Tagore remembered

To mark the 152nd Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies and Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies (LKIIRSSCCIS), the University of Colombo, the Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies and Indian Cultural Centre, are jointly honouring the Nobel laureate.

The LKIIRSSCCIS is scheduled to conduct a "Tagore Day" event at its auditorium at No: 24, Horton Place, Colombo 7, today.

The volume titled "Tagore and Sri Lanka" would be released by the Senior Minister for International Monetary Cooperation and Deputy Minister of Finance, Sarath Amunugama. External Affairs Minister, G. L. Peiris would be the Guest of Honour while Indian High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha will preside over the ceremony, the Indian Cultural Centre Director, M. Ramachandran said.

Friends of Santiniketan and Sri Palee College would also present music and dance performances as their tribute to the Nobel laureate poet. The programme was conceived keeping in mind Tagore’s special relationship with Sri Lanka, the country he visited thrice and left an everlasting imprint on its art and culture, Ramachandran said.

He noted that the volume edited by Radha Chakravarty, featuring the speeches of Ashok K Kantha that maps the impact of Tagore’s relationship with Sri Lanka, will also be released.

Yesterday the Deputy Indian High Commissioner, P. Kumaran garlanded the bust of Tagore at the main Library of the University of Colombo, in the presence of the academic community and Tagore aficionados.

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