Nepal observes Tagore`s 150th birth anniversary
Last Updated: Sunday, May 08, 2011, 00:37
  
Kathmandu: Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav on Saturday opened Ravindra Nath Tagore festival and released Nepali version of 'Geetanjali', a collection of the Nobel laureate's poems, to mark his 150th birth anniversary.

Yadav opened four-day Ravindra Nath Tagore festival at Nepal Academy hall in the capital amidst recitation of poems and songs by him.

The festival is being organised by Anandalok, a Nepali musical group, in association with Indian Embassy here and BP Koirala India Nepal Foundation to mark the birth anniversary of Tagore.

On the occasion he shed light on the contributions made by Tagore in re-introducing Gurukul system of education in India and underlined the need to follow the foot steps of Tagore in making educational institutions child friendly.

Highlighting the contributions made by Tagore in world literary field Indian Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood said that Tagore was the first Asian to receive Nobel Prize.

On the occasion President Yadav released Nepali version of Geetanjali translated some 60 years ago by Khagendra Pradhananga, who was the librarian at Indian Library in Biratnagar, an eastern Nepal town, at that time.

Asesh Malla, renowned dramatist of Nepal, who also happens to be the son of Khagendra, read out stanza from Geetanjali on the occasion.

Malla along with his Sarvanam Group will stage a play based on Tagore's short stories on the final day of the festival on May 10.

A film festival is also being organised as part of the celebration in Kathmandu.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, May 08, 2011, 00:37


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