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I'm a blind fan of Tagore, says Shah Rukh

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he's a big fan of Rabindranath Tagore and though he doesn't know Bengali he's read almost all the translated poems of the bard of Bengal.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2008 05:10 PM IST

Superstar and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team owner Shah Rukh Khan is a true entertainer. Feeling the pulse of the city on Thursday, when Kolkata celebrated the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, he said he was a "blind fan" of the bard of Bengal.

The first thing Shah Rukh said after reaching the city airport for a KKR match at the Eden Gardens in the evening was: "I am a blind fan of Tagore! Though I don't know Bengali, I have read almost all of his translated poems.

"He is the epitome of world literature. Whenever I feel stressed out, his songs and poems inspire me.

"It is an honour that KKR will be playing a match on this pious occasion and that too at the birthplace of the world poet (Bengal). We are really blessed."

Keeping in mind the sentiments that Kolkatans attach to Tagore, Shah Rukh has cancelled his pre-match performance and instead included a 10-minute show by popular artists to pay tribute to the bard of Bengal.

It won't be surprising if Shah Rukh recites Tagore poems to cheer KKR as they play the Bangalore Royal Challengers in a Twenty20 match at the Eden Gardens!

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