| Cultural affairs minister Pranati Phukan felicitates Sudakshina Sharma on the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore at Rabindra Bhawan on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
May 7: Manoj and Manisha Murali Nair, a brother and sister duo hailing from Kerala and experts in Rabindrasangeet, will be in the city on Wednesday evening to regale the audience with their performance.
Manoj and Manisha will perform in the city at a two-day programme organised by Greater Guwahati Rabindra Jayanti Celebration Committee on the premises of New Padmashree Club at Kahilipara from tomorrow to mark the 151st birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
The brother and sister duo grew up at Shantiniketan and made their mark in Rabindrasangeet. They have been singing professionally for the past one decade now, and so far released around 10 Rabindrasangeet albums, including Phagun Haway. They have also released several solo albums.
Besides, singer Sudakshina Sarma, Debojit Saha, Rishiraj Sarma and Sayantan Paul will perform during the two days. The organisers of the took out a cultural procession this evening to kick off the programme.
Gauhati East legislator Rabin Bordoloi, who is the president of the organising committee, said they would celebrate the anniversary to remember the poet’s great works and listen to some soulful Rabindrasangeet at the function.
“Rabindranath Tagore cannot be confined to one particular state or a community. He is for entire mankind. Through his songs and poems he has embraced the world. We want everybody to come and pass a few hours recalling the great writer,” said Bordoloi.
The committee is organising competitions on Rabindrasangeet and painting on the first day. Mihir Kanti Choudhury, vice-chancellor of Tezpur University, will attend the programme tomorrow while Usharanjan Bhattacharyya from Assam University will attend the programme on Wednesday. Chief minister Tarun Gogoi will attend the function on the concluding day.
On the other hand, the three-day concluding ceremony of the yearlong 150th birth anniversary celebration of Tagore began at Rabindra Bhawan this evening. Organised by the cultural affairs department of the state government, the ceremony started with the screening of a documentary based on Tagore’s association with Assam.
“Tomorrow veteran Assamese painters, who learnt painting at Santiniketan, will organise a painting workshop on the premises of Rabindra Bhawan, where upcoming painters will highlight various aspects of Tagore’s life. There are other programmes during the next two days,” said an organiser. He added that the cultural affairs department organised various competitions to mark the yearlong celebrations.