Source : Times of India
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee extended her wishes via Twitter.
“Today is the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. My tribute to the great poet and writer on Pochishe Boishakh (the 25th day of the first month of the Bengali calendar Baisakh when the poet was born),” she said.
It has been an age-old custom to celebrate Tagore’s birthday as per the Bengali calendar.
Since morning, people came out in ethnic attire to celebrate the occasion with offerings of Tagore’s popular songs, enactments of his plays and readings from the works of the polymath.
Cultural programmes, including the famous dance dramas composed by Tagore, were organised in a large number of educational institutions, clubs and localities across the state. Political parties and non-governmental organisations also joined in.
A huge gathering was seen before Tagore’s birthplace Jorasanko Thakurbari (the sprawling ancestral house of the Tagores at north Kolkata’s Jorasanko), where the room where he was born was thrown open to the public through the day. Well-known singers, elocutionists and dancers participated in a cultural programme in the courtyard of the house.
Special prayers were organised in Birbhum district’s Shantiniketan – the knowledge town of Tagore’s dreams that blossomed into the Viswa Bharati University in 1921.