A Tagore museum to be built in Kolkata by China

Kolkata, May 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) In the global scenario of terror and unrest, with the increasing pace of commercialization, ‘culture’ can really pitch in with its own sets of cementing ideas and values; pulling the nations closer together and thereby enlightening the world on the need for peaceful co- existence.

The cultural icon and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s one fiftieth birth anniversary has inspired one of India’s Asian counterparts to boost bi lateral ties with the latter. In a significant piece of development China has seized upon the noble occasion to give shape to a museum in memory of the master composer.

The proposed museum will find its location at the poet Laureate’s original residence in Jorasanko. Incidentally the esteemed ambience of Jorasanko also houses a university named after its renowned son.

Chinese Ambassador Mr. Zhang Yan while making the official declaration as to the country’s purpose of dedicating a museum to the poet’s honor also emphasized upon the rapidly developing diplomatic ties between the two nations. Museum which appears to be a chief priority on the Chinese agenda is likely to be completed by the end of this year. It is supposed to showcase books, mementoes and documents related to the Nobel Laureate. The announcement was made during the release of a book delving into the various facets of Tagore’s relationship with China.

During the inaugural launch of the book named “Tagore and China”, Mr. Yan highlighted upon the core content of the book revolving around the master composer’s interaction with China and its people. Focusing on the timeless brilliance of Tagore, the Chinese ambassador unraveled the book’s importance in enhancing cultural and diplomatic ties between the two South Asian nations. Published by a leading publication house by the name of ‘Sage India’, the book is the first of its kind to mirror the essence of Tagore with a focus on the cultural and diplomatic build up between India and China. Apart from bringing out the philosophic poet’s twin visits to China, the concerned compilation of documented essays and memorabilia also brings to light the World poet’s special relationship with Xu Zhimo- one of China’s leading poets. The interesting volume of documentaries and reflections testifies to the admiration of Xu Zhimo and that of his interpreter for the greatest poet on Indian horizon. The complete anthology is supposed to be a poignant expression of Tagore’s unequivocal influence on the entire Asian scenario.

Having been forwarded by Ms. Nirupama Rao and edited by leading Chinese scholars, the released book (translated in English)  holds out interesting prospects for the Indian readers.  A specially included chapter on Sino-Indian ties is another of its highlights. Penned by the revered economist and Nobel Prize Winner Amartya Sen, the chapter in all likelihood may cater to the economic subtleties concerning the two nations. According to the chief executive officer of the concerned publication five more books gearing to the bilateral ties between the two countries are in the offing.

The official function concerning the book’s release was attended by a host of dignitaries including the leading names of Indian bureaucracy. One of them, Mr. Kaushik Basu struck the essential chord in insisting how relation between nations can be given due impetus at socio cultural realms. It is indeed true that culture can do the needful where politics fails to deliver.