Railways flag off Sanskriti Express, announce Cultural Board
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 09, 2010, 21:15
Kolkata: The Railways Sunday joined the rest of the country in paying tributes to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary by launching 'Sanskriti Express,' a train showcasing his life and works and announcing a Culture Promotion Board.

"We are forming a new Culture Promotion Board in lines with the Sports Promotion Board," Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee announced before the flagging off of the 'Sanskriti Express'.

Railway Board Chairman S S Khurana will be chairman of the board, while Rabindrasangeet exponent Dwijen Mukhopadhyay will be vice-chairman, she said, adding that the board would comprise about 13 members drawn from the field of culture.

The formation of the board had been proposed in this year's Railway Budget and it would supervise the Railway's year-long programme to commemorate Tagore's sesquicentennial, she said.

A Tagore museum is being constructed by RITES opposite the Howrah station and Rs 25 crore has been sanctioned for this, she said, adding, the Prantik station near Santiniketan would be developed into a model station.


First Published: Sunday, May 09, 2010, 21:15

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