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A tribute:Renderings from Gurudev's literary works by eminent actors, (top left) Saoli Mitra (Bengali), Ram Gopal Bajaj (Hindi), (bottom left) Sarita Joshi (Gujarati) and K. Kaladharan Nair (Malayalam) to mark the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Rabindranath Tagore in New Delhi on Saturday.
A tribute:Renderings from Gurudev's literary works by eminent actors, (top left) Saoli Mitra (Bengali), Ram Gopal Bajaj (Hindi), (bottom left) Sarita Joshi (Gujarati) and K. Kaladharan Nair (Malayalam) to mark the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Rabindranath Tagore in New Delhi on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: To mark the 150 {+t} {+h} birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sahitya Akademi, Lalit Kala Akademi and the Union Culture Ministry are hosting a three-day event at Rabindra Bhavan on Copernicus Marg here that concludes this Sunday.

“Rabindra Pranati” acknowledges Tagore's genius manifested in the entire array of arts that are represented by the three national akademis. Rabindra Bhavan has been chosen as the venue to open the year-long commemoration because it was built to house the akademis on the occasion of the multi-faceted personality's centenary in 1961.

The Union Government has constituted a national committee under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister for commemorating the 150 {+t} {+h} anniversary of Tagore. A smaller national implementation committee headed by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has been set up to work out the operational details.

Mr. Mukherjee will be the chief guest at Meghdoot Theatre I (Open Air) in Rabindra Bhavan on Sunday to pay tributes to Tagore. He will also release a commemorative coin to mark the inauguration of the Union Government's commemorative programmes to celebrate Tagore.

On Sunday, “Kavyanjali” – a poets' meet -- will be held at Sahitya Akademi Auditorium. It will be followed by a puppet play, “Raja O' Rajdrohi”, based on a story by Tagore in Bengali. “Nrityanjali” -- dance excerpts based on Tagore's works by leading choreographers -- and “Swaranjali” -- songs of Tagore by the Calcutta Choir from Kolkata -- will be the other attractions.

A panel discussion on “Re-exploring Tagore's Art”, renderings from Tagore's literary works by leading actors and an instrumental ensemble by All India Radio's Vadya Vrinda were the highlights on Saturday.

A book exhibition on Tagore titled “Tagore's Treasures”, renderings of “Gitanjali” in different Indian languages by eminent poets and Rabindra Sangeet by eminent artistes from Kolkata and Delhi were the special features of the programme on Friday.

The Bengal Association is also organising a special programme at the Rabindra Bhavan lawns on Sunday to mark the historic occasion. “Morning Homage” will see Tagore lovers paying tribute to him by rendering his works. Artistes will participate in the event that is being hosted by the Bengal Association since 1986.

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