Rabindranath Tagore’s contribution to education has been recognised and well-documented too. That factor was the impetus for Upasana in honouring the meritorious students of Lalit Kala Kendra, Gurukul, Savitribai Phule Pune University. Upasana, which is a city-based forum devoted to cultural integration, multi-lingual activities and spreading Tagore’s works, celebrates his birth anniversary (May 7) every year. The forum approached Lalit Kala Kendra, four years ago, to collaborate with them.
“This year, on May 6, meritorious students of the Lalit Kala Kendra from dance, drama and music streams will be performing some of Tagore’s works. This is an attempt to spread Gurudev’s works far and wide. We are also inviting the citizens to take part in the Sandhya Pheri-Baitalik, which will be held in the university campus. More than 100 people will be singing verses from the ‘Bard of Bengal’s famous work — Gitanjali. The special event is titled Shata Kantha Gitanjali or Gitanjali in 100 voices,” explains Amit Mazumdar of Upasana.
When asked to explain the concept of Sandhya Pheri, known as Baitalik in Santiniketan parlance, Mazumdar says, “Initially, when we started, we had Prabhat Pheri, a cultural procession in the morning. Now we will be holding Sandhya Pheri-Baitalik, in which a procession of people, will go around the university campus, singing and dancing to Tagore’s music. Those who are interested can join us. This is a very traditional way of celebrating Tagore’s birth anniversary in Santiniketan.”
The cultural entity wants to spread this movement across the state. “This year, we have invited people from Mumbai to be a part of this event. We want more and more people to be a part of this. Our aim is to spread awareness about Tagore’s contribution to art and music. Three years ago we had Rabindra Sangeet and poems sung in 10 languages,” he adds.
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Rabindrajayanti 2018 celebrations by Upasana will be held on May 6, 5.30 pm at Angan Manch, Lalit Kala Kendra, Gurukul, Savitribai Phule Pune University