The Union and West Bengal governments are planning many events, activities, publications, and even the renaming of government programmes.
The Sahitya Akademi is planning more translations of Tagore’s work and 40-odd poets from outside Bengal are likely to travel to Santiniketan to acquaint themselves with the Nobel laureate’s work. The Lalit Kala and Sangeet Natak Akademis will organize events across the country to showcase Tagore’s non-literary work. An eminent panel headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will oversee the celebrations.
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will organize events internationally and a new Indo-Bangladesh train will be announced in honour of the poet who composed the national anthems of both countries.
The Prime Minister has mentioned that Bangladesh will be a partner in the celebrations. The executive board of Unesco has also approved a proposal to celebrate Tagore’s birth anniversary.
The West Bengal government has named a Rs600 crore rural development project after Tagore, while the Union railway ministry is planning to set up two Tagore museums—at the Howrah railway station and at Santiniketan. The Tagore family mansion in Jorasanko in north Kolkata will get a facelift and the Nimtala burning ‘ghat’, where Tagore was cremated, is getting a facelift.
Other projects, currently in various stages of planning, include films, a car rally to Bangladesh, music albums of rare songs and theatre productions.