Nobel Laureate Tagore (07 May 1861 – 07 August 1941) is a Poet, Novelist, Musician, Painter, social reformer, Playwright and freedom fighter all rolled in one. However, it has been a tradition to observe Rabindra Jayanti always on Pochishe Boishakh (Twenty fifth day in the Month of Baisakh) and for the year 2012 with Poila Baishak falling on 14 April, Pochishe is on 08 May 2012.
No one has doubt that all the works of Gurudev Tagore have universal appeal, even though much of his writings was in Bengali. Tagore has the distinction having penned the National Anthem of India "Jana Gana Mana" as well as that of Bangladesh "Amar Sonar Bangla". The temple of education “Visva Bharati” founded by Tagore at Santiniketan in Paschimbanga (formerly West Bengal) is a world famous university and the Government of India as a part of 150th birthday celebrations has announced a special grant of Rs 150/- crores for reviving and restoring its glory.
As part of the celebrations, the GOI also has established a Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony carrying an amount of Rs. One Crore, a Citation in a Scroll, a Plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft / handloom item for promoting values of Universal Brotherhood. It is indeed a matter of pride that Sitar Maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar will be the first recipient of this award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cultural harmony and universal values.
On 08 May 2012, Principal Mrs Booma Natarajan triggered the Rabindra Jayanti celebrations at JMA Pilani with the singing of Tagore’s famous song Ekla Chalo Re followed by recitation of the lines from Gitanjali “This is my prayer to thee, my lord- strike, strike at the root of penury in my heart …..” Addressing the students of the school, she explained the significance of the day by sharing the above details and urged the teachers to take inspiration from the famous quote “Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.”
About JMA Pilani: Hometown to the Birla family, Pilani in the heart of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is well known for various educational institutions, CSIR Laboratory CEERI as well as the upcoming BrahMos Missile Assembly Project unit. Smt Jamuna Mishra Academy - JMA Pilani is a Co-educational English Medium School with Experienced Teachers, Spacious Classrooms and Modern Amenities Designed to impart Quality Education combined with All Round Personality Development and lay the Best Foundation for the Child's Future.
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