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Sanskriti Express arrives in Mysore on Friday

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The train commemorates Tagore's 150th birth anniversary


It will be stationed at the Ashokapuram Railway Station in Mysore from October 22 to 24

The exhibition train will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; entry is free


Mysore: Sanskriti Express, a special exhibition train, launched by the Indian Railways to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore will arrive in Mysore and be stationed at the Ashokapuram Railway Station from October 22 to 24.

The exhibition train will showcase the life and philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore and is a tribute by the Railways to the poet laureate.

The five-coach exhibition train was flagged off by the Minister for Railways Mamata Banerjee from Rail Museum, Howrah on May 9, 2010 and will run throughout the country over the next one year and return to Howrah on May 8, 2011. This train will also go to Bangladesh during this period.

The five air-conditioned coaches depict Tagore's achievements and his philosophy.

A release issued by the railway authorities said the first coach called “Jibon Smriti” depicts the life of Tagore through photographs, his reminiscences, about Santiniketan and about Sriniketan.

The second coach of the Sanskriti Express is called “Gitanjali”. In it on exhibit are poems for which he won the Nobel Prize in 1913.

The release pointed out that two songs from Rabindra Sangeet canon are now the national anthems of India and Bangladesh - namely Jana Gana Mana and Amar Shonar Bangla.

In the third coach of the train called “Muktodhara”, on exhibit are Rabindranath Tagore's literature besides photographs.

In the fourth coach called “Chitrarekha”, paintings, landscape, masks, sketches, illustrations and self portraits of Tagore are on display.

In this coach on display are also paintings by other renowned artists like Nadalal Bose, Abanindranath Tagore, Gaganendrananth Tagore, Binod Behari, Ramkinker Bej, Sunayani Devi and Sudhir Khastagir.

In the fifth coach, which is called “Sesh Katha”, photographs of Tagore's last journey and those of his last days are on display.

Poems which he had written during the days before he passed away on August 7, 1941 are also on display.

This coach also has a section called “Smaranika” which is an exhibition and sale of handicrafts from Santiniketan, photo print and handwriting of Rabindranath Tagore.

Entry to Sanskriti Express is free.

It will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. B.B. Verma, Divisional Railway Manager, will inaugurate the exhibition train.

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