May 9 : Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore's 146th birth anniversary is being celebrated across India. In West Bengal, a festival-like atmosphere prevailed on Wednesday (May 9).

Tagore's birth anniversary is celebrated across the state with great zeal and enthusiasm. The day is mainly celebrated through various cultural programs.

Tagore was born in 1861 and established the Viswabharati University in 1921. He donated his Nobel Prize winnings and royalty from his books to this university.

The main programs are being held at Tagore's birth place in Jorasanko, the Viswabharati University and at Rabindra Sadan, the first auditorium named after him.

Rabindra Sangeet singers, recitation artists, theater actors have got together at these places to perform. People are turning up in huge numbers like every year to participate in these programs.

"We all have gathered in the Rabindra sadan to remember Gurudev Rabindranath through his songs and poems. The main function will be held in Rabindra Sadan, though it will be held in various other places as well. Although we remember him throughout the year, on this special day, we remember him wholeheartedly," said Mohua Banerjee, a local.

"This is a very important day in everyone's life here. For special people like us, who are fond of music and poems, it is a chance to get connected with their culture. This is an altogether a new way of loving and remembering him, and this day has enough of importance. We celebrate it by organising different functions at different places and meet different people," added Bratati Bandopadhya, an artist.

In Agartala, Tripura, special programmes have been arranged at the Rabindra Centenary Hall and Rabindrakanan here.

From 5.30 a.m., fans of Tagore gathered at Rabindrakanan - the park named after him - to pay tribute to the Nobel Laureate.

At around 7.30 a.m., a programme of song, dance and poems was organized at the open theatre in theremises of the Rabindra Centenary Hall. Hundreds of Tagore's fans participated in the cultural programme organized by a group 'Chhandaneer'.

Tagore had very close relations with the Manikya Dynasty that ruled Tripura for more than ten centuries. He visited the state seven times during his lifetime.

Tagore's famous drama 'Visarjan' is based on the royal family of Tripura.

Among his best-known work is his Nobel prize winning 'Gitanjali' (Song Offerings), which the author himself translated into English. Its profound spiritual content and the spontaneity of expression won Tagore his place in the world of literature.

Samir Bhowmik, a Tagore fan, said: "Tagore's works are deathless and his words and poetry sound like new. Throughout the year, we wait for '25 Baishak' (25th day of the first month of Bengali calendar) to payributes to Tagore on the occasion of his birth anniversary."

Tagore, whose multifaceted talent enriched all genres of Bengali literature and arts, was the first Asian to be awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize.

His poems, novels, short stories, dramas, articles, essays, paintings, and especially his songs under the generic name 'Rabindra sangeet', have an eternal appeal in the heart of the Bengalis. He died in 1941.

ANI

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