West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday released a commemorative volume of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali (Song Offerings) in 14 languages. August 7 is Tagore’s death anniversary.
“I have not read it all,” Ms. Banerjee said of the translated volume even as she recited some of her favourite lines from the Nobel laureate’s poems like Chitto Jetha Bhoy Shunno… Uchcho Jetha Shir, obliging media request for an impromptu recitation at the State Secretariat.
“This is my favourite and it is world famous,” she said referring to the English translation of the poem.
“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high…” She later paid tributes to the poet at his ancestral house at Jorasanko in north-central Kolkata.