Gulzar, in one of his interviews, had spoken of a book that he borrowed from a librarian, who was a refugee. The book, Tagore’s Garden, altered his taste in literature. It prompted Gulzar to learn Bengali to read more of Tagore’s works. Gulzar has since drawn inspiration from Tagore’s works. This was the idea behind the show that was held on Friday that spoke of Tagore’s inspiration in Gulzar’s creative journey. The show, Two Poets, featured a few common segments such as both their love for monsoon, their philosophies of life, passion for love, love for children and much more. Choreographer Sudarshan Chakravorty and RJ Roopsha Dasgupta read out stories taken from Gulzar’s interviews in the past. Singers like Rupankar Bagchi and Chandrima Bhattacharya rendered some of Gulzar’s creations, composed by Salil Chowdhury, RD Burman, Kanu Roy, Ilayaraja and Ustad Amzad Ali Khan. Srabani Sen sang a few Rabindrasangeet. Gulzar had even translated Tagore’s works in Hindi. He penned the Hindi script for the light and sound show at the Jorasanko Thakurbari. Tagore lives within Gulzar’s creative mind, inspires him, nurtures his artistry through various ways. The event was hosted to celebrate Gulzar’s birthday which is today.
Source: Times of India