Consulate General of India in Vancouver celebrates Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s 162nd birth anniversary

Indian Consul General Manish (3rd from L) and Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley (2nd from L) at celebration of Nobel laureate Rabindrnath Tagore's anniversary. Photos: Consulate General of India

AS a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Consulate General of India in Vancouver organized Oikotaan – Remembrance of Noble laureate ‘Gurudev’ Rabindranath Tagore to celebrate his 162nd birth anniversary in association with the Lower Mainland Bengali Cultural Society. Over 200 guests, including Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley, Burnaby City Councillor Joe Kaithley, members of the Indian diaspora and friends of India participated in the program.

Consul General Manish remembered the life and legacy of poet, philosopher, composer, painter, educationalist, nationalist and visionary Tagore. He recalled his contribution in art and literature, education, and India’s freedom struggle along with his global recognition.

Hurley also spoke about Tagore and thanked the Indian Consulate General in building bridges between various communities by organizing various cultural programs.  In her message, MLA Anne Kang talked about the life and achievements of Tagore and his memorable work.

The evening witnessed a colourful cultural program by the members of Lower Mainland Bengali Cultural Society in which both children and adults enthralled the audience with songs, dance-drama and music composed by Tagore.