Santiniketan: Visva-Bharati has decided to present a replica of the first edition of Rabindranath Tagore’s anthology of poems – Gitanjali, which was published in 1912 in London.
This will be Modi’s first visit to Santiniketan as the chancellor of the university. The university authorities will also present to Modi a replica of the original manuscript of Tagore’s poem Chitto jetha bhoyshunyo both in Bengali and the poet’s translation of it in English (Where the mind is without fear) which is part of Gitanjali.
As per the draft programme schedule, Hasina will leave Dhaka in the morning of May 25. She will arrive at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airtport. Indian premier Modi will also reach the airport almost at the same time.
The two leaders will leave Kolkata for Bolpur subdivision in Birbhum by helicopter and will join the convocation of Visva-Bharati in Santiniketan. Later, they will inaugurate the Bangladesh Bhaban and hold a bilateral meeting at the conference room of the bhaban.
On May 26, the PM will travel to Asansole to join the convocation at Kazi Nazrul University. From there, she will go to Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral home, which been turned into a museum dedicated to the life and works of the Nobel laureate. The premier is expected to depart Kolkata for Dhaka at 9:30pm.
On the same day, Hasina will attend an iftar party, to be hosted by Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Moazzem Ali, at Taj Bengal Hotel in Kolkata. Mamata has been invited to attend the iftar.