Kuala Lumpur, 10 August 2016 – The Persatuan Bengalee Malaysia – through its Petaling Jaya Centre – will be paying tribute to Rabindranath Tagore in conjunction with the Nobel Laureate’s 155th Birth Anniversary. The Persatuan will be organising a two-day celebration in collaboration with HELP University on Saturday and Sunday, 20th and 21st August 2016. The two-day event will see the staging of a cultural extravaganza as well as an exhibition and forum that will center on the theme of “Tagore: The Universal Man”.
According to Dr. S.R. Sen Gupta, JP, Chairman of the Persatuan Bengalee Malaysia Pusat Petaling Jaya, “The aim of the celebration is to share the works of Tagore who was also a poet and Asia’s first Nobel Laureate as well as an ethnic Bengalee. It will showcase Tagore’s life and works and his influence on the rest of the world, and the influence of the world outside Kolkata and Bengal on his works and thinking.”
“In this regard, we are truly honoured to have secured the collaboration of HELP University to not only stage a cultural extravaganza of dances, songs, poetry and a dance drama at their HELP University Subang premises, but have their full support in hosting an exhibition as well as a forum in which HELP University representatives will participate. Such commitment from our friends at HELP is commendable and demonstrates the importance that Tagore’s works continue to command until this day,” Dr. Sen Gupta adds.
Kick-starting the two-day event on Saturday, 20th August 2016, is the cultural showcase which will be tri-lingual, using Bengali, English and Bahasa Melayu. The highlight of the evening which will be graced by Malaysian and foreign dignitaries, is a dance drama entitled “Chittranggoda”, “Geetanjolir Golpo” performed by guest artistes from India and “Krishnokoli”. These will be complemented by the rendering of poems, children’s dance items, a ballet performance, the influences of Western, North Indian and Carnatic music forms on Tagore’s compositions, Western songs that influenced Tagore’s compositions, and a group choir. The evening’s performance which will involve a cast of more than 80 performers will be brought together by Artistic Director, Ms. Dipti Paul who was trained in Shantiniketan, India.
Augmenting the evening’s event will be an exhibition of Tagore’s life and works. Patrons of the show will be welcomed by several interesting displays in pictorial form as they head to the main auditorium.
The next day, 21st August will see a forum take place. It will be moderated by a local ethnic Bengalee, Dr. Jayati Roy who is a retired Professor of Linguistics with a wealth of experience as an Academic in various disciplines.
This forum will be headlined by several key local and international speakers including Mr. Himanshu Bhatt who will be presenting Dato’ Dr. Anwar Fazal’s paper on “Rabindranath Tagore’s Journey in Malaya – Spreading Universal Values”; Dr. Hena Mukherjee who is also a local ethnic Bengalee and has had various tenures with notable organisations like The World Bank and will speak about “Tagore as represented by the Bengalees in Malaysia and Singapore”; “Mr. Satyam RoyChowdhury – a publisher of Tagore’s works, an educationist from Kolkata, India and also the Managing Director of Techno India Group who will cover “Tagore – An Inevitable Respite”; Mr. Henry Lim, Executive Vice President (Operations), HELP International Corporation Berhad who will share about “Pleasurable Learning – Anandamoy Jnanarjon”.
To round off the celebrations, there will be a luncheon featuring Bengali culinary specialties.
Datuk Dr. Paul T.H. Chan, PJN, Vice Chancellor and President and Co-Founder of HELP University shares the Persatuan Bengalee Malaysia Pusat Petaling Jaya’s enthusiasm in the upcoming event. He says, “HELP University is pleased to be the venue sponsor and to support the Malaysian Bengalee Association in its efforts to promote Nobel Prize Winner and Polymath Rabindranath Tagore’s achievements and work in our new Subang 2 campus. We’re particularly pleased that the Malaysian Bengalee Association is gifting a bust of Tagore to be displayed in our campus, we will dedicate part of our campus grounds as the Tagore Garden. We hope that this exhibition of his life’s work will be an inspiration to our students and members of the public and encourage them to appreciate poetry, literature, art and dance more, as these beautiful art forms make our lives more colourful and interesting.”
A portion of proceeds from the two-day event will be donated to the Rotary International District 3300 “Rotary Kasih”, a Life Transformation Project for the underprivileged children of selected primary and secondary schools.
Tickets to the “Tagore – The Universal Man” are priced at RM80 per person. For ticket purchases and/or enquiries about the event, please contact the following individuals:
Sucheta Sen Gupta
For media enquiries, please contact Dr. S.R. Sen Gupta at +6019 311 8778 or Ms. Rekha Dutt at +6012 308 6534, or Juliet Chan at + 6012 6250207.