Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tagore retains dream, breath of India

Melodious renditions of Rabindrasangeet or songs of Rabindranath Tagore echoed in the air. Glowing in dim ochre light was the bronze bust of "Gurudev" perched upon a pillar under a sprawling green tree. Oil-lit earthen lamps dotting the stage periphery of the open air theater were adding to the effects of the warm starry evening on Sunday.

It had some inkling with the open outdoor university of Shantiniketan founded by Tagore in West Bengal but the scene was set in the heart of New Delhi's Meghdoot theater at Rabindra Bhawan.

The occasion was special -- to pay a tribute to Tagore on his 149th birthday. The three day-birthday celebrations, which began on May 7, has also ushered in year-long festivities to mark his 150th birth anniversary next year.

Full report here Xinhua

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