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Gurudev Tagore Remembered- Launch of a Publication


The book "Tagore and Sri Lanka", published by the Indian Cultural Centre, is result of a joint India-Sri Lanka commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Tagore and contains papers presented by experts from India and Sri Lanka at a seminar organized at LKIIRSS on 12 June 2012 touching diverse themes such as Tagore's interpretation of internationalism, Tagore's visits to Sri Lanka linking cultures and their impact on Sinhala Literature and Sri Lankan dance and drama, visual arts and poetic humanism of Tagore. The Publication also contains speeches made by Tagore during his visits to Sri Lanka.

In his address, Guest of Honour Hon. Prof. G. L Peiris, Minister for External Affairs, highlighted that Tagore's idea about an Asiatic cultural tradition and a holistic education made "AN INDESTRUCTIBLE PEOPLE TO PEOPLE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INDIAN AND SRI LANKA". He underlined major contributions of Tagore as his ideas, personality and institution. He recalled influence of Tagore on major Sri Lankan literary and cultural personalities such as Ediriweera Sarachchandra, Chitrasena and many others, who contributed profusely to develop and indigenous cultural tradition.

The Tagore Day also was the culmination of a series of events organized in Sri Lanka over the past two year as part of the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore. These included, inter-alia, the release of a special Postal stamp by the Ministry of Postal Services, Government of Sri Lanka and release of a commemorative volume "Remembering Rabindranath Tagore" with a message from the President of Sri Lanka on 7th May 2011; a Tagore Film Festival organized in September 2011, 'Shaap Mochan', a dance drama in which Tagore had personally acted in Colombo and Jaffna in May 1934 and which was appreciated widely, including by SWRD Bandaranaike, former Prime Minister, re-staged in Colombo, Jaffna, Kandy and Hambantota in November 2011 by an ICCR sponsored troupe of Ashimbandhu Bhattacharjee & Bimbavati Devi in form of a fusion of Manipuri and Kathak dance performance "Prabhu Amar Priyo Amar"; an Exhibition of Digital re-prints of Paintings by Tagore and a photo exhibition on Tagore's Pilgrimages to the East in December 2011; 'An evening of Tagore Songs' by the famous Rabindra Sangeet singer from Bangladesh Rizwana Choudhary in March 2011; Lectures on Tagore by Dr. Reba Som, Director, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Kolkata, at the Universities of Colombo, Kelaniya and Sri Jayawardenapura in January 2011. In addition, a number of events were organized at the Indian Cultural Centre in association with a number of Sri Lankan institutions.

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