In an interesting turn of events, the city of Wroclaw in Poland has named a square after Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan’s late father and celebrated poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan. By Amitha Ameen
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Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan recently took to his Instagram feed to post a picture of a signboard of a square in the city of Wroclaw in Poland that featured his late father Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s name.
“The City Council of the City of Wroclaw, Poland has decided to name a Square after my Father. There could not have been a more apt blessing on Dushhera than this. A moment of extreme pride for the family, for the Indian community in Wroclaw and India. Jai Hind (sic),” read the caption.
Earlier in July, the students of the University of Wroclaw had paid tribute to the late Hindi poet by reciting one of his popular poems Madhushala. “Last year the Mayor of Wroclaw declared me as the Ambassador of the City of Wroclaw, in Poland… Today they organised a recitation of my Babuji’s Madhushala by the University students on the roof of the University building,” wrote the actor alongside the clip.
T 3601 – I am moved to tears !
Wroclaw, Poland was awarded UNESCO City of Literature, today they organised a recitation of Babuji’s Madhushala by University students on the roof of the University building. They pass the message Wroclaw is a City of Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan. pic.twitter.com/Rvl4q7Liof
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 21, 2020
Last year as well, Amitabh Bachchan had visited the country when his father was being honoured at one of its oldest churches. “At one of the oldest churches in Europe, in Poland a prayer for Babuji. So touched and such an emotional moment, his soul must be at peace and love. Thank you, Bishop and the people of Poland, such an honour,” the actor had tweeted on the occasion.
Late Harivansh Rai Bachchan was a Padma Bhushan award winner who passed away in 2003.