Tmc QueS­TIOnS Pm’S LOVe fOR RabIndRa SanGeeT

The Sunday Guardian - - Covert -

In his re­cent 43rd edi­tion of Mann Ki Baat, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, while talk­ing about the con­tri­bu­tion of No­bel Lau­re­ate poet Rabindranath Tagore to the world of lit­er­a­ture, said that when he was young he loved lis­ten­ing to Rabindra Sangeet on All In­dia Ra­dio at 5.30 am. “I do not know Bangla, but had the habit of ris­ing early since my child­hood and in East­ern In­dia, ra­dio broad­casts start early while in western In­dia these start a bit late. I have a faint mem­ory that prob­a­bly around 5.30 in the morn­ing, Rabindra Sangeet used to be broad­cast on ra­dio and I had de­vel­oped a habit to lis­ten to Rabindra Sangeet on ra­dio,” Modi told the na­tion. In West Ben­gal, this has, how­ever, trig­gered a con­tro­versy. Ap­par­ently, AIR does not go on air so early in the morn­ing. “The first Rabindra Sangeet pro­gramme of the day is aired by AIR Kolkata at 7.45 am and the tim­ings were no dif­fer­ent when Modi was young,” claimed a Tri­namool Congress leader.

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