Friday, August 6, 2010

Tagore's 69th anniversary of death today

The 69th death anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore will be observed across the country today, paying due tribute to the most celebrated Bengali poet, playwright, novelist, composer and painter.

Tagore, who enriched the Bengali language and literature in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with his astounding talent, died on Sraban 22 in Bangla calendar at the age of 80.

Different social and cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day.

Tagore, popularly known as Biswakobi, dominated the Bangla literary scene with copiousness of works: over 10,000 poems, nearly two dozen plays and play-lets, 12 novels, over 100 short stories, more than 6,000 songs and a mass of prose works on literary, social, religious, political, and other topics.

His English translations, travels and lecture-tours in Asia, America, and Europe; and his activities as an educationist, as a social and religious reformer, and as a politician made him the most widely regarded literary figure in the subcontinent.

full report here Daily Star

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