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Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti in Shanghai: Gurudev remembered as ‘cultural bridge’ between India and China

The Consulate General of India, in Shanghai celebrated Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti on Sunday.

 

As Shanghai is in lockdown for more than six-weeks now, the event “Remembering Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on his 161st Birth Anniversary” was organized online featuring Rabindra Sangeet, which included dance, sitar recital, songs and poetry by members of Indian community. The Consulate on its WeChat account said that event started with the inaugural address of the Consul General, Dr. N. Nanda Kumar in which he elaborated on the life and works of Gurudev and referred to him as the ‘cultural bridge’ between India and China. Dr. Nand Kumar highlighted the visits of Gurudev to Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Jinan, Beijing, Taiyuan, and Hankou.

The event witnessed enthusiastic participation from members of Indian community from all over Eastern China Region. The cultural programme started with a recitation of a poem called Banshi (flute) by Dipayan Rudra. The poem was written between the First and the Second World War period depicting the alienation and longing for love, and emotional dependence of a small-time urban office goer in Kolkata. The poem was followed by song “Amaro Porano Jaha Chai” sung by Ipshit Bagchi, and dance by Ms. Suparna on Rabindra sangeet “Mon more megher songi”. Another melodious song by Ms Aditi was followed by Gurudev’s famous song “Ekla Chalo Re” on Sitar by a student, Shubodeep Sinha. The programme ended with two songs sung by Goutam Sen, one based on Rag Bihag and the other inspired from a seventeenth century Irish Song.

A Bengali polymath – a painter, writer, composer, playwright, philosopher and social reformer, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s visit to China in 1924 during which he gave lectures and met social luminaries, is fondly remembered by Chinese people. Even Chinese President Xi Jinping takes inspiration from Tagore’s works. Chinese State news agency Xinhua reported last month, while speaking on China-India relations in India, Xi said he had read Rabindranath Tagore’s works including “Gitanjali,” “Stray Birds,” “The Gardener,” and “The Crescent Moon.” Quoting some of the lines of the poems, Xi said “these beautiful lines full of philosophical wisdom have greatly inspired me.”

Anshuman Mishra/Beijing

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