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Take inspiration from Tagore: Nikhil
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 27 (NPN):
Published on 28 May. 2011 12:15 AM IST
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To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and also to popularize the immortal works of Tagore, the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) in collaboration with United Tribal Society organized ‘Festival of Arts’ on Friday at NEZCC complex, Dimapur.
Speaking on the occasion governor of Nagaland, Nikhil Kumar said Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was an outstanding personality, an extra ordinary person with outstanding talents and qualities.
“This is a very special occasion to remember a person talented in multiple disciplines, a great poet, novelist, musician and play writes”, said Nikhil Kumar.
A legend to be remembered forever, the governor said the younger generation should take inspiration from him and his works which has been recognized not only nationally but all over the world.
“It is a matter of great pleasure and proud moment for us that till today, the creations of Tagore have been gaining world wide attention and acknowledgement”, he added.
The governor also pointed out that Tagore’s books written towards the end of 19th century were still widely read, not forgetting the national anthem of India written by Tagore reflecting the togetherness of different regions, zones, languages and cultures of the country.
While disclosing our next door neighbour, Bangladesh also adopted its national anthem from one of Tagore’s works, he said Tagore was a multi talented genius who was the first Asian to have received the Noble prize in literature and humanism during the British rule in India. This he said had influenced even Mahatma Gandhi in his struggle for freedom.
Tagore was knighted by the British but when the British suppressed India in April 1919 (Jalianwala Bagh incident), returned his knighthood in protest for Jalianwala Bagh massacre.
The governor while paying homage to Tagore said the children and younger generation should feel proud to have been blessed with a legend like him whose works still bind the country together. Speaking on Tagore’s music (Rabindra sangeet), Nikhil Kumar said Tagore’s sangeet was the centre of arts today and many have became famous because of his music and compositions.
He also lauded the tribute paid to Tagore through presentation of songs and dance by Dimapur Music College, dance recital by Monica Chanda from Shillong and folk dance by Hornbill Juvenile Club Shamator.
The governor also urged NEZCC to live up to the expectations of the Government of India and urged the younger generation to be inspired from the legend’s personality through this celebration.
During the occasion, a book “Poetic Tributes to Tagore” (collection of poems by children) and a commemorative coin on Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary was released and launched by governor of Nagaland Nikhil Kumar.
Earlier welcoming the gathering, director NEZCC Som Kamei said the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) has been selected as the nodal institution for implementing programmes on Tagore’s works in northeast and a committee headed by Padmashri Ratan Thiyam, a noted cultural personality has been formed by the Government of India to oversee the implementation of programmes in northeast.
The ‘Festival of Arts’ which is a part of the nationwide celebration to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore was recently inaugurated by Prime Minister of India at New Delhi.
The Government of India would be celebrating Tagore’s birth anniversary throughout the year in a series of cultural functions, commemorative events, seminars and symposiums, theatre and other performing arts based on Tagore’s works to make his works more accessible to a wider audience and to preserve them for posterity.
The celebration was attended by students, teachers, people from various walks of life.

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