Indian delegation to visit Bangladesh to discuss joint celebration of Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary
Reported on: December 18, 2010 15:50 PM
Reported in: National
Dhaka, Dec 18 (UNB)- An Indian delegation would visit Bangladesh from Sunday to take forward the plans of joint celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel Poet Rabindranath Tagore in 2011.
The decision was taken during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visit to India in Jan this year.
India Blooms News Service (IBNS) says a Committee under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a National Implementation Committee under the Chairmanship of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had been constituted to facilitate the process.
The National Committee, in its meeting held on May 20, decided that special emphasis be given to the Joint Indo-Bangladesh celebrations. A nine-member Indian Delegation led by Jawhar Sircar, Secretary, Union Ministry of Culture, will visit Bangladesh from December 19-22 to finalise the joint celebrations.
IBNS says the team comprises officials and cultural experts. There will be a wide ranging discussion with the Bangladeshi authorities in the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs. The discussions will cover various aspects of the celebrations such as exhibitions of Tagore’s paintings, seminars, workshops, commemorative publications on Tagore, joint productions of dances/dramas based on the stories written by Tagore, Rabindra Sangeet, films inauguration of “Rabindra Tirtha”, or Tagore - related Tourism Circuits, including Jorasankho, Shantiniketan and Shilaidaha in both countries.
It will also focus on instituting a Tagore Chair at Dhaka University, scholarships for Bangladeshi students, awards for noted Tagore Scholars in India and Bangladesh, presentation of Tagore memorabilia to Bangladesh, Indo-Bangladesh Maitri Car Rally, etc.
The opening ceremony of the celebrations will be held on May 7/8 2011 in both the countries and will continue till 2012. The Indian delegation also plans to visit important places associated with Tagore in Bangladesh including Kushtia, Shahzadpur and Shilaidaha during the visit.