Film festival on Tagore gets going in Tripura

MUMBAI: A four-day-long film festival based on Rabindranath Tagore‘s novels is being currently held in Tripura.

Film actress Madhabi Mukhopadhyay was present in the inaugural function today. 

The film festival is a part of the year-long celebrations of the Nobel laureate poet‘s 150th birth anniversary being celebrated in the north-eastern state.

Cine Delve advisor Samiran Roy said, "Films made by internationally famed directors like Satyajit Ray, Tapan Sinha, Purnendu Patri and several documentaries on Tagore will be screened in the festival."

‘As a tribute to the great poet, who had visited Tripura seven times between 1899 and 1926, we are celebrating his 150th birth anniversary with a year-long programme,‘ Sarkar said.

According to Sarkar, the state government would set up a museum and research centre at the 93-year-old Pushpavant Palace, currently the governor‘s house (Raj Bhawan). The Nobel laureate stayed in the palace during his last visit to the state in February 1926.

The state government is building a 1,800-seat Rabindra Memorial Centre in the capital city at a cost of Rs 275 million.

Tripura has also proposed to the union civil aviation ministry to rename the Agartala airport after Rabindranath Tagore.

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