Themed trains, anthologies of paintings and published works and a proposal for a twin-museum complex and auditorium — the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore on May 9, has set in motion hectic activities to commemorate the occasion.

The first public exhibition of paintings by the Nobel laureate was held in 1930 in Paris. His admirers can now look forward to revisiting those works as well as about 1,500 others in an anthology of his artwork to be published by Visva Bharati.

As a part of the year-long celebrations, the first of the four-volume Rabindra Chitravali — collection of paintings — will be released. The Union government has released Rs.1 crore, the first instalment for the project, said Amitava Chowdhury, a spokesperson for Visva Bharati.

An exhibition train will be flagged off by Railway Minster Mamata Banerjee at Howrah.

It will tour the country with coaches depicting the life, songs, literature, paintings and photographs of the national poet.