Report contributed by: Sharmila Dasgupta.     Pictures contributed by: Sajal Debnath & Dr Pushkar Ghosh Choudhuri.

As a tribute to Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore, Dakshini celebrated Tagore's 150th Birth Anniversary on July 23 (Saturday) at 3.30 PM at William Bristol Auditorium in Bellflower.

On the pleasant summer afternoon, about 200 Bengalis took part to celebrate ‘Rabindra Sandhya’ to pay homage to the great Nobel laureate poet and composer. The evening was dedicated to present Tagore’s incomparable literary works in many forms – recitation, songs, drama, and ‘shruti’ drama. During the first half, local talents from Los Angeles demonstrated their talents through a variety of performances. Each performance was appropriately timed, and was thoroughly enjoyable.

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The highlight of the evening was a memorable performance by renowned Rabindra Sangeet exponent Smt. Pramita Mallick from Kolkata (with musical accompaniment). Smt. Pramita Mallick is today at the forefront of Rabindra Sangeet. Schooled in Santiniketan, Pramita received her training from most of the stalwarts in the field. Her rich and classically trained voice presented an array of excellent compositions of Tagore enriched by the philosophy and spiritual interpretation of the pieces.

The length of the evening program was just right. The local performances did not continue until the audience ran out of patience. Mrs. Mallick was able to start and end her performance on schedule, which was much appreciated. Kudos to the organizers for keeping the event on schedule!

Dakshini President presented a plaque to the Chief Guest of the evening Dr Mani Lal Bhaumik for his outstanding contributions to the Bengali community.

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