A rare documentary made by Satyajit Ray on the poet’s birth centenary in 1961 will be screened at Nazrul Tirtha at 10.30 am. Ray who was closely connected with Rabindranath had spoken and written about this documentary several times. His father Sukumar, was one of Tagore’s closest associates and Tagore had visited his house at Garpar, Manicktala and sang songs.
Upendra Kishore, Ray’s grandfather was a famous violinist and he, along with Tagore took part in the movement against Lord Curzon’s proposal to partition Bengal in 1905. Young Satyajit visited Santiniketan with his aunt Lila Mazumdar and later, became a student of Binodbehari.
The documentary deals at length about the life and work of Tagore and his universal approach.
Postmaster, a film directed by Srijan Bardhan will also be screened and there will be a programme on Rabindra sangeet. At Swapno Bhor, there will be a function in the evening where poet Joy Goswami will recite poems of Tagore and vocalist Rahul Mitra, will present Tagore’s songs. Swapno Bhor, a centre for senior citizens organises cultural programmes regularly. There are a lawn and a library for the elderly people.
Rabindra Tirtha will organise functions to pay tribute to Tagore on his 75th death anniversary and celebrate its 4th anniversary. There will be functions on August 13, 20, 25, 26 and 27 on Tagore’s dance, drama, and music.
New Town is eventually coming up as a cultural hub where functions, film shows and dramas are held on regular basis. The shows are gaining immense popularity as people from Salt Lake, New Town and its neighbouring areas and also from distant areas like Barasat and Madhyamgram are coming to attend these shows regularly.
Kolkata’s cultural hub is situated in areas surrounding Rabindra Sadan in South Kolkata and it has become a problem for many to attend functions organised in Nandan or in Rabindra Sadan complex despite the Sadan’s close proximity to metro. Another auditorium at Nazrul Tirtha is likely to be opened before the Puja.