Thursday, 8 May 2014

Rabindra Nath Tagore

Rabindra Nath Tagore Jayanti
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore – A Nobel Laureate - poet, novelist, musician, painter and playwright. The Jayanti celebrations will be held on May 9 this year. This is the 153rd birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

He was a freedom fighter, educational reformist through experimental school at Shantiniketan, painter, musician and a novelist. His poetry caught the imagination of his countrymen and the world. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 for Gitanjali.  

Ravindra Jayanti or Poncheeshe Boishakh as it is popularly called in Kolkata is celebrated with much pomp and gaiety in Kolkata, West Bengal and many other states across India. The festival pays tribute to the great scholar Rabindranath Tagore. He is one of the very few Indian personalities to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his life time achievement as a novelist. This festival has gained a lot of popularity in West Bengal and beyond. The festival is marked by cultural shows and recitations from the poet's writings from all across the nation. Rabindra lovers across the globe gather and celebrate this event with much enthusiasm.  

The city of Kolkata throbs with vibrant life forces and is a hub of cultural activities throughout the ages. The many fairs and festivals here are celebrated with fun and, enthusiasm. Cultural association in Kolkata and surrounding villages celebrate this day by participating in programs of songs, dance and recitals. Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata participates with gusto in this festival.  

Jorasanko Thakurbari where Rabindranath was born is considered as a heritage property in Kolkata. It is the main venue of all cultural activities during Rabindra Jayanti. Rabindra Sadan premise is another important venue. Many of the writer's plays and dramas are staged here and people flock with great enthusiasm even to this day.

Rabindra Sangeet, the genre of songs named after the singer writer can be heard in all nooks and corners of Kolkata on this special day. The function starts early in the morning and continues throughout the day. Every year the museum in Rabindra Bharati University displays all the articles that are associated with the poet. His manuscripts, glasses, family articles, and photographs are for all to see.

Shantiniketan in West Bengal is another destination that celebrates this occasion with equal passion. It is the university started by Rabindranath Tagore and is famed to have trained many a famous personalities including Indira Gandhi.

You can read poems, stories etc by Rabindranath Tagore online. You can also buy other spiritual journals, books,magazines, worship items and more online and celebrate this auspicious day by paying a tribute to the great novelist Rabindranath Tagore. 

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