By Souvik Goswami
Information Technology has brought Tagore’s works nearer to its readers worldwide.
Thanks to West Bengal Government’s initiatives, from now onward one can easily find entire works of Rabindranath Tagore’s writings on web. That too, in Bengali. With the help of IIT-Kharagpur and Bengal Engineering and Science University ( BESU), Bengal government has been able to digitized the entire work of Tagore, popularly known as ‘Rabindra Rachanabali (which is a compilation of Tagore’s creation in volumes) .
So, if you know Bengali and want to read Tagore’s novels, short stories, plays or even essays online, then just go to www.wbicc.in and with a mouse click you will enter the world of Tagore’s creation. This site is basically made by Bengal government’s information and cultural department’s Delhi office. After login to the website one can find a hyperlink at the bottom of the page, where it says ‘Rabindranath online.’ You click it and Tagore’s world opens for you. When asked about this, a senior officer of the Bengal government posted in Delhi, said, ‘ CM Mamata Banerjee is always trying to portray not only state’s industrial or agricultural potentials, but also the rich heritage and culture of Bengal, in other states and abroad. Tagore is an integral part of Bengali speaking population worldwide and CM wants that his immortal works reaches more to the people. And taking cue from this, state government has decided to put this in government’s official website.’
It has already created interest among the readers. Shikhorini, an NGO professional, working in Delhi for five years, says, ‘Now days we don’t have time to read books but being a Bengali I am interested in Rabindranath Tagore and his creations. Really excited to know about ‘rabindranath online’ which definitely will make a mark for people like us, who are mostly engaged in the online world.’