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Embassy of India, The Hague in association with Tagore Society paid tributes to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on his birth anniversary

By: Pranita Deshpande 


The HagueNetherlands: Keeping in line with the celebration of India’s 75 years of India’s Independence, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s 161st birth anniversary was commemorated at an event held at Embassy of India, Netherlands & The Gandhi Centre in association with Tagore society celebrated ‘Celebrating Tagore’, an evening of performances bringing alive poetic & musical creations of Tagore on Monday, May 9.

Rabindra Jayanti is a cultural festival celebrated every year on Tagore’s birth anniversary.

The day is popularly known as Pnochishe Boishakh among the Bengalis.

The renowned Dutch poet Frederik van Eeden translated Tagore’s poems to Dutch.  Gitanjali called 𝑾𝒊𝒋-𝒁𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒏 in Dutch was reprinted many times. Since then, many of Tagore’s works have been translated in Dutch.

Tagore also visited the Netherlands in 1920 and received a warm reception, charming the Dutch by introducing new philosophical thoughts with lectures to packed houses in major cities 

The Director of the Gandhi centre Shiv Mohan Singh welcomed the gathering and gave a short speech on the message of humanism advocated by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.

Her Excellency Reenat Sandhu, Ambassador of India in the Netherlands, congratulated the artists and encouraged them to continue to inculcate the pride and joy of the poems and Tagore’s ideals and way of life.

R. Chander gave a brief speech on the relevance of Tagore’s teachings in the current context. 

Indian diaspora in the Netherlands recite his poems, stage his plays, and sing his immortal songs as a mark of tribute.

The poetry recitation by mother daughter duo Piyali and Debashri, Rabindra Sangeet by Prajna Bhattyacharya, Jayita, Sandeep Bhattyacharya. And finally, Rabindra Nritya by Priyanka and Noa. The event was anchored by Saumya Shukla.


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