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India, Bangladesh jointly begin Tagore celebrations in Dhaka

May 6, 2011 - Dhaka

The 150th Birth anniversary celebrations of Rabindranath Tagore were jointly inaugurated by Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheik Hasina at Bangabandhi International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka.

Addressing the inaugural function at the Banga Bandhu International Conference Centre, Ansari said that commencement of Tagore's 150th birth anniversary celebration is a momentous occasion and first of its kind in the history of the two nations.

He said, Rabindranath Tagore represented the common heritage that has influenced the intellectual and cultural ethos of the two nations in an enduring and distinctive manner.

Ansari said that the Bangladesh prime Minister's visit to India last year laid the road map for enhanced bilateral relations. He reiterated India's commitment to address the developmental priorities of Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheik Hasina stressed on the need for combined efforts in the South Asian region to eliminate poverty.

On the occasion, Language veteran Ahmed Rafiq and eminent Rabindra Sangeet artist Ajit Roy were awarded 'Rabindra Award 2011'.

Sheikh Hasina released four commemorative stamps on the occasion. She also presented the Vice President with the photographs of the Padma - Boat in which Tagore had produced some of his finest literary works during the time he spent in Bangladesh. Ansari in his inaugural speech said Tagore had closely associated himself with the toiling masses.

India and Bangladesh had in 2010 decided to jointly celebrate the 150th anniversary of Tagore. By Ravi Khandelwal


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