A five-day Rabindra festival organised by the Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha began on Tuesday at Shaukat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library in Shahbagh.
Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique, the vice-chancellor of Dhaka University inaugurated the festival as chief guest while musician Sudhin Das presided over the function.In his inaugural speech Arefin Siddique said, ‘We have to uphold the literature and philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore to the new generations especially for the children’.
Organiser demanded public holiday on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam and to name three major roads of the city after the names of Rabindranth, Lalon Shah and Hason Raza.The organisers paid tribute to Mohammad Shahjahan, who has been playing tabla for the last sixty years. They handed over Taka 20,000 and a crest to the instrumentalist.
‘I feel delighted and honoured because Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha has acknowledged me,’ Shajahan said while sharing his feelings with audience.
Organiser will arrange soirees of Tagore songs and recitations from his poems during the festival. About 175 singers and 15 troupes of Rabidra Sangeet singers from different parts of the country will take part in the festival.Everyday, the function will begin at 5:30pm. The programme on May 8 will begin at 9:00am and will resume at 5:30pm on the day.
There will also be an open discussion on May 6 and 7.