Inaugural session marred as Stage collapses
Agartala : By Our Correspondent
The inauguration of re-built Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhawan was marred this morning at the central program here when a stage collapsed and left four artists injured. The makeshift stage was built in front of Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhawan in the heart of the city to inaugurate the newly re-built Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhawan and launching of fortnight-long celebration of the Nobel laureate’s birth anniversary. The incident occurred in presence of Information Cultural Affairs Minister Bhanulal Saha and a few minutes before the arrival of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.
The inaugural program has been cut short following the accident. Police said, two of them were shifted to GBP Hospital and rest two was released after first aid in the IGM Hospital. However, Sarkar formally opened the Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhawan built at a cost of Rs 32 crore sanctioned by Union Ministry for Development of Northeast Region under Non-lapsable central pool of resources with two larger seating capacity auditorium, state-of-the-art facilities and all other modern arrangements. Sarkar accompanied by Saha and others unveiled the statues of Tagore on the occasion of his 153rd birth anniversary and music maestro Sachin Debbarman in the campus and paid floral tributes. In 1913, Tagore became the first Indian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel laureate is the author of the country’s national anthem. Addressing the gathering, Sarkar focused on state’s rich cultural heritage and efforts being made by the state government in preserving and protecting state’s indigenous and folk culture. “It is not enough to formally observe Tagore’s birth anniversary through programs, if we are to really pay our regards to him we should live by the values he cherished”, he attributed.
In the evening, President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter and renowned Kathak dancer Sharmistha Mukherjee blended Tagore’s poetry with a Percy Byshe Shelley poem in a performance along with 1000 other artists from different parts of the country and Bangladesh during the fortnight-long program. The inaugural session was attended by vice chairman of State Planning Board Anil Sarkar, chairperson of Agartala Municipal Corporation Dr Prafullajit Sinha, TTAADC chairman Mongsajai Mog and Chief Secretary Dr SK Panda. Several cultural organizations also celebrated the day at Rabindra Kanan with due pomp and gaiety here. ICA Director MK Nath offered tributes to the statue of Tagore there.