Today is 25se Boishakh – the 157th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. The day is being observed across the State with full fervour.
A cultural programme was organised by the State Information and Culture Department today at Rabindra Sadan. Titled ‘Kobi Pronam’, the function was inaugurated by the Chief Minister.
Highlights of the CM’s speech:
It is impossible to discuss patriotism, education, culture, environment, love, separation or any other subject with a reference to Rabindranath. He was ‘Bishwa Kobi’ (world poet).
Rabindranath is omnipresent. He belongs to everyone. Poetry, plays, music, painting – he has left his mark in every sphere.
Rabindranath’s writings are our driving force, our inspiration.
Rabindranath showed the way to the rest of the world. It is our pride that he was born in Bengal.
Rabindranath epitomised humamnism, modernism, culture, senstivity, patriotism. Gandhiji gave him the title ‘Gurudev’.
Rabindranath loved people of all communities and classes equally. He stood for unity and harmony, which are burning issues in this day and age. Even, Netaji, Gandhiji and Ambedkar believed in these ideals.
This day is like Bengali new year. Some people call this day World Culture Day, while others celebrate this day as Rabi Dibas.
Rabindranath Tagore is timeless. He will live in our hearts as long as culture and civilization exists on earth.
Rabindranath’s “Where are the mind is without fear” is an inspiration for the youth.
Being oblivious about Rabindranath is like forgetting one’s culture. We will live with our heads held high, following the ideals espoused by Rabindranath. We will not be led astray by intimidation.