Kolkata: With a number of musical programmes to be held all over the state and a handicraft fair in the city, West Bengal on Monday geared up to celebrate the 151st birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore on Tuesday.
Organised jointly by the West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts along with Rabindra Bharati University, the 26th Lokshilpa O Karukriti Mela was inaugurated by Higher Education Minister Bratya Basu at Jorasanko Thakurbari, the ancestral home of the Tagore family in north Kolkata.
Altogether 50 artists, craftspersons and weavers have come from different parts of the state along with their wide range of handicraft products like 'patachitras', decorative items made of 'sola' (spongewood), 'Chhau' dance masks, 'dhokra' handloom items, 'batik' work, 'baluchari' and 'kantha'-stitch sarees.
Celebrated according to the Bengali calendar, Tagore's birthday, known as 'Pachisse (25th) Baishakh' in Bengali, has been declared a holiday by the state government. ...more
11:51 PM, May 07, 2012