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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

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Observance Of Tagore's Death Anniversary
Mesmerising songs and discussions at Bangla Academy

Though it was two days past Srabon 22 the death anniversary of the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore; it wasn't too late to observe the day. One has to give the credit to the organiser for arranging such a fine programme consisting of discussions and solo Rabindra Sangeet performance by Papya Sarwar on August 8.

The first part marked with discussions where Professor Mohammed Hamidul Haque and Dr. Narayan Chandra Biswas presented keynotes on 'Rabindranath Tagore's English Learning Tools' and 'Rabindranath Tagore's Sanskrit Learning Tools' respectively. The programme was presided over by Professor Mahmud Shah Quraishi while Mansur Musa, the, Director General of Bangla Academy gave the introductory speech.

'Rabindranath was greatly influenced by Sanskrit literature, especially poet Kalidas had a great impact on him. Indeed he was dreaming of the female characters of Kalidas's creations', said Narayan Chandra Biswas. ' From his childhood he had learnt Sanskrit from the house tutors and his father Debendronath Thakur. He believed that only through Sanskrit we can understand our language perfectly and that's why he composed books for the children to learn Sanskrit. Even in the Shantiniketan days he persuaded others to learn the ancient language', he continued.

While talking on Rabindranath's scientific English learning method Hamidul Haque said, 'Tagore, was modern in his time to accept new methods by giving priority to listening and speaking methods. But he always believed that to learn English properly one has to have strong base of one's mother tongue'. 'Though the debate on learning method is still going on, but we need to learn from Tagore's learning tools which he created for the children and named it Shahaj Path'.

In his speech Mahmud Shah Quraishi said, ' We should follow the footsteps of the great poet for his time tested methods of learning English and Sanskrit.'

After the gripping discussion, acclaimed Rabindra Sangeet artiste Papya Sarwar mesmerised the crowd with her solo performance. She started with O amaar desher mati in chorus with the students of Geetoshudha. Then she rendered Jodi tor daak shuney keu naa ashey in chorus too. The audience were quite surprised as it was the solo programme by the artiste. But then she rendered a good number of solos to the audience's delight. Shammukhe shantir parabar, which was created for the drama Dakghar touched the hearts of the audience. Then she rendered Onek kotha bolechhiley , which was composed in memory of the poet's wife Mrinalini Devi. Oi maloti lota doley, Hridoyer ekul okul, Ogo tumi ponchodoshi, Aamar moner koner bairey, Shawana gagane ghor ghanghata and Bandhu raho raho shathey were compelling. Next, Papya rendered a few lines of some requested songs. The musical session was rounded up by her favourite numbers Jokhon porbey naa mor payer chinno and Gram chhara oi ranga matir path in chorus with the audience.

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