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Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti

Debashree Bhattacharya
3 to 7 years

Created by Debashree Bhattacharya
Updated on May 09, 2018

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti

Rabindra Jayanti is the day which marks the birth anniversary of the great scholar and novelist Rabindranath Tagore. The birthday of the noble laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore is celebrated on 25th day of Baisakh. In Kolkata, it is popularly called "Poncheeshe Boishakh" and is celebrated ceremoniously and jauntiness all across West Bengal.

The celebration of Rabindra Jayanti is among the most important festivals for people in Bengal. Cultural shows and poetry recitations are organized throughout the city in the memory of the great poet- Rabindranath. Several cultural activities are held at Jorasanko Thakurbari in memory of Tagore. Music, skits, dramas, traditional songs and dances are performed in institutes and theaters that are followed by the distribution of awards.

Rabindra Nath Tagore/ Rabindranath Thakur:

Rabindranath Tagore was born in Calcutta in an affluent Brahmin family. An eminent poet, visual artist, playwright, novelist, and composer Rabindranath Tagore gave a new dimension to Indian literature and music in late 19th and early 20th centuries. He became Asia's first laureate winner of the most prestigious award Nobel Prize in 1913.

Tagore wrote novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays on political and personal topics. His best work "Gitanjali" owed him worldwide acclaim. Tagore brought a cultural reform who modernized art by strictly adhering to classical Indian forms. His composition ‘Jana Gana Mana’ has been adopted as national anthem of India and yet another great composition by him ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’ is acclaimed the national anthem of Bangladesh. The lyrics of his songs have a charm of their own and cast a spell on everyone.

His works are an exclusive blend of Indian poetry and pious theology. Tagore took his ideas of great scholarly works from the Vedas and Upanishads. A soothing mixture of Indian classic music and popular folklore of Bengal has been attributed to him and is called as Rabindra-Sangeet.

About Rabindra Jayanti:

Rabindra Jayanti is an annually celebrated cultural festival, prevalent among the Bengalis around the world, in the remembrance of Rabindranath Tagore's birthday anniversary. Every year, numerous cultural programmes & events, such as : Kabipranam – the songs (Rabindra Sangeet), poems, dances and dramas, written and composed by Tagore, are organised in this particular day, by various schools, colleges & universities of Bengal, and also celebrated by different groups abroad, as a tribute to Tagore and his works.

How Is Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti Celebrated?

Rabindranath Tagore’s birth anniversary is commemorated with reverence and amidst literature. The day is celebrated with great enthusiasm and grandeur in the entire west Bengal. Celebrations are organized by the Government as well as various organizations. In almost all the schools and colleges functions are held based on his literary works. Various programs are held where Rabindranath’s songs are sung and his poems are recited. Various programs starting from dawn to dusk are held at the Jorasanko Thakur Bari, where he was born, at Rabindra Sadan- where musical programs are held and at Santiniketan; where he had set up Viswa Bharati. Rabindra Jayanti is celebrated in all the places which have Bengali population, which includes Bangladesh, US, UK and other countries.

How To Celebrate Rabindra Jayanti At Home With Your Child:

In my opinion it is very important for us to inculcate the spirit of celebration of Rabindra Jayanti among our children from very beginning of their childhood so that they can develop a refined taste in art and culture in their later life.
  • We can organise a small cultural function at home. All family members will take part in it performing recitation, singing of Tagore's songs, dance drama written by Tagore etc.
  • If organisation of a cultural programme is not possible at home, you can just play the songs and poems of Tagore on your music system or even on mobile phones
  • If your baby is a toddler, you can read out poems of Tagore for children to your kid. You can show a photograph of Tagore to your child just to make him/her familiarise with the great personality
  • If your ward is a teenager, gift him/her the collection of short stories written by Tagore on this important day

In conclusion, l can say that Rabindra Jayanti is an extremely important day for me as l am a Bengali. Still now l can reminiscent those old days at my school when l used to take part in Rabindra Jayanti celebration with great zeal and enthusiasm. Hope my three years old son will imbibe the sanctity of this day very soon.

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| May 09, 2018

Hello mommies, l strongly feel that we should encourage our children to celebrate Rabindra Jayanti with great zeal and enthusiasm. Rabindranath Tagore is an immortal soul who enriched the treasure of Bengali Literature with his hallmark contribution. Art and literature knows no boundary of language and culture. Gift your children the translated books of Tagore.

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