Saturday, May 8, 2010

Marches kick off Tagore's 150th anniversary celebrations

West Bengal on Saturday, May 8, kicked off the year-long celebrations of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary with two processions through busy streets of central and south Kolkata.

The two processions taken out by Tagore fans later converged at the Rabindra Sadan, a cultural complex named after the poet.

In colourful processions, fans could be seen reciting poems, singing songs and enacting parts of plays written by the bard, who holds the unique distinction of having composed the national anthems of two sovereign nations India and Bangladesh.

Born in 1861, Tagore was the first Asian to win the Nobel prize in 1913 for his book of poems Gitanjali.

Full report here Sify

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