BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: On the occasion of Basanta Utsav, a festival pioneered by Rabindranath Tagore, one of his songs was skewered publicly at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata – a university named after him.
Two photographs from the celebration have gone viral on social media on Thursday night where objectionable words, including commonly used Bengali slangs, were written on the backs of saree-clad female students. Their male counterparts wrote similar words on their bare chests with gulal.
The song in question is Tagore’s Shedin Dujone Dulechhilo Bone. It had been distorted into a comic version named Chaand Uthechhilo Gogone by YouTube sensation Roddur Roy, where he replaced some original words with slangs.
Incidentally, this song went viral and numerous people shared laughs over this, but when such humour is brought out openly into the public space during a landmark celebration, it is bound to have consequences. Especially, since it is a Tagore song, Bengalis were extremely infuriated.
Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, the Vice-Chancellor of the University said, “The post has been identified by us and it has happened on our campus. The University authorities will decide the course of action.” He also added that since outsiders had come to the campus to celebrate the festival, it is difficult to identify the culprits.
The derogatory act of the students was slammed by netizens, including some politicians and celebrities. Bengali actor Mainak Banerjee took to Facebook to condemn this act. Tollywood director Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, who is also BJP Mohila Morcha leader, quoted Tagore to criticize this act.
A netizen commented, “When people downgrade, they cannot see their end. I feel ashamed and insulted as a Bengali. Was it necessary to pollute a person’s name who is the country’s pride?”