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Wednesday , May 7 , 2014
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CD & yoga tribute to Tagore

- City cradles line up bard birth anniversary programmes

If Rabindranath Tagore’s birth anniversary is round the corner, how can no plans be made to celebrate his works?

Students of Tagore School of Arts in Jamshedpur will launch an audio CD at Rabindra Bhavan on Friday in a tribute to the Nobel laureate. Sung by 25 budding singers of the school, the playlist will be a mix of 10 popular as well as offbeat songs.

The recordings have been done under the guidance of mentor Chandana Choudhury and Calcutta-based Bhavna Records have recorded the CD.

“I was approached by the music company when I was in Calcutta. Although these are mostly group songs, the CD will serve as a motivation to other students of Rabindrasangeet,” said Ashis Choudhury, secretary of Tagore Society.

The Society has lined up a host of cultural programmes for three days, starting May 9, to mark Tagore’s 153rd birth anniversary.

Beginning with a prabhat pheri, the first day of the three-day event will see a cultural evening and an art exhibition by senior students and teachers of Tagore School of Fine Arts, another unit run by the Society.

On May 10, teachers of Tagore Academy will stage dance drama Taasher Desh — a popular work by Tagore. May 11 will be a musical day with Tagore Society members performing Jibon Pather Gaan.

“We try to do our best to promote Tagore’s works and this year we will only continue with the practice. While the cultural performances are a part of our calendar, the audio CD will be a confidence boost for the Society as well as other students,” said Choudhury.

Not just Tagore Society, ADLS Sunshine School, too, has made plans. The cradle will attempt to combine Tagore renditions and yoga.

Class IX student and yoga enthusiast Divya Jyoti Gopal will perform with her guru Shubhashish Bhaduri at what is being called rhythmic yoga.

“The special yoga session will be a treat both for the eyes as well as the ears,” said Indrani Singh, the principal of ADLS Sunshine School.