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New Delhi Correspondent
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated Bangladesh’s cultural organization Chhayanaut and to all associated with it for winning the prestigious Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony.
“Set up in 1961, Chhayanaut, has played a vital role in promoting Gurudev Tagore’s works in Bangladesh and globally. Chhayanaut was part of Bangladesh’s freedom movement, even when Rabindra Sangeet was banned in East Pakistan! Congratulations to everyone associated with it”. Modi tweeted. Chhayanaut was chosen for its outstanding contribution to cultural harmony.
Modi also congratulated the other two winners of the award–eminent sculptor Ram Vanji Sutar and doyen of Manipuri dance Rajkumar Singhajit Singha.
Modi headed the jury that selected Chhayanaut, Sutar and Singha for the award instituted by India’s Culture Ministry to mark Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary.
The announcement was made by the Culture Ministry on Thursday last after the jury which also comprised Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi, former bureaucrat N Gopalaswami and Indian Council of Cultural Relations President Vinay Sahasrabuddhe.
The award carries an amount of Rs one crore, a citation in a scroll, a plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft/ handloom item..
The first Tagore Award was conferred on sitar legend Ravi Shankar in 2012 and the second was on composer Zubin Mehta in 2013.