• Tue. Jun 18th, 2024

Arts & Culture Minister lays foundation stone of Tagore Cultural Complex at Shillong

Minister in-charge Arts and Culture, Bah Paul Lyngdoh laid the foundation stone of the Tagore Cultural Complex at Rilbong, Shillong in the presence of Sanbor Shullai MLA cum Chairman MTDC, F. R Kharkongor, Commissioner & Secretary, Arts and Culture Department, F. M Dopth, Secretary Arts and Culture Department, D. D Shira, Director, Arts and Culture Department, and others.

Addressing the gathering, Bah Paul Lyngdoh said today marks the first anniversary of MDA II government and this cultural complex is a birthday gift in a way to the people of the state.

He also said Shillong is not just a name, a city or an address but it is a hub of culture and it is also an icon of civilization. He invoked the historical ties of Shillong with eminent Bengali figures like Gurudev Tagore and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Reflecting on the recent unveiling of the Tirot Singh bust and library in Dhaka, Lyngdoh expressed the government’s aspiration for reciprocity, materializing in the form of the Tagore Cultural Centre. Inspired by the very place where Tagore penned some of his most renowned works, this centre aims to become a global cultural, connecting Shillong, Dhaka, and West Bengal.

Quoting Gurudev’s philosophy, Lyngdoh underscored the imperative of transcending ethnic identities to become global visionaries. Urging community support, he called on everyone to spread the news that Shillong has enriched its cultural landscape with the establishment of the Tagore Cultural Complex. Notably, the complex boasts a unique feature—an intimate space once utilized by Tagore, including a bed where the literary giant once rested. In conclusion, Lyngdoh appealed for proactive backing to rejuvenate Shillong as a vibrant centre of art and culture, exemplified by initiatives like the Tagore Cultural Complex.

 

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