At border post with Bangadesh, tune in to songs of Tagore, Nazrul

Kazi Nazrul Islam's Urdha Gagane Baje Madal once inspired thousands of Bengali youths to join the Bangladesh Liberation War. The song, once again, stands on the precipice of being part of a similar moment that may later cut a slice in finding a common ground in the India-Bangladesh relationship.

The two countries' border will tune into Islam's song, along with Rabindranath Tagore's patriotic rendition Ebar Tor Mora Gange, as the jawans of Border Security Force (BSF) and the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) march together to stage their first ever border retreat ceremonies on the eastern front either at the end of July or the beginning of August.

Children from both the countries will recite poems of Tagore with the spectators clapping and cheering.

"The two songs have been finalised but we are considering a few other songs as well. B D Sharma (ADG, BSF) has recommended Dhana Dhanye Pushpe Bhara' by D L Roy, which may also be played," Dibyendu Roy, who has prepared the musical for the entire programme, told The Indian Express.

Dibyendu said he will soon visit Petrapole, along with Sharma and Alakananda Roy, the choreographer, to check out the area where the three-day ceremony will take place.

"We will start the rehearsal soon and finish it in a month's time," Dibyendu, who has worked with Pandit Ravi Shankar and Amitabh Bachchan, told The Indian Express.

Alakananda, who earlier staged dance dramas Balmiki Pratibha by Tagore and Mokshagati involving jail inmates, says that she is planning to involve BSF jawans, too, for taking part in the song and dance programme". "I have already talked to the BSF ADG and he has agreed to cooperate. I will take a few jawans and get them to sing. I am also planning to rope in some of them to recite poems by Nazrul and Tagore, too," she said.

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