Sunday, May 9, 2010

Tagore anniv, no reason for Mumbai to celebrate

India’s first Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary is being celebrated today, as per the Bengali calendar. Even as cultural bodies in quite a few other cities are observing his birthday, there is hardly any event in Mumbai to mark the occasion.

Theatre person Dolly Thakore says, “It’s quite sad nothing much is happening in Mumbai on Tagore’s birthday. I guess, as far as Mumbai is concerned, it has too much on its platter — be it Kasab or the MNS. But sadly, we haven’t spent time remembering him.”

Theatre person Alyque Padamsee agrees. He says, “Mumbai is mad about Shakespeare but not Tagore. This is a great pity because Tagore was one of our best poets and playwrights. Wake up, Mumbai.”

Poetess Arundhathi Subramanium says, “Not just Tagore’s birthday, but many other moments go unobserved in Mumbai. We are slowly losing the ability to contextualise our cultural figures.”

Full report here DNA

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