Sri Lanka to Release Stamp on Tagore

COLOMBO: The Government of Sri Lanka will release today a postal stamp and first day\"\" cover on Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary celebrations.The stamp, priced at LKR 5, will be released by Minister for Postal Services Jewan Kumaranathunga at a function presided over by Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha, said the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, Vikram Misri, here.

The events for the celebrations are being organised by the Indian Cultural Centre in association with the Bangladesh High Commission, Sri Lankan Ministries and Universities, the Tagore Society of Sri Lanka and the India-Sri Lanka Foundation.

Tagore visited Sri Lanka thrice – 1922, 1930 and 1934 – and was instrumental in the renaissance of its culture. He wrote the national anthem for two countries – India and Bangladesh – and influenced the anthem in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan national anthem was written by Ananda Samarakoon, most probably in 1939-40, while he was Tagore\’s disciple at Visva-Bharati University. Samarakoon\’s first Shantiniketan stint ended after six months but he heralded a new brand of Sinhalese music influenced by Rabindra sangeeth.

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