Rabindranath Tagore May 1861 – 7 August 1941), was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”, he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his “elegant prose and magical poetry” remain largely unknown outside Bengal. Tagore introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit. He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of the modern Indian subcontinent.
Besides these, he wrote musical dramas, dance dramas, essays of all types, travel diaries, and two autobiographies, one in his middle years and the other shortly before his death in 1941. Tagore also left numerous drawings and paintings, and songs for which he wrote the music himself.
TIME OF PROGRAMME FROM 8.00 PM TO 11.00 PM
- ARRIVAL OF GUEST OF HONOUR AND NATIONAL ANTHEM
- RENDERING OF POEM – “WHERE THE MIND IS WITHOUT FEAR” IN BENGALI, ENGLISH & BAHASA MALAYSIA
- CHILDREN’S DANCE ITEM IN BENGALI “AI TOBE SHOHO CHORI
- SPEECH BY CHAIRMAN OF MBA, PJ BRANCH
- SPEECH BY CHANCELLOR/VICE CHANCELLOR OF HELP UNIVERSITY
- SPEECH BY GUEST OF HONOUR
- DANCE DRAMA, “CHITTRANGGODA” IN BENGALI
- GEETANJOLIR GOLPO – PERFORMANCE BY GUESTS FROM INDIA
- KRISHNOKOLI – A POEM RECITED IN CHORAL SPEAKING STYLE IN ENGLISH AND INVOKED THROUGH A DANCE
- INTERVAL WITH REFRESHMENTS
- A DANCE ON THE INFLUENCE OF NORTH INDIAN MUSIC ON TAGORE’S COMPOSITIONS
- 2 DANCES ON THE INFLUENCE OF CARNATIC MUSIC ON TAGORE’S COMPOSITIONS
- A DANCE IN BALLET STYLE ON THE INFLUENCE OF WESTERN MUSIC ON TAGORE’S COMPOSITIONS
- RENDITION OF WESTERN SONGS THAT INFLUENCED TAGORE’S COMPOSITIONS:
- RENDITION OF SIMILAR COMPOSITIONS IN BENGALI
- CLOSING SONG IN ENGLISH, BENGALI AND BAHASA MALAYSIA
Forum on “Tagore – The Universal Man” will commence at 10:00 am with the following speakers:
- Dr. Hena Mukherjee
- Mr. Himanshu Bhatt
- Mr. Henry Lim
- Mr. Satyam RoyChowdhury
The Moderator for the Forum will be:
- Dr. Jayati Roy
Luncheon will be at 1.00 p.m. consisting of Bengali dishes.
BA Hons. University of Singapore (State Scholar)
Dip Ed. & Med. – University of Malaya
Doctorate in Education – Harvard University (Fulbright Scholar)
Retired as Lead Education Specialist from The World Bank, Washington DC. Worked primarily in South Asia and China for the World Bank.
Currently World Bank Higher Education Consultant working in South Asia and East Asia regions with KL as base.
Prior to that was Chief Education Programme Officer at the Commonwealth Sercetariat in London, having moved there from The Faculty of Education, University Malaya where she was Associate Professor and Founding Head for the Department of Social foundations.
Current Research and Publication Focus – Quality, Access and Equity in Higher Education.
Topic : Rabindranath Tagore as represented by the Bengalees in Malaysia and Singapore.
Mr Himanshu Bhatt is a Journalist, Theatre practitioner and Heritage Activist currently based in Penang.
He is a former News Editor of ‘The Sun’ and has over the last 20 years also served as a Senior Writer of the New Sunday Times and The Edge Media Group.
He recently authored a coffee-table book on “Little India of George Town” and a book titled “A Quick Guide to Butterworth”.
Himanshu Bhatt has also researched and written extensively on the Bujang Valley archeological site.
A scholarship graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles, Himanshu has been engaged in about 60 theatre and film projects over the last 25 years, including dramatic recitals of Rabindranath Tagore’s plays and short stories.
Topic: Rabindranath Tagore’s Journey in Malaya spreading Universal Values.
Henry Lim is the Executive Vice President(Operations) with HELP International Corporation Bhd, a private higher education provider based in Malaysia, and operating throughout South and East Asia.
Henry was trained as an agricultural engineer, and has had a hands-on career in both the agro and manufacturing industries. His initial career focus was in agricultural engineering with the Unilever Group in Malaysia. He subsequently switched to manufacturing facilities management and production operations at Universal Cables Bhd and other manufacturing plants. In addition to hands-on practice, Henry has also consulted for government and private organizations on engineering and electronic commerce regulation, policy and business development.
While pursuing his MBA, Henry started a 22-year career in higher education. He was involved in the start-up of four private institutions of higher education in Malaysia, and the set-up of six others within South and East Asia. As Vice President of a regional higher education group, he also consulted for several state and federal governments, private organizations and peak bodies within Southeast Asia on the development of universities and other education projects. He is familiar with the education landscape of the Asian region, and works closely with tertiary institutions and peak industry bodies in the USA, UK, Europe and Australia – having worked within Australasia, including an eight-year stint in the Australian vocational and university sectors.
Topic: “Pleasurable Learning” – Anandamoy Jnanarjon
Managing Director of Techno, Techno India Group
1.Founder and Managing Director of Techno India Group (TIG)
- Chairman – AAJKAAL PUBLISHERS PVT.LTD.
Aajkaal is one of the leading Bengali dailies published from Kolkata
- Global Persona: Participated in Global Education consortium Presidential Forum in Beijing
- Vice President of Friends of Bangladesh (India Chapter)
- Corporate Repertoire: Vice chairman of the Enterprise Development Institute
- Publications: “Tagore for you”, “Vivekananda for you”, “Poetic Pilgrimage”, “Romancing Tagore” etc.
- Education: M.Phil, M.com , ICWA (Inter)
Topic: Tagore – “An inevitable respite”