Sri Lanka celebrates Tagore`s 150th birth anniversary

Sri Lanka celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Tagore.

Updated: May 10, 2011, 09:04 AM IST

Colombo: Sri Lanka celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore with a series of events, including the release of a special postal stamp.
A commemorative volume, "Remembering Rabindranath Tagore", was release with a compilation of articles in English, Sinhala and Tamil by Sri Lankan and Indian writers.

The volume highlighted the poetic, philosophical and cultural expressions of Tagore and their relevance in today`s world.

It was published by University of Colombo with the support of the India-Sri Lanka Foundation.

Tagore straddled the world of literature, art, music and intellectual discourse and contributed to the cultural renaissance of India, Sri Lanka and other countries of Asia.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa sent a special message for the commemorative volume.

Tagore enjoyed a strong association with Sri Lanka, visiting the island nation in 1922, 1928 and 1934.

On his third visit, Tagore laid the foundation stone for the Sri Palee University.

Hemasiri Fernando, secretary in the ministry of postal services, released the special postal stamp in the denomination of Rs.5 and a First Day Cover commemorating Tagore.

The Amar-Daya Foundation featured a classical musical extravaganza on Rabindra Sangeeth. Sri Palee students performed several cultural activities in honour of the university`s founding father.

The other events scheduled to mark the Tagore anniversary include staging of the play "Shap Mochan", which was staged by Tagore during his 1934 visit to Sri Lanka.

Exchange of visits between Sri Palee and Santiniketan and an exhibition of Tagore`s paintings will also be organised in Sri Lanka later this year along with a photo exhibition on the life and travels of Tagore.

The Sri Palee campus will organise screening of documentaries on Tagore made by students of Sri Palee and talks on Tagore.

Other events during the year include a festival of films based on the novels and stories of Tagore such as `Agantuk`, `Pather Panchali`, `Charulatha`, `Ghare Baire` and `Teen Kanya`.

An essay competition in Sinhala, English and Tamil on Tagore for undergraduate students in the universities in Sri Lanka will also be held.