INDO-BANGLA JOINT TAGORE CELEBRTIONS
Prominent artistes of two countries performMusfiqur Rahman
Prominent and promising artistes of India and Bangladesh performed on Sunday at the at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the morning and again at the National Theatre Hall in the evening as part of yearlong joint celebrations of Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary programme.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presented as chief guest at the opening day of the two-day closing ceremony of the Dhaka chapter celebrations. Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee attended the joint celebration as the Guest of Honour.
A cultural delegation from India, which includes eminent actress Sharmila Tagore, Tagore scholar Dr Pabitra Sarkar, singer Agnibha Bandopadhaya and a dance drama group from Sangeet Natak Academy, also joined the closing ceremony.
The year-long joint celebrations witnessed elaborate programmes on the Nobel Laureate and participation of several cultural and literary personalities of the two countries in the events in India and Bangladesh featuring musical programmes, seminars, commemorative publications and joint productions and performances of dances and theatres. Exhibitions displaying replicas of Tagore’s paintings were also included.
Dhaka University English department professor Fakrul Islam presented a paper on Tagore at on Sunday morning
Eminent Indian Tagore singer Agnibha Bandopadhaya delighted the houseful audience presenting Joy tabo bichitro anando. Eminent actress Sharmila Tagore, also a granddaughter of Tagore,gave a soulful presentation of Tagore’s poem Banshiwala.
Local singer Adity Mohsin rendered Tagore song Bishwa sathe jogne jethaay biharo.
Choreographed by Tamanna Rahman artistes of Nrityam presented a dance recital synchronised with Tagore song Oi mahamanabo ashe dike dike, which also earned audience claps.
Agnibha Bandopadhaya and Sharmila Tagore also rendered Tagore songs and poems respectively in the evening programme at Shilpakala.
Artistes of Rabiraag, Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Samanoy Parishad, Rabirashmi and others presented Tagore songs in chorus. Leading Tagore singers including Mita Haque, Bulbul Islam, Anima Roy, Salma Akbar, among others rendered solos. Artistes of Pallavi Dance School, Nrittyanandan, Nrittalok, Bhabna and others presented dance recitals based on Tagore’s literary works and songs.
Leading artistes and troupes from India and Bangladesh will also perform today at the national Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh National Museum auditorium as part of the concluding ceremony of the joint celebrations programme.
An exhibition was also opened on Sunday featuring the replicas of Tagore’s artworks at the National Art Gallery of the academy.
The closing ceremony on Indian side will be held in New Delhi on May 8 where Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni will be the Guest of Honour.
Bangladeshi dancer Warda Rihab and her troupe and singer Nandita Yasmin will perform at the concluding day programme of Indian chapter of the joint celebrations of Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary on Tuesday.
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