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We?ll look after our Gurudev ourselves

LUCKNOW?s BENGALI fraternity will now look after Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore?s statue that stands ?with its head held high? right in front of the DM?s residence. On the poet?s 145th birth anniversary, they have decided to moot a proposal before the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) and district administration for permission. A decision to this effect was taken at a small gathering in front of Tagore?s statue on Tuesday morning.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 00:01 IST

LUCKNOW’s BENGALI fraternity will now look after Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s statue that stands ‘with its head held high’ right in front of the DM’s residence.

On the poet’s 145th birth anniversary, they have decided to moot a proposal before the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) and district administration for permission. A decision to this effect was taken at a small gathering in front of Tagore’s statue on Tuesday morning. Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan’s- Lucknow Chapter president Gopal Chakravarty said, “Since the government has their own priorities, its high time the Bengali community should join hands and mount pressure on the government to allow Bengali organizations to look after the poet’s statue.”

Ajit Das, IAS (Retired) too, said proper maintenance of Tagore’s statue was very important the the Cultural Department may be entrusted with the task. “But if the Department felt it was not up to the task, the maintenance could then, be entrusted to some Bengali organizations,” he said. Mukhapatro editor Amalendu Dutta also expressed pain at the state of the neglected statue.

The city, which has strong links with Tagore, witnessed simple celebration on the Nobel Laureate’s 145th birth anniversary on Tuesday. Representatives of a number of Bengali organisations like Bengali Club, Rabindra Palli Housing Cooperative Society, Milan Sangha, Aliganj, Gomti Nagar Puja Committee and several other Bengali associations collected at a special programme to pay tributes to the poet. The programme was conducted by Ajit Das.

Bengali Club general secretary Arun Banerjee says, “It was a heartening sight to see some 80-100 people gathered around the Tagore statue. We’re unanimous about the responsibility of maintaining the statue”.

Outgoing DM RN Tripathi too paid tributes to Gurudev. “His contribution cannot be undermined. Tagore was a versatile genius and it was a great feeling to see so many people presenting Rabindra Sangeet. Bengali culture has always impressed me.”

Later in the evening a musical programme was also organized at Bengali Club.