The 35th annual convention of Rabindra Sangeet Shommelon Parishad will start from March 11 at Sheikh Rasel Shishu Park in Patuakhali. The convention will be inaugurated by Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman. The convention will end by March 13. These were disclosed in a press conference held on March 7 at Chhayanaut in Dhanmondi in the city. Noted artist Mustafa Monowar will be present as chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the convention. Veteran Tagore singer and teacher Nirmal Kumar Dasgupta will receive the annual award Rabindra Padak during the convention. A discussion session titled "Shikkha Chintak O Shikkha-Kormi Rabindranath: Shamakalin Tatporjo" will be held in the morning of the opening day. Mofidul Haque will be keynote speaker of the session.
Cultural programmes will be held in every evening throughout the three-day convention. A seminar titled "Robiroshhi" will also be held in every evening. This year's convention has added songs by Mukunda Das, Chhayanaut's poetry "Olekkho", Kanthoshilon's epic "Olekkho", Nrittonandan's rendition of Tagore dance drama "Chandalika" and folk songs in its programme schedule. Songs by the famous five poets who pioneered Bengali literature to break free from Tagore's influence have also been incorporated as part of the cultural programmes.
At the press conference Sanjida Khatun, president of Chhayanaut and Rabindra Sangeet Shommelon Parishad shed light on the reason behind holding such conventions stating that the convention endeavours to look into many thoughts that present-day cultural personalities have regarding Rabindranath Tagore and propagate them in a way which can foster fraternity into humankind as promoted by Tagore.