“Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high,
where knowledge is free.
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by
narrow domestic walls.”——————————-Rabindranath Tagore.
Bong people have so many things to make the world envy. From Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay to Satyajit Ray, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose to Khudiram Bose, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray to Satyendra Nath Bose, and so on — many legendary figures took birth in the soil of Bengal and made India proud.
Who is Rabindranath Tagore?
Rabindranath Tagore is an eminent personality who won Asia’s as well as India’s first Nobel Prize (Literature) in 1913 for “Gitanjali, Song Offerings”. Later, he was awarded by ‘Knighthood’ in 1915.
Though, Tagore relinquished the ‘Knighthood’ after the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre to raise his voice against such fiendish work by the British army.
Rabindranath Tagore (Thakur) was a Bengali polymath and globally known as Kabiguru, Gurudev, Rabi Thakur, and Biswakabi. He had given a new edge to Bengali literature and music with apposite modernism in delayed 19th and near the beginning 20th centuries. His presence and literary assets still possess and melt every heart of Bengali people with love and adore.
What is Rabindra Jayanti?
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Rabindranath, the “Bard of Bengal” took birth on 7th May 1861 (25th of Boishak in 1268 according to Bengali Calendar) in Jorasanko Thakur Bari Calcutta. He was the youngest child of Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi. Till date, every year Bengali people celebrate his birthday to vow tribute to the greatest poet ever on the 25th day of Boishakh (First month of Bengali calendar). All the Bengalis in different parts of the world celebrate the day as “Rabindra Jayanti” to reminiscence Kabiguru and his great works.
Rabindra Jayanti is one of the special as well as prestigious annual cultural events that celebrated with grace, devotion, and enthusiasm in schools, colleges, universities, workplaces, and localities in Bengal. Even, Bengalis who live abroad do not forget to celebrate the day with the same elegance and attachment as an accolade to Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore.
How is Rabindra Jayanti celebrated?
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Bengalis follow a tradition when it is all about celebrating Rabindra Jayanti. Men are dressed in Dhuti and Panjabi, whereas women are dressed in Sarees. Even boys and girls follow the same dress code. Women use Jasmine or Tuberose garland as an ornament and tie their buns with these garlands.
Boys, girls, men, women and, individuals of different ages take part in this cultural program. Songs, poems, dances, and dramas written as well as composed by Rabindranath are performed during the celebration of Rabindra Jayanti.
Special Places to Celebrate Rabindra Jayanti in West Bengal
The birthday of Biswakabi is celebrated in different parts of Kolkata as well as West Bengal with color and splendor.
Santiniketan (Birbhum, West Bengal) is the place where Rabindra Jayanti is celebrated wonderfully every year. “Visva-Bharati University” arranges all the events with care to celebrate the day in full swing with various performances like dance, song, poetry, and drama.
People from various parts of Kolkata, India as well as foreign lands visit Visva-Bharati to join the celebration.
Date of Rabindra Jayanti in 2020 (Bengali Year 1427)
In 2020, the 25th of Boishakh falls on 9th May, and it is a Wednesday. Kolkata, India as well as World will celebrate the 159th birthday of Rabindranath Tagore. Schools, colleges and universities have already started rehearsals to perform on this day. Clubs and organization have already prepared their to-do list and drawn strategies to celebrate this day.
Whether you are a student or a working professional or a housewife, everyone is welcome to celebrate the event. You can arrange a cultural performance at your home with all the members of the family.
Important Message: As the tribute to Rabindranath Tagore, Government of India had issues 5-rupee coin imprinted with the image of Rabindranath Tagore on the tail side in 2011 to celebrate the 150th birthday of Biswakabi.
Let the poetic air pass through your mind and soul this year on the birthday of Rabindranath Tagore, and absorb into the magic of Tagore with songs, poems, music, dances, and dramas.
Prottek er Ponchise Boishakh hok annondomoy ebong susongothito nache, ganne, kabitai o chande.