As Bangladesh marks the 68th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore on Thursday, several of his memorabilia, including a ledger where the poet maintained his bank accounts of the Nobel Prize money, are in a state of disrepair in the country.
Bangladesh's Department of Archaeology has not taken adequate steps to preserve the Tagore's memorabilia, including 11 letters written by his son Rathindranath. They have been neglected since 1946 at Kaligram Rathinadranath Institution Office under Atrai sub-division in Naogaon district, The Daily Star newspaper reported on Thursday.
A senior official of the department said the organisation had been informed 16 years ago about the rare manuscripts but has still to collect them, the report said.
M Matiur Rahman Mamun, founder general secretary of Rabindra Shahitya Parishad, Atrai sub-division, said two iron safes are negligently kept at the local land office and post office.
The authority, he said, has been informed about the iron safes along with other memorabilia, such as a ledger where the poet maintained his bank accounts of the Nobel Prize money. He became Asia's first Nobel laureate when he won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature.
The ledger was collected by Mamun from local sources and is still to be handed over to the department as a rare antique, said sources. Mamun handed it over to the local administration on May 8 but the field officer of the department is unable to provide information about its location.