Shillong, March 19: SPARK organised a special Holi celebration programme for children on March 18 with an aim to add colours of fun and shades of joy into their lives.
The festival was celebrated with the singing of national anthem followed by a prayer service conducted by the children.
Shima Modak, Founder & President of SPARK explained to the children about the essence of Holi celebration thereby encouraging the children to always follow the path of righteousness.
Basanta Utsav at Brookside Rilbong
On the occasion of Basanta Utsav, Tagore admirers from different parts of Shillong paid tribute to Rabindranath Tagore at Brookside, Rilbong on March 18 at 8 am.
The programme was organised by Malabika Bisharad with the support from department of Arts and Culture and DC East Khasi Hills.
Debi Goswami of Sarada Samiti Laban lit the lamp.
Bisharad welcomed all Tagore admirers and wanted the government to declare Brookside as a heritage site and set up Rabindra Bhawan in the auditorium of Temporary Assembly. She also focused on brief history of Brookside where Tagore stayed in October 1919 and it’s importance as the back drop of Sesher Kobita written by Tagore in South India in 1928.
Tourists from West Bengal also took part.Students from “Shillong Bengali Students Association”(SBSA) joined the programme and paid homage to Tagore. Rabindra Sangeet was presented on the occasion. “Where the mind is without fear”, a poem from Gitanjali was presented by Sonashri Goswami.
Dr Usha Saxena’s poem in audio on Tagore was sent by her from Ludhiana. Social workers Sushit Chaudhary and Kalpana Chaudhary payed their tribute.