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Festival in Shelidah on Tagore’s Nobel Prize centennial

Staff Correspondent - January 21st, 2013

A day long festival on the occa-sion of 100 years of Geetanjali, Tagore’s Nobel Prize winning literary work was held at Kuthibari at Shelidah on Friday.
Atandra Ekattor of Bangladesh and Friends of Bangladesh of India organised the programme.
The programme included recitation of Tagore poems, presentation of Tagore songs and a pitha festival.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith inaugurated the programme.
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu; Food Minister Dr. Abdur Razzak; advisor to the Prime Minister on foreign affairs Gowher Risvi and Deputy High Commissioner of India, Dhaka Sandeep Chakrabarti addressed the programme as special guests.
A discussion by Professor Hasan Azizul Haq, Professor Sanat Kumar Shaha and Shubho Prasanna Bhattacharjee marked the event.
Among others, Vice-Chancellor, Dhaka University, Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique, journalist Abed Khan and cultural activist Nasiruddin Yousuff addressed the gathering.
Poet Belal Choudhury presided over the occasion.
The Kuthibari was decorated with colourful banner and festoons. A colourful lighting was also displayed the entire Kuthibari.
Artists from India and Bangladesh performed in different events.
In his speech, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said Rabindranath’s work continues to inspire people.
He said Bangladesh and India hold tested ties for long.
“We have some bilateral issues unresolved but the relationship between us is marvelous,” Muhith told.
He said both countries can work together on various issues in south Asian aspect.
The other speakers in their speeches termed Tagore as a multi faceted genius. His Gitanjali contains Tagore’s philosophy of life.
They said Rabindranath’s ability to play on words and create rhymes from ordinary every day happenings was unparallel. He was finally a literary genius and had equal mastery over poems, songs, novels, short stories and travelogues.
The other speakers termed Tagore as a multi-faceted genius. His Geetanjali contains Tagore’s philosophy of life, they asserted.