Kolkata: People from across the world have converged at Santiniketan for Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary celebrations this Sunday, while his ancestral house here has been spruced up. The programme at Santiniketan will begin early in the morning with students and teachers of Visva-Bharati going in a procession known as “baitalik”, singing his songs.
Tagore's ancestral house, Jorasanko mansion, where the poet was born and later died in 1941, has been decorated with flowers.
Renowned exponents of Rabindra Sangeet will perform at a cultural programme at Rabindra Sadan here.
A special train, ‘Sanskriti Express', will be launched on Sunday to showcase his life and work across the country. The train will be flagged off by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee from Howrah station.
Rabindra Bharati University, founded in 1961 to mark Tagore's centenary year, has started a Rs. 15-crore project of renovating Tagore's ancestral home.
The university also has a plan to publish annotated volumes of Tagore's works on education, aesthetics and village reconstruction. It also proposed to open a new campus at Siliguri for fine arts and visual arts.
Calcutta University and Jadavpore University are also all set to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of India's first Nobel laureate.
Calcutta University Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das said Tagore was associated with the varsity in various capacities and also gave advice on running it. The university, he said, has drawn up a year-long programme to celebrate his 150th birth anniversary.
Jadavpur University officials said it has decided to set up a cultural institute to preserve Tagore's works, besides setting up a state-of-the-art theatre for dramas, dance-dramas and music.
A Tagore film festival is also on the cards.
St Xavier's College will also pay homage to Tagore, who was a student of the school's preparatory entrance standard in 1875. - PTI