158th Birth Anniversary of ‘Bishwo Kobi’ celebrated across the country

Rajesh, Noakhali, 19 May 2019

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Polymath, poet, author, painter, Musician Rabindranath’s 158th birth anniversary celebrated in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy inaugurated the nationwide celebration of the 158th birth anniversary of the world-renowned poet. Education Minister Dipu Moni inaugurated the event, while Cultural Affairs Minister KM Khalid chaired the programme. President of Bangla academy Dr Anisuzzaman, literary researcher Dr Sanjida Khatun, acting Secretary of cultural ministry Dr Md Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal and Liberation War Museum Trustee Mofidul Haque were present on that occasion.

Every year this day has been celebrated with great enthusiasm. Earlier a month ago, on March 21, The Nobel Foundation paid tribute to Rabindranath Tagore through a message remembering this 1913 Nobel Prize awardee on their official Twitter page on the occasion of ‘World Book Day’ scheduled on April 23, 2019, like each year. Rabindranath Tagore received a Nobel Prize for his internationally acclaimed collection of poetry ‘Gitanjali’. He was the first Bengali to receive the award.

Photo: Twitter page of The Nobel Foundation

Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s quotes about libraries

“Libraries are more important to the education system than the institutions such as schools, colleges and universities.”

“The extent of use to which the reading material of a library is put should determine its importance rather than the staggering number of volumes.” (p. 359*)

“The worth of a librarian should be gauged by his power of attracting and looking after such circles by acting as the intermediary of intimacy of relationship between reader and the library.” (p. 359*)

“On him (librarian) is cost the burden not only of books but of their readers as well and in the maintaining of both proper discharge of his trust and efficiency. ” (p. 359*)

These quotes have been cited from Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations, Mohamed Taher, L. Ramaiah, published by Aditya Prakashan (September 1, 1995)