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Hear his songs echo in the hills

Rabindranath Tagore may not have set foot in Ranchi, but the bard’s 153rd birth anniversary celebrations in the capital on Friday proved the versatile genius continues to have a strong grip on countless hearts.

A motley group of enthusiasts observed Rabindra Jayanti at the landmark tourist spot Tagore Hill — the hillock that the Nobel laureate’s elder brother Jyotirindranath had bought and later built a house to spend his sunset years.

Tagore’s fans and followers in Ranchi traditionally observe his birth anniversary every Panchishe Baisakh for the past few decades because of this hillock’s association with the Tagore family.

“It was a hurriedly organised programme,” said Subir Lahiri, one of initiators.

Still, the event was heart-warming. Vocalists like Tanima Chatterjee and Ajana Mitra rendered Rabindrasangeet, while Sudipto Chakraborty and Kishalay Bhattacharya recited Tagore’s poems. Shrabani Gangopadhyay performed to the tunes of a Rabindrasangeet performed by Julia Aditya.

“The atmosphere was serene and the programme had simplicity,” said artiste Dinesh Singh.

Tagore Hill may have been the centre of attraction on Friday, but a host of small programmes were also held across the city.

Rock Garden saw some 60 people paying their tribute to the bard. Students of LEBB High School also staged a few of Tagore’s plays at school.

Capital’s oldest cultural organisation Union Club and Library presented an assorted collection of various genres of Tagore’s songs interwoven by a script.

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