Various programmes were held here on Friday by the Keala Sahitya Akademi and the Information and Public Relations Department to observe the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

Addressing a seminar, K. Jayakumar, Vice-Chancellor of Malayalam University, said that Tagore’s comprehensive vision made him the Mount Everest of the world of culture.

He could make sense of the contradictions of life. He was self- taught in most of the fields in which he had excelled. His versatility shows his greatness. He was deeply influenced by the Indian spiritual tradition, he said.

Poet Desamangalam Ramakrishnan said that the essence of Tagore’s poetry was his constant yearning for a better, peaceful world.

“His works are rooted in humanism. They are, hence, universal and eternal,” he added.

Historian M. G. S. Narayanan said that Tagore was the flag-bearer of Indian poetry at a time when the western world was not aware of Indian culture.

Writers Anand, Asha Menon and District Information Officer M. S. Alikunju also spoke. Later, a seminar on “Hundred years of Indian cinema” was held.

Writers John Paul, C. Radhakrishnan, Perumpadavam Sreedharan, film director Kamal and film critic I. Shanmugha Das spoke.