Tagore Tribute by all on the poet’s Sequicentenary - 2011

The myriad minded poet- the world famous Rabindranath Tagore born on the early May 7, 1861 and died on August 7, 1941- marks the brilliant culmination in the history of Literature. His novelty is worth describing. His works are read and plays are staged all over the world. Such an eminent poet etched a mark before leaving this Earth through his epitomized writings and works. On his 150th birth anniversary-2011, Tagore has been paid tribute in numerous innovative ways.

Rabindra Jayanti celebration at Loreto College, Kolkata

On May 9, 2011 the missionary institution of Loreto College celebrated the 150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. They organized a programme at Kala Mandir. It commenced with a skit titled Guru. The faculty members of the Middleton Row College performed a skit which is based on Tagore's drama Achalayatan. Under the direction of the dancer Alokananda Roy, Valmiki Prativa was staged by some inmates of correctional homes of Bengal. This programme was celebrated in a much different way from the previous years.

Rabindra Jayanti celebration at IIT, Kharagpur

Going beyond the customary song-and-dance Rabindra Jayanti routine, the Technology Club of IIT Kharagpur celebrated the 150th anniversary of Tagore on May 9, 2011. Marked by the advent of the Trinity of- "Yugacharya" Swami Vivekananda, "Vigyanacharaya" Prafulla Chandra Ray and "Vishwakavi" Rabindranath Tagore, the renaissance of Modern India was totally and mainly concentrated in the whole programme.

Jadavpur University's Department of English (JUDE) celebrates Rabindra Jayanti

That the students of Jadavpur University's Department of English (JUDE) had theatre scholar is evident from their marvelous performance of Tagore's symbolic play Arup Ratan (Formless Jewel). At the helm of affairs, JUDE has the director Ananda Lal. Under the direction of Lal- also a theatre critic- JUDE has been producing plays ranging from Kalidas to Shakespeare to Pirandello and Beckett. On the year 2010, JUDE staged an original multi-lingual production, Wire, which incorporated five or six languages. On the 150th year of Rabindra Jayanti- 2011, JUDE staged Rabindranath in Bengali with some English and smattering of Hindi and Assamese. The play portrayed two central characters to reflect the conflict and transformation in the central character of Sudarshana, transposing a scene, a song and a character (Rohini) from Raja into this play, and the innovative design which challenged the difference between proscenium and stage were some of the experiments that the audiences were pleasantly surprised of. Such kind of music, for instance, Agun holo agun moy brought out the inner conflict in Sudarshana, although it might not have sounded pleasant on stage. Lal tried new things with the music and experimented with rhythm by using electric guitar, producing innovative sounds and distortion, abandoning the traditional Santiniketan style. Apart from reflecting what goes on inside Sudarshana, Lal insisted on the Hendrix-style feedback to appropriate the fire crackling sound.

150th Rabindra Nath Tagore,s birthday celebration at Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Rabindranath Tagore Centre

ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Rabindranath Tagore Centre), Kolkata salutes a myriad minded Poet with an exhibition series to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. Many facets of Tagore's life and art are displayed in a series of exhibitions. The Exhibition Series are:
• Tagore in Advertisements
• Of Tagore and Cinema
• Tagore in Philately
• Rabindranath Tagore: Pilgrimages to the East, a photographic exhibition on the Poet's tour of South-East Asia and China
• Tagore and Kantha

Rabindra Jayanti celebration at GD Birla Sabhagar

On May 10, 2011 at GD Birla Sabhagar held the Finals of the Yule Elocution Contest- 2011, organized by the Andrew Yule Group. The event was participated by around 170 school children. To mark the Poet's 150th birth anniversary, the theme was "Tagore's Relevance in the Young Minds of the 21st century". The Finals had six candidates each for the Hindi and English categories & seven for the Bengali category lock horns. Finally, Sparsh Aggarwal of DBPC (Don Bosco School, Park Circus) stood first in the English category; Antara Chandana of Lakshmipat Singhania Academy embraced it in Hindi; and Aniruddha Roy of Hare School was first in the Bengali section. The winner of each language group was rewarded with a gift voucher of Rs. 12,000.

Rabindra Jayanti celebration at Anand Bhavan

On May 7, 2011 the underprivileged children of a Howrah-based organization, known as Anand Bhavan, staged a cultural programme to mark Tagore's 150th anniversary on their respected campus.

150th Rabindra Jayanti at Aikatan, Salt Lake, Kolkata

On May 19, 2011 at Aikatan, IA-290, Sector III, Salt Lake- on the occasion of Tagore's 150th anniversary, EZCC presented Kavi Pranam, who featured songs by Arpita Banerjee, Ishita Barman, Bhaskar Sen, Maitreyee Banerjee, Laboni Lahiri, Barnali Bhattacharya, Sucharita Biswas, Narayan Chandra Nath, Sunanda Ghosh, Srabani Sengupta, Biswarup Rudra, Sudeshna Sanyal Rudra and Molly Mitra; and reading done by Sanjib Maitra and Sumantra Sengupta.

Rabindra Jayanti celebration at Rabindra Sadan Prangan Mancha

At Rabindra Sadan Prangan Mancha in celebration of Tagore's 150th anniversary, Rabindra Sadan, department of information and cultural affairs, West Bengal Government organized programme on Tagore's songs and recitation by various artistes.

Subhash Ghai's Noukadubi

Again paying tribute to Tagore, Noukadubi (Boat wreck) - a famous novel of Tagore has been portrayed very swiftly in Rituparno Ghosh's Tollywood movie Noukadubi on May 2011. The movie clearly depicted each and every plot of the novel. The movie starred Moon Moon Sen's daughters Riya Sen and Raima Sen; Prosenjit; and Jisshu Sengupta.

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