The 150 Birth Anniversary of the great Poet and Nobel Laurate Rabindra Nath Tagore starts today – A report from Dacca, the capital of Bangladesh, where India and Bangladesh together is organising a three day festival, Rabindra Utsav.
Dhaka, Dec 29 : Bangladesh may have created a record today in the world of music when one thousand singers– male and female mostly from Bangladesh and India played songs penned by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore .
Noted composer and music director from Kolkata , Debojyoti Mishra conducted one-hour long inaugural musical orchestra “Shohosro Konthe Gaan” ( song by thousand voice) performed by one thousand Tagore singers from across the country . It thus lightened up the exclusive musical extravaganza which has been described as the first of its kind in the country.
Organizers said this is the biggest festival of Rabindranath Tagore any where in the world.
Today’s program was the start of a three-day Rabindra Utsav in the city to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
Bangladesh and India are jointly (at government level) celebrating year long 150th birth anniversary of Tagore, the poet who has the rare distinction of penning the national anthems of two countries.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the gala event this afternoon at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city organized by music school Shurer Dhara, run by eminent Rabindrasangeet singer Rezwana Banya . Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Hasina said Rabindrath is intimately linked with all aspects of our life..She reiterated her government’s commitment to set up a university in Bangladesh after Rabindranath who Hasina mentioned has spent a size-able part of his life in present day Bangladesh.
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen who was present as the chief guest at the event, unveiled an album of 22 DVDs containing 2300 songs, dance drama and opera titled” Shruti Geetabitan” .Four hundred Bangladeshi Tagore singers have recorded the songs of Geetabitan.
Noted Tagore exponents, poets, litterateurs and educationists from countries other than Bangladesh and India are taking part in the event that also features eight seminars at the venue.
A 35-member international orchestra named “Gandharvaloka Orchestra”, featuring star musicians and singers from over 15 countries — Canada, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, the USA, the UK, Scotland, the Netherlands, Columbia, Brazil, Poland, Slovakia, Macedonia, Iceland and New Zealand performed Tagore songs at the program.
Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman , president of festival organising council chaired the inaugural function. (By courtsey ‘Ganashakti’)