Jumbo Editorial Team
A commercial Indian company set an example of sorts by launching a book titled 'Vandana' in order to pay tribute to Literature Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, on his 151st birth anniversary in Kolkata.
India Green Reality, a realty company which is into constructions and furnishing luxurious living spaces and providing amenities, organized the ceremony to give another dimension to the vastness of Tagore.
The initiative of India Green Reality brought to light an archive of unrevealed possessions that are not only rare but also priceless.
The collection also has a section which contains numerous diary pages replete with tributes to Tagore by eminent personalities of India from different fields of art and culture.
Unveiled by veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee, the book enumerates a rare collection of stamps, photographs and an unpublished letter written by Tagore to Late Amiyo Bagchi. It clearly revealed that the art of the Renaissance man still has certain unexplored territories, the unraveling of which would be a sheer delight to all art lovers.
The gathering included sisters Riya and Raima Sen, singer Kunal Ganjawala, June Banerjee and others. The audience was mesmerized by a splendid recital by Bratati Bandhopadhyay and a soulful rendition of Rabindrasangeet by Sraboni Sen. The event also witnessed a grand dance performance by actor Soumili Biswas.
Rabindranath Tagore, who was born in 1861, is credited to have reshaped his region's literature and music. He held the distinction of being the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
He wrote poetry as an eight-year-old and he was only 16 at the time of the release of his first substantial poems In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial, his seemingly mesmeric personality, flowing hair, and other-worldly dress earned him a huge reputation in the West.
The legendary Tagore introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit. He Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures.