To mark the 156th birth anniversary of the famous Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore, India is organising a cultural festival in Egypt. Being hosted by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture, the cultural wing of the Indian Embassy in Cairo, the function started on 8 May 2017. The cultural festival will feature a dance show, film screening, a play and painting competition. The festival will showcase the movie ‘Kabuliwala’ directed by Hemen Gupta on 8 May 2017 at the Hanager Cinema, Opera House Complex in Egypt.
The film is based on a novel written by Tagore and tells the story of an immigrant from Kabul. It will showcase a dance drama by Dancers’ Guild, which will be based on Tagore’s work, ‘Chitrangada’, who is a warrior princess in the ancient epic, Mahabharata. It will be performed at the Sayed Darwish Theatre in Alexandria on May 9 and at the Arab Music Institute in Cairo on May 11. The festival will conclude on 12 May 2017 with ‘Rituranga – Play of Seasons’ which will be performed by members of the Indian community at the Hanager Theatre, Opera House Complex.
Born on 7 May 1861 in Calcutta, British India, Tagore received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. He was the first non-European to win this prestigious award, in recognition for his collection of poems, ‘Gitanjali’. His poetry, novels, plays, short stories and essays are widely read in India and across the world. Nicknamed as Gurudev, Tagore was the person who reshaped the Bengali literature and music as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India’s Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh’s Amar Shonar Bangla. While the Sri Lankan national anthem was inspired by his work.