To celebrate Rabindranath Tagore’s 152nd birth anniversary, his works and philosophy, Chhayanaut held a two-day ‘Rabindra Utshab 1420′ (festival) at the main auditorium of Chhayanaut Sangskriti Bhaban in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The festival began on May 9. Leading and upcoming Tagore artistes of the country, as well several cultural organisations, participated in the event.
This is the fifth ‘Rabindra Utshab’ by Chhayanaut. The organisation was founded in 1961, on the occasion of the Tagore birth centenary.
The festival began with a song-and-dance presentation by the artistes of Chhayanaut. Several dancers performed to a live rendition of the song “Parbi Na Ki Jog Ditey Ei Chhondey Rey”.
Dr. Sanjida Khatun presented the crux of a Tagore essay, titled “Shottyer Ahban” (Call of Truth), on the opening day. General Secretary of Chhayanaut, Khairul Anam Shakil, welcomed and thanked all at the event.
With many excerpts and references, Dr. Sanjida Khatun referred to the Tagore creations that inspired the Language Movement and the Liberation War. She also urged all to awaken and embolden the self-force to demolish all the evil forces including bigotry, recently emerged out from the political loopholes.
“Tagore emphasised on self-progress that will come through education. People will then awaken. If we are yet to follow the path that he showed us and let our beloved motherland govern by the bigots, we’ll lose all. Our country will progress if we properly evaluate Tagore’s eternal message, practice self-criticism and do constructive works,” said Dr. Sanjida Khatun.
A cultural programme followed that featured dance performances, poetry recitation and renditions of songs.
Young artistes of Chhayanaut performed “Buk Bendhey Tui Dara Dekhi” and “Nai Nai Bhoy” that seemed to reverberate with the presentation of Dr. Sanjida Khatun, in tune.
Noted dancer and teacher Sharmila Banerjee, her daughter and also a Chhayanaut teacher Sudeshna Swayamprabha, and several other artistes of Chhayanaut danced to a Tagore song “Hingshaye Unmotto Pritthee”. Elocutionist Bhashwar Bandyopadhyay recited at the programme.
A number of Chhayanaut and several guest artistes performed solos. Among others, noted artistes Mita Huq, Laisa Ahmed Lisa, Lily Islam, Azizur Rhaman Tuhin and Debolina Sur (Jessor) performed “Shubho Karmo Poth-e”, “Tor Apon Jon-e”, “Amaye Bolo Na Gahite”, “Oi Jhonjhar Jhonkarey” and “Aponi Obosh Holi” respectively. Artistes of Uttarayan also performed two group songs.
Almas Ali on violin, Asit Biswas on esraj, Pradip Kumar Roy on mondira, Enamul Haque Omar and Subir Ghosh on tabla accompanied the singers.
The curtains came down on the opening day of the festival with a rendition of the song “Cholo Jai, Cholo”. Dance performances, poetry recitation, and renditions of songs by leading and upcoming Tagore artistes marked the concluding day (May 10) of ‘Rabindra Utshab 1420′ that drew a large number of Tagore enthusiasts. Mobile phone operator Grameenphone and Square Group assisted in the festival with Maasranga Television as the media partner.