Bangladesh: Tagore’s birthday celebrated across the country

The 161st birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was celebrated across Bangladesh on Sunday with programs, events, talks and art exhibitions held at several venues. Rabindranath Tagore’s birthday is celebrated in Bangladesh according to the Bangla calendar. Tagore was born on 25 Baishakh in Bangla year 1268 in Kolkata.

Speaker of Parliament Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury inaugurated the main program at Shilaidaha Rabindra Kuthibari at Kumarkhali Upazila of Kushtia District. The theme of this year’s program was “Crisis of Humanity and Rabindranath”. Minister of State for Cultural Affairs, KM Khalid, chaired the programme. Famous Rabindra Sangeet representative Rezwana Choudhury Bannya presented songs at the event, state news agency BSS reports.

Speaking as guest of honor on the occasion, President Dr. Shirin said the world has a lot to learn from Tagore in this era of globalization, turmoil, war and injustice. She said Rabindranath Tagore was mesmerized by the beauty of Bangladesh and composed the song “Amar Sonar Bangla”.

In the capital Dhaka, several programs were organized to celebrate Vishwakavi Tagore’s birthday. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy began its three-day program with a discussion and presentation of songs and music. He has curated an exhibition of artwork by Tagores which will be on display until May 22. It also organizes events in five places in Bangladesh associated with the memory of Rabindranath Tagore.

Cultural organization Chhayanaut held a musical program with a performance by Rabindra Sangeet at its auditorium in Dhanmondi district of Dhaka. He was followed by a large number of ordinary people.

Cultural functions, discussions, essay writing and poetry recitation competitions were organized by all educational institutions across the country, including the capital, to celebrate the anniversary.

Toya J. Bell