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Tagore statue unveiled in Meghalaya
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAY 9:
Published on 10 May. 2011 1:21 AM IST
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Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Vincent H Pala Monday unveiled a life-bust statute of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore here in Meghalaya. The statue of the bard stands at the Brookside bungalow, the house where he began writing his ‘Shesher Kobita’ (farewell song) in 1919.
“It is befitting to have a statue of Tagore installed here as he is not only a poet, but a great human being with multifarious personality,” Pala said.
Tagore visited Shillong thrice in his lifetime and apart from Brookeside also stayed in ‘Jit Bhoomi’ at Rilbong and ‘ Sidhli House’ in Laitumkhrah, where he composed some of his greatest literary works.
The hill resort, which he visited thrice in his lifetime, was a great favourite of Tagore who wrote many a story, poem and songs while relaxing at cosy bungalows in various locations here.
A table used by the poet is preserved at the Tripura Castle, a major attraction for tourists. The natural beauty all around the pristine hill station also finds ex-pression in the universal poet’s ‘’Shillonger Chithi’’ (The letter from Shillong).
Pala, who had also bought the Sidhli House, a palace where Nobel laureate stayed during his last visit to Shillong, assured that a statue of Tagore would be erected in the compound.

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