Toronto Bengalis Celebrate Tagore-Yeats Friendship

On the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of the renowned Nobel Laureate poet William Butler Yeats, Bangladeshi Novels (an website of Bangladeshi novels) celebrated his friendship with the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore on 18 December 2015 at Albert Campbell Library Auditorium, Toronto.

The celebration programme, presided over by senior Poet Asoke Chakravarty, featured discussion, Tagore’s song and recitation from Yeats, and reading the message from International Yeats Society message.

Dr. Dilip Chakraborty, noted writer Dr. Borhanuddin Khan Jahangir, Bangladeshi Poet Asad Chowdhury, freethinker Akbar Hossain, Dr. Sujit Dutta, organizer Farhana Pallab and researcher Subrata Kumar Das discussed on Nobel Laureate William Butler Yeats’ poetic carrier and his friendship with the first non-white Noble Laureate for literature Rabindranath Tagore.

Elina Mita, Joachim Victor Gomes and Poroma Saiba recited Yeats’ poems ‘Lida and the Swan’, ‘The second Coming’ and ‘Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’. Shekhor Gomes, Kolyaniya Purobi and Manik Chanda recited the Bengali version of these three poems which were translated by Nafiza Nawar, Rezvi Zaman and Sujit Kusum Paul respectively.

Sajib Chowdhury read out the message from International Yeats Society received through Kezia. Valentina Bhowmik sang from Tagore’s ‘Geetanjali’.

The programme was attended by the teachers, students and other intellectual members of the city community and conducted by Yeats enthusiast Sujit Kusum Paul, a member of International Yeats Society.