London: Dwarkanath Tagore, one of the earliest industrialists in India and a proponent of the Bengal Renaissance, was commemorated yesterday at an event held at his resting place in the Kensal Green cemetery. Dwarkanath, grandfather of Asia’s first Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, breathed his last in London on 1 August, 1846.
Dwarakanath’s mausoleum was recently restored by the Bengal Heritage Foundation (BHF) along with London Sharad Utsav with support from Ilead. The restoration work was carried out by the Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery.
Senior counsellor of the Indian High Commission Mohammed Rashid Khan, and Henry Vivian-Neal from the Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, addressed the motley crowd that then walked from Dwarkanath’s tomb to the Dissenters’ chapel singing popular Rabindra Sangeet ‘Anondoloke Mongol Aloke’.
Social researcher Sagarika Golder spoke on the women in Dwarakanath’s life, while Sourav Niyogi and Amit Guha from the BHF revealed about his lifestyle. Rabindra Bharati University vice-chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury joined over an audio call to present his views on Dwarakanath’s 225th birth anniversary. Koushik Chatterjee read out a passage from Rabindranath’s ‘Jibito o Mrito’. The music played at the programme ranged from Mozart and Rabindra Sangeet to modern Bengali songs. The event ended with the entire group singing ‘Aguner Poroshmoni’.
RadioBanglaNet was the internet radio partner of the event.
Reported by Sambrita Das