Kolkata: The Birth Anniversary of Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore was celebrated with due respect in every part of Bengal on the auspicious Pochishe Boisakh.
Like every year the State Information & Cultural Affairs department held a function at Cathedral Road to mark Kobiguru’s birth anniversary. The function was graced by the Chief Minister along with artistes, singers, intellectuals, dignitaries from various embassies.
The CM said: “People of Bengal consider Rabindra Jayanti as a special day in the year. Our life is incomplete without it. Tagore is evergreen, timeless. He is bishwa kobi. He is bishwa sera.”
The Chief Minister also said, “Our day starts with Rabindranath. His lines stay with us through our daily work. Our day ends with his words. As long as we exist, Rabindranath will continue to live in our hearts. This life is meaningless without him.”
The celebration of Rabindranath’s birth anniversary will continue for 15 days (Kobi Pokkho) from May 10-24, 2017. Cultural programmes will be held at Rabindra Sadan auditorium and complex, Sishir Mancha and Bangla Academy. An exhibition on ‘Tagore and his thoughts on nationalism’ will be held at Gaganendra Pradarshanshahla.
The Wildlife Division of the Forest Department has initiated ‘Forest Bathing’ on the occasion of Rabindra Jayanti. Forest bathing describes the practice of paying a short, leisurely visit to a forest for health benefits. Rabindra Sangeet will be played in the forest during the Forest Bathing programme.