Celebrate Rabindranath Tagores birthday | Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2020
In the spirit of celebrating Indian culture, let?s learn about the significance of Rabindranath Tagore?s Jayanti also known as ?Rabindra Jayanti?.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861 ? 1941) was an Indian Bengali writer who was a towering figure of 20th century world literature. Apart from being a prolific writer, he was also an influential artist and a musician. Tagore?s best known work in poetry, ?Gitanjali,? led to him receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 making him the first Asian Nobel Laureate.
The birthday of Rabindra Nath Tagore is celebrated on 25th day of Baisakh. In Kolkata, it is popularly called ?Pochishe Boishakh? and is celebrated ceremoniously all across West Bengal. A soothing mixture of Indian classical music and popular folklore of Bengal has been attributed to him and is called as ?Rabindra Sangeet.? In the vast collection of Rabindra Sangeet, every emotion will find a song attributed to it. Be it love, devotion, celebration, separation, patriotism or some random imagination, Rabindranath Tagore has touched every aspect of a human mind and soul. Tagore is an integral part of the Bengali psyche and omnipresent in the art and culture scene of Bengal.
Among the numerous contributions of Tagore is introducing the short story genre to Bengali literature and establishing the prestigious Visva Bharati University. Moreover, Tagore composed the national anthem of India as well as Bangladesh while also contributing to the national anthem of Sri Lanka. Due to this, he remains the only person in the world to have penned the national anthem of more than one nation. He wrote ?Jana Gana Mana,? the National Anthem of India and ?Amar Sonar Bangla,? the National Anthem of Bangladesh.
Instead of going to school and colleges, Rabindranath Tagore opted for an independent study of Shakespeare, Religio Medici, Coriolanus, and Antony and Cleopatra and at the age of 42, he married Mrinalini Devi. At the age of 60, Rabindranath Tagore took up drawing and painting and held many successful exhibitions of his works. His works were inspired by the works of Scrimshaw from northern New Ireland, Haida carvings from British Columbia and Max Pechstein's woodcuts.
The celebration of Rabindra Jayanti is among the most important festivals for people in Bengal. Cultural shows and poetry recitations are organized throughout the city in the memory of the great poet. Several cultural activities are held at Jorasanko Thakurbari as well. Music, skits, dramas, traditional songs and dances are performed in institutes and theaters that are followed by the distribution of awards.
How is ?Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti? celebrated?
In different parts of West Bengal, this day is celebrated with splendor on 7th May. Various cultural events pertaining to Tagore?s works are performed in schools, universities, and even in localities. Dances, dramas, songs, and recitals form an integral part of these events. Foreigners studying in Visva-Bharati University also partake in these events. Various events are organised in Jorasanko Thakur Bari, where Rabindranath was born.
Rabindranath Tagore?s birth anniversary is commemorated with reverence and amidst literature. The day is celebrated with great enthusiasm and grandeur in the entire West Bengal. Celebrations are organized by the Government as well as various organizations. In almost all the schools and colleges functions are held based on his literary works. Various programs are held where Rabindranath?s songs are sung and his poems are recited. Various programs starting from dawn to dusk are held at the Jorasanko Thakur Bari, where he was born, at Rabindra Sadan, where musical programs are held and at Santiniketan, where he had set up Viswa Bharati. Rabindra Jayanti is celebrated in all the places which have Bengali population, which includes Bangladesh, US, UK and other countries.
How you can celebrate ?Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti??
To be a part of the massive celebrations, you can do the following:
? In India, you can explore your city for literary and cultural events celebrating Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti. You can also plan a trip to Kolkata or Shantiniketan (165 kms from Kolkata) to take part in the festival.
? You can organise a small cultural function at home. All family members can take part in it by performing on Tagore's songs and dance drama.
? You can stay at home and just play the songs and poems of Tagore on your music system or even on mobile phones
? You can read the collection of short stories written by Tagore on this important day.
? However, if you are staying abroad check for Bengali communities as a lot of cultural programs are organised by them.
? You can arrange for Rabindranath Tagore?s favorite foods. The plates and bowls to be served in would also be similar to those used during Tagore?s time i.e. made out of clay. The book, ?Amish O Niramish Randhan? (Non-vegetarian and Vegetarian Food) by Prajnasundari Devi, a niece of Rabindranath Tagore, published in 1900 talks about Tagore?s favorite cuisine. Other sources of the foods include old recipes from Thakurbari. Fish was a particular favorite of Rabindranath Tagore, while different types of kebabs were another of his favorites. The Nobel laureate was also fond of cuisines from Spain, England and Turkey.
Grab your highlighter and mark 7th May on your calendar. Try and participate in one of the best literature induced cultural fests in the country, from the comfort of your home.