A series of online performances from Sri Lankan and Indian artists were organised to pay tribute to Nobel Laureate Gurudeb Rabindranath Tagore on his 159th birth anniversary by the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka.
The Deputy High Commissioner of India Vinod K. Jacob presided over one of the events on Friday and offered a floral tribute to Tagore.
The Deputy High Commissioner read out a message from the High Commissioner Designate of India to Sri Lanka, who arrived in Colombo on Friday to assume duties in which he noted that the works and vision of Gurudeb constitute a rich legacy for the entire human kind, the Indian High Commission said in a press release.
The HC-Designate has observed that all Indians feel proud to be inheritors of the light which emanated from Bengal in the 19th -20th century in the form of lives and works of its great daughters and sons, who include Swami Ramakrishna Paramhans, Swami Vivekananda, and Gurudeb. He has expressed his happiness at the sustained efforts undertaken to preserve and promote the invaluable legacy.
Tagore had visited Sri Lanka thrice in his lifetime during 1922, 1928 and 1934 had a profound impact on the socio-cultural relationship between the two countries. His last overseas visit was to Sri Lanka.
The Visva Bharti University at Santiniketan, established by Gurudeb, has continued to attract many Sri Lankan artists and scholars including the great Ananda Samarakoon, who have contributed immensely to deepening the cultural contacts between India and Sri Lanka.
Commemorating Gurudeb’s deep connection with Sri Lanka, the 1500-seater auditorium built in Ruhuna University with Indian Grant assistance, the largest University auditorium in Sri Lanka, was named as Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Auditorium.
Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, the cultural arm of the High Commission, also organized documentary screenings online on its various social media sites.