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.