Press Release on Tagore bust unveiling

Press Release on Tagore bust unveiling



         To mark the completion of the centenary of the award of Nobel Prize for Literature to the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, Ambassador Mrs. Banashri Bose Harrison and Prof. Eva Åkesson, Vice Chancellor of Uppsala University jointly unveiled a bust of Tagore on 7th May 2014, the 153rdbirth anniversary of the Poet Laureate. The Tagore bust sculpted by Mr. RamkinkarBaij is a gift from the Indian Ministry of Culture.  The bust will remain permanently in the Uppsala University at Engleska Park Campus and will be a lasting symbol of the links between the poet and Uppsala, which he visited twice.

         The Vice Chancellor thanked the Government of India for honouring the Uppsala University with the burst of such an inspiring literary figure.

         In the afternoon, Prof. Anders Malmberg, Deputy Vice Chancellor and the Ambassador inaugurated a programme coordinated by the Forum for South Asian Studies of the Uppsala University to celebrate the installation of the bust.  The programme comprised of three lectures and performances by the Tagore International Choir from Lund and the Uppsala  University Choir.  Dr. FerdinendoSardella, Department of Theology, Uppsala University spoke on the subject of 'Tagore and the Religious Man'. Dr. Anders Gerdmar of Nathan Söderblom Society spoke about 'Tagore and Nathan Söderblom and Prof. Heinz Werner Wessler, Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University spoke about 'Tagore in Sweden.

         The event concluded with a unique and highly appreciated performances by AstadDeboo, the leading contemporary dancer and choreographer from India who drew on classical Indian dance forms such as Kathak and Kathakali to create two spell-binding dance items inspired by Rabindranath Tagore's poetry.


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Stockholm, 8th May, 2014