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Tripura plans yearlong programme to commemorate TagoreTripura plans yearlong programme to commemorate Tagore

The Tripura government has planned a year-long programme to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore who, few people know, had an intimate relation with the princely state.

india Updated: May 20, 2010 12:39 IST

The Tripura government has planned a year-long programme to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore who, few people know, had an intimate relation with the princely state.

Tagore wrote a number of novels and songs with the state's history as themes.

''The poet visited the state seven times and accepted hospitality of four successive kings. He wrote 'Bisharjan', 'Rajarshi' and 'Mukut' with the history of Tripura as the theme", Pannalal Roy, an author and researcher who studied the relation between Tripura kings and Tagore, said.

When after the untimely death of queen Bhanumati King Birchandra Manikya became very sad, he received a book of poems by Tagore who was an unknown poet at that time.

The book 'Bhagnahriday' touched his heart and the king had an instant realisation that the writer was a great poet in the making.

The king sent his secretary, Radharaman Ghosh to the Tagores' house at Jorasanko in north Kolkata in 1882 when he was just 21 years of age and felicitated him, Roy said.

After that on an invitation of the king, Tagore first came to Tripura in 1899. The relation between the king and the young poet was so intimate that whenever the king went to Kolkata, he used to meet the poet, Roy said.