POST TIME: 8 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Tagore’s birth anniv today
UNB, Dhaka

Tagore’s birth anniv today

The 158th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore will be celebrated across the country today (25th of Baishakh on the Bangla Calendar). The government and different socio-cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the day in a befitting manner. Bangla Academy will organise an event featuring keynote speech, Rabindra Award 2019 ceremony and cultural function its Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium. Rabindra researchers Prof Begum Akter Kamal and Prof Shafiuddin Ahmed, and Rabindra Sangeet singer Iqbal Ahmed will be honoured with ‘Rabindra Puroshkar 2019’ at the programme.

The local administration of Kushtia will organise a programme at the Tagore Lodge, Kuthibari on the occasion. Tagore was a poet, visual artist, playwright, novelist, as well as a composer whose works reshaped Bangla literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Born on May 7, 1861 (25th of Baishakh on the Bangla Calendar) at Jorasanko Mansion in Kolkata, he was the youngest of 13 surviving children of Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi.

He became Asia’s first Nobel laureate after winning the Nobel Prize in literature for his mesmerising book Gitanjali in 1913. Two of his songs are now the national anthems of Bangladesh and India — Amar Sonar Bangla and Jana Gana Mana — respectively.

Tagore wrote novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays on political and personal topics. Gitanjali, Gora, and Ghare-Baire and Chokher Bali are among his best-known works.