Formal Opening Ceremony was held in New Delhi on 7th May, 2011 and in Dhaka on 6th May, 2011. Detailed Cultural programme such as Rabindra Sangeet, Recitation, Dance performance with eminent cultural personalities from both countries were worked out. Programmes were held in Shantiniketan and Kolkata too.
An International Conference on “Contemporising Tagore in the Modern World”, anchored by Prof. Muchkund Dubey from India and Prof. Imtiaz Ahmed of Dhaka University, was held between 29th April 2011 and 1st May 2011 at Dhaka. The following themes were identified for Joint Workshops and Seminars as Rabindranath Tagore had contributed significantly in these sectors:
Organisations on both sides like ICCR, Bangla Academy, Sahitya Akademi and Universities held Joint Workshops/Seminars on these topics.
Inauguration of 'Rabi Tirtha' or a Tourist Circuit, covering Jorasanko, Thakurbari, Shantiniketan, Tripura, Shillong etc. in India and Shahzadpur, Kusthia and Shilaidaha in Bangladesh was agreed upon.
The Tagore International Prize for Universal Brotherhood has been instituted by Government of India. Awards for achievements in Tagore Studies and Performing Arts could be conferred during the Opening/Closing functions of the Commemorations.
Bangladesh was keen to have an exhibition of the original paintings.
Bangladesh’s proposal to set up ‘Bangladesh Bhavan’ in Shantiniketan, was agreed to.
A workshop was held with dancers and choreographers from India and Bangladesh on 10 February 2011. Ms. Priti Patel, a well known Manipuri dance exponent and choreographer, coordinated with the group involving different classical and folk dance forms of the two countries.
The workshop will see an assembly of playwrights and scholars from the different parts of India particularly West Bengal, Assam, Tripura and Delhi and from Bangladesh. The Project has been conceptualised in three phases viz. Pre-Workshop Phase, Workshop Phase and Post-Project Phase. It is being coordinated by Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation.
A painters workshop was held with artists from Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy from 10th – 16th May, 2011 at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. The works executed during the workshop were exhibited at the Akademi from 18th – 24th, May, 2011.