TAGORE RESEARCH INSTITUTE remains committed to upholding Rabi Thakur’s heritage

Ebangla Bureau

Kolkata based Tagore Research Institute has emerged as an inspirational educational and cultural institution in Bengal since its inception 54 years ago. It is devoted to comprehensively study of all the aspects of the creativity and the personality of Kavi Guru Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), a polymath. This Institute conducts a two- year diploma course in Tagore studies, the much sought-after course among those keen on studying the contribution to varied creative spheres left behind by the multifaceted personality. The students who finish this course successfully are given the diploma Rabindrajnantirtha and the Institute has been holding its annual convocation ceremony for presenting the diplomas to the graduating students regularly since the late 1960s. This year the Institute held its annual convocation ceremony on 23rd February, 2020, which was held at Rabindra Charcha Bhavan, the Institute’s habitat located in Kalighat Park, South Kolkata. Apart from giving away the diploma to the graduating students, the Institute’s convocation honours several individuals who have distinguished themselves in different areas of study related to the Bard of Bengal. The title Rabindratattwacharya is given to senior Tagore scholars who have significantly contributed to Tagore studies over their lifetime. This year, the Institute honoured Nityapriya Ghosh, noted Tagore scholar, and Prof. Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, noted historian and Tagore scholar, former Vice Chancellor of Visva Bharati and former Chair of the Indian Council of Historical Research, with the Rabindratattwacharya awards. Professor Bhattacharya was given the award posthumously. The Debojyoti Dutta Majumdar Memorial Prize, given to individuals or organizations in recognition of their efforts in furthering the message of Tagore nationally and internationally, was awarded to the cultural organization Chhayanaut of Dhaka. The Nirmal Chandra Ghosh Memorial Prize given in recognition of distinction in the study or practice of Rabindra Sangeet was given to veteran Rabindra Sangeet exponent and teacher Smt. Mekhala Dasgupta. The Salil Chandra Ghosh and Arati Ghosh Memorial Prize is given in recognition of distinction in the study or practice of Rabindra nritya was given to veteran dancer and dance teacher Smt. Polly Guha for her contribution to the Tagorean form of dance. Fourteen students got the Rabindrajnantirtha diploma.

The convocation ceremony was presided over by Sri Prasad Ranjan Ray. Professor Swapan Chakraborty, former Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Presidency University, former Director General of the National Library of India and former Secretary and Curator of Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, was the Chief Guest at the convocation ceremony, and delivered was awarded to the cultural organization Chhayanaut of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Nirmal Chandra Ghosh Memorial Prize (given in recognition of distinction in the study or practice of Rabindra Sangeet) was given to veteran Rabindra Sangeet exponent and teacher Smt. Mekhala Dasgupta. The Salil Chandra Ghosh and Arati Ghosh Memorial Prize (given in recognition of distinction in the study or practice of Rabindranritya) was given to veteran dancer and dance teacher Smt. Polly Guha for her contribution to the Tagorean form of dance. Fourteen students got the Rabindrajnantirtha diploma. The convocation ceremony was presided over by Sri Prasad Ranjan Ray. Professor Swapan Chakraborty, former Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Presidency University, former Director General of the National Library of India and former Secretary and Curator of Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, was the Chief Guest at the convocation ceremony, and delivered was awarded to the cultural organization Chhayanaut of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Nirmal Chandra Ghosh Memorial Prize (given in recognition of distinction in the study or practice of Rabindra Sangeet was given to veteran Rabindra Sangeet exponent and teacher Smt. Mekhala Dasgupta. The Salil Chandra Ghosh and Arati Ghosh Memorial Prize (given in recognition of distinction in the study or practice of Rabindranritya) was given to veteran dancer and dance teacher Smt. Polly Guha for her contribution to the Tagorean form of dance. Fourteen students got the Rabindrajnantirtha diploma. The convocation ceremony was presided over by Sri Prasadranjan Ray. Professor Swapan Chakraborty, former Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Presidency University, former Director General of the National Library of India and former Secretary and Curator of Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, was the Chief Guest at the convocation ceremony. He delivered the convocation address. (edited by PKC)

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