A two day Rabindra Utsab, arranged by Rabindra Academy, was held at the main auditorium of National Museum from November 27-28. The festival was inaugurated by Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman.
International Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr Gowher Rizvi attended the ceremony as the chief guest. With Rabindra Academy President Azizur Rahaman Aziz in the chair, the opening ceremony was addressed by Dhaka University Pro-Vice-Chancellor (VC) Muhammad Samad who was the special guest. The inaugural speech was delivered by Rabindra Academy’s General Secretary Bulbul Mahalanbish.
An inaugural dance performance, directed by Amirul Kabir Ratan from Nrittyalok Shangskritik Kendra, was shown at the beginning. Rabindra Academy also arranged a musical event along with it. The audience was mesmerized by both the performances.
Eminent Rabindra Sangeet singer Fahmida Khatun and Rabindra expert and columnist Ahmed Rafik received the honorary award at the ceremony. The 2-day festival also featured several Rabindranath-related seminar, discussion, Rabindra songs, dance and cultural shows.
A seminar on Rabindranath’s education and learning was held where the Vice-President of Rabindra Academy, Professor Moniruzzaman, Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra University, Shahjadpur, Professor Biswajit Ghosh and Professor Shafiul Alam and Professor Mobasshera Khanam Bushra of National University conducted the discussion in the seminar.
The discussion focused on the contribution of Rabindranath Tagore. The discussants said that Tagore reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with contextual modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He believed in the power of education to bring liberation to humankind and he introduced new ideas such as education should consist of training in all the senses, not only the mind.