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Jakarta Post

Native Bengalis celebrate Tagore birthday

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, May 24 2010   /  11:33 am

Several girls in bright-colored costumes stride toward a stage, their hands and feet moving slickly as the music plays. A man recites verses from Janmadeen (My Birthday), a poem by renowned Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. The performance, along with a play, was part of the Rabindra Jayanti celebration, Tagore's birthday, held by the Jakarta Bengali Association (JABA) on Saturday. "People cannot run out of things to say about Tagore. We can never speak enough about him," JABA president Madhu Adhya said. "Back home Rabindra Jayanti is a major annual celebration. In India we always celebrate it in a grand way," she said. Rabindranath Tagore was born in Jorasanko, West Bengal, India, on May 7, 1861. Tagore, a poet, novelist, musician and playwright, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his famous work Gitanjali in 1913. He was the first Asian to receive the pres...