The 154th birth anniversary of Kabikuloguru Rabindranath Thakur was celebrated on the auspicious dawn of ‘Pachisey Baisakh’ by ‘Khanan’ , the creative Bengali Journal of Vidarbha and the recipient of legendary ‘Mahadiganta’ as well as ‘Premchand Munshi’ Awards, on Saturday, the 9th of May 2015, at Rajaram Sitaram Dixit Library of Dharampeth, Nagpur 440 010, here.
The programme was started with puja and sankhyadhwani which was followed by rich inaugural Rabindra song by Swapan Basu. In between the recorded song of Kabiguru himself worded ”Tobu Mone Rekho....spread divine feelings to the audience. Later briefing the past, present and future projects of Khanan’s Rabindra Smwaran festivities, Sukumar Choudhuri., the Creative Editor of ‘Khanan’ welcomed the gathering.
To grace the occasion Anurup Sarkar, the prominent art lover of the city, released much-awaited Rabindra Bulletin. The two-paged offbeat bulletin, 85th of its kind, has been edited by Sukumar Choudhuri. It contains write ups of Rabindranath Thakur, Manojit Kumar Das, Prabir Chatterjee, Asim kumar Basu, Amarnath Mukhopadhyay, Debasish Bhattacharyay, Animsh Manna and others. Ranjit Acharya, Kausik Chattopadhyay and Jayantakumar Bhattacharya read the selective excerpts from the bulletin.
Later a group of budding artistes from different parts of the city presented a series of eternal Rabindra-songs. Among them Barnashree Nandi, Sharmistha Jha, Swapan Basu, Rupa Dey, Prathistha Sarkar, Shampa Roy, Shukla Mitra and few others enthralled the gathering with their melodious golden voices. Jayantakumar Bhattacharya, Swapan Basu, Pinaki Bandopadhyay and Shuvam supported the artistes with tabla.
Aishwarya Lala and Purnima Das recited Tagore’s divine poems. Mrinalini Kelkar and Sobita Ogiral also read their Marathi translations of Rabindranath’s eternal prose and verses. Jayantaakumar Bhattacharyay read his poem written on Tagore.
To encourage the next generation and also to exhibit the creation of young talents, Khanan not only honour the participation of young artistes’ in its Rabithakur festivities but at the same time publishes the creations of upcoming writers of the green city. The books and journals released by Khanan so far were displayed on a separate counter for the interested readers.
Defining the versatile creative life of Tagore, Sukumar Choudhuri, the Creative Editor of Khanan, rounded up the musical-morning proceedings, which was followed by the enthusiastic chorus ‘Aakaas Bhora, Surjo Tara…......’ by Khanan associates.