The 160th birth anniversary of Biswakabi Rabindranath Tagore is being observed in the country today.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the nation is digitally celebrating the birth anniversary of Rabindranath, who reshaped Bengali literature, music as well as art of Indian subcontinent with contextual modernism.
On the occasion of the poet's birth anniversary, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages yesterday, paying rich tributes to him.
Due to the pandemic, there is no official event on the occasion in the country.
Nobody influenced the minds of so many Bengali-speaking people before or after Rabindranath. His influence has been compared, by many, to that of Shakespeare in the English-speaking world.
The youngest of 13 surviving children of Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi, Rabindranath, nicknamed Rabi, was born on 25th of Baishakh in 1268 (May 7, 1861) in Kolkata's Jorasanko Mansion.
His novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas and essays always speak about the political and personal life of people.
Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced) and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are his best-known works and his verse, short stories and novels were acclaimed for their lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism and unnatural contemplation.
Rabindranath became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
Sometimes referred to as "the Bard of Bengal", Rabindranath's poetic songs were viewed as spiritual and mercurial.
His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: Bangladesh's "Amar Sonar Bangla" and India's "Jana Gana Mana". The Sri Lankan national anthem was inspired by his work.
The legendary poet breathed his last at his paternal home in Kolkata on Sraban 22 of 1348 (August 7, 1941).
State-run Bangladesh Television, private television channels and Bangladesh Betar are airing special programmes, highlighting the life and works of Tagore.
Chayanat will organise a programmme titled "Dhar Nirvar Gaan". The show will be broadcast on Chayanat's Facebook group and YouTube channel at 9:00pm today.