International Tagore Poems Recitation Day celebrated online in Jamshedpur

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Jamshedpur, June 30: The spirit of celebrating creativity cannot be shackled down by physical obstructions or mental dissuasions. When the world is under continued threat of a pandemic, the zeal of literary purists and lovers of ‘inked expressions’ defy the goriest of fears and spreads sunshine in all dark corners of living routine life. The celebration of International Rabindranath Tagore Poems’ Recitation Day could not be held in the picturesque setting of Rabindra Bhawan this year due to COVID-19 precautionary protocols but the event was organized online by Tagore Society, an organization that devoutly pursues all things cultural to ensure posterity of a contagious heritage.

The creative spirit is impossible to put a lid on. Lovers of Kobiguru’s poems expressed the various flavors of Rabindranath’s poetic brilliance portraying the rainbow colours and moods of nature in synthesis with mental reciprocations.

The online programme was presented in two phases. In the first part, Bimal Chakraborty, Indrani Bandyopadhyay, Sabyasachi Chanda, Dipika Pramanik, Kamala Mukherjee, Rupa Roy, Shelly Biswas Bhattacharya and Subir Das captivated thousands of online viewers with their recitations of the Bard’s poems in Bengali. They were followed by Bijyot Projna Tripathy rendering Tagore’s poem in Odiya while Ratnabali Sengupta and Devhuti Chakraborty recited in English.

The second session was no less exciting with Rabindranath’s poems being recited in Bengali by Shantanu Chakraborty, Chaitali Satpathy, Bhismadev Chakraborty, Priyanka Rakshit, Sandip Ghosh, Subrato Ghosh, Moushumi Ghosh Hazra and Purnima Banerjee. The Hindi recitation was rendered by Shipra Mahanty. Mridula Raje impressed with her Marathi presentation of Tagore’s composition while Ramchandra Majhi in Santali exuded the flavor of the International Poet’s creative pulse. Sumit Ghosh and Sangita Lahiri with their English recitations reignited the passion for Tagore’s poems.

General Secretary of Tagore Society, Ashis Chowdhury, giving an insight into why Rabindranath Tagore is considered a World Poet, said, “It was in 1912 when Rabindranath, during his visit to England, had been invited by poet Rodan Stein where the Bard recited some select poems from his internationally famous ‘Gitanjali’ in the august presence of such acknowledged counterparts as Ezra Pound, Yeats and others of their stature. So overwhelmed were they by Tagore’s compositions that they recommended his name for the Nobel Prize in Literature that ultimately saw Rabindranath being glorified with the honour the following year. The historic day was June 30 and the year 1913. Tagore Society celebrates that event every year which is observed as International Rabindranath Tagore Poetry recitation Day.”

Ashis Chowdhury further observed that this is a special day for upcoming poets and litterateurs who should feel the emotional attachment of the International Poet to the situations and environments that he had expressed through his indelible compositions. “The understanding of Tagore’s poems that these budding talents imbibe will further the cause of man’s emotional and sentimental association with the moods and expressions of nature,” he stated.

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