Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Celebrating Bengal’s icon

“Tagore has become an inseparable part of our lives”

…Adity Mohsin

“Tagore has become an inseparable part of our lives”

Standing on the brink of yet another of Tagore’s birth anniversaries, a century and a half later, Bengalis realise that they cannot separate their lives and identities from the works of one of the most influential literary figures of all times.
Rabindranath Tagore has become an inseparable part of our lives. When we see trees swaying against the backdrop of ominous grey, we inadvertently find ourselves reciting, “Nil Noboghoney Ashar Gogoney Til Thai Ar Nahiray, Ogo Aaj Tora Jash Ney Ghorer Bahirey.” The trove of love songs by Tagore says it all. From the lighter flirtatious, “Ami Chini Go Chini Tomarey Ogo Bideshini.. Tumi Thako Sindhu Parey Ogo Bideshini,” to a deeper and more passionate, “Akashey Kar Buker Majhey Betha Bajey, Digontey Kar Kalo Aakhi Akhir Joley Jaye Bhashi… Bhalobashi.”
Not only Tagore’s songs, but all of his creative works have many layers. Filmmakers have tapped the timeless and universal appeal of Tagore’s works to build a broad, global audience and thereby have fulfilled Tagore’s ambition of allowing his works to cross cultural and linguistic barriers.
Remembering the multi-faceted personality of Tagore on his 152nd birth anniversary, acclaimed Tagore artiste Adity Mohsin said, “Tagore songs and poems have touched every possible emotion imaginable. He is such an integral part of our culture that we cannot imagine a day without him.”
Adity has been popularising Tagore songs for some time now. She has been applauded by Tagore aficionados, for her performances at home and abroad.
Speaking on the timeless appeal of Tagore’s works, Adity said “Tagore had always believed strongly that his creations would remain timeless; even a hundred years after his death, they would be cherished the same.” A former student of Shantiniketan, Adity is certain that Tagore songs are still very relevant in today’s world, which is why they will continue to live on.
Even today, 73 years after his death, Tagore holds sway over the hearts of millions with his enchanting web of music, lyrics, stories and plays.