31. Shri Nirendranath Chakravarty made the following suggestions:

  • (i)   Bringing out a revised publication and not just reprint of the works of great poet making it as flawless as possible;
  • (ii)  Construction of Rabindra Udyan, where exhibitions from time to time are organized;
  • (iii) Electronic edition of Tagore

32. Shri Ratan Thiyam, Acting Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi informed that the Akedemi has already sent their programmes. He suggested that since the activities had been more concentrated in metropolises in last 50 years and there was a need to move over focus on non-metropolitan areas. One should not forget that Tagore established Visva-Bharati not in Kolkata but in Bolpur. He mentioned that the Commemoration should be marked with respect to all cultural institutions and in the celebration of differences. It should also be an occasion for resurrecting the dying art forms and suggested the launching of a Tagore Performance Guarantee Scheme. The other suggestions made were:

33. Prof. U.R. Ananthamurthy, emphasized that after Kalidas, it was only Tagore who though worked in one language got an all-India presence. Tagore showed the real potential of regional languages and the celebration of plurality of languages. Shri Ananthamurthy suggested that Tagore’s books should be available electronically, so that Indians abroad have also access to these.

34. Prof. Karuna Sindhu Das, Vice Chancellor, Rabindra Bharati University, said that a decade ago, a ‘Golden Book of Tagore’ was published and suggested the bringing out a commemorative volume, in which articles and views of the celebrities from all around the world be brought out. Tagore’s major writings should also be translated and published and also be brought out after critical editing. The publication of paintings and selections from writings were also suggested.

35. Secretary (Culture) summed up the major suggestions made at the meeting as under:

  • a). Modernization of the existing Tagore auditoria all over India and the setting up of new Tagore complexes (Parisars), with aesthetic design and multiple facilities.
  • b). Focus on Tagore’s philosophy of pluralism, world peace and universal brotherhood, secularism, alternate education, rural reconstruction and social justice, etc.
  • c). Popularizing his works in all Indian languages for different levels of audience, including for school children, and also translating his major writings in foreign languages.
  • d). Examining the setting up of special Centres and Institutes in Universities (or otherwise) to concentrate on specific aspects of Tagore’s contributions.
  • e). Popularizing Tagore’s art and preserving those that require conservation and also publishing them (Ministry of Culture has already supported Visva Bharati’s multiple-volume publication of his art) and holding exhibitions abroad as well as in India.
  • f). Seeking proposals from States for celebrations and translations and also examining the West Bengal State’s proposal for renovation of Tagore’s ancestral house at Jorasanko in Kolkata, with adequate supporting details.
  • g). Setting up Zonal Tagore Commemoration Committees in 7 or 8 important cities, to examine and support local proposals for celebrations.
  • h). Involving relevant Ministries and agencies for our focusing on Tagore’s contribution to gender, war against casteism, afforestation, rural development, agriculture and cooperatives.
  • i). Reaffirming the bonds with Asian countries that Tagore had created, by instituting a coveted prize, set up an Asian Research Centre and the like.
  • j). Celebrating Tagore’s connections with several other countries of the world, that were established through his visits or through his writings (for example, his stirring poem on ‘Africa’ and ‘Korea’), through the ICCR’s Centres, the Indian Missions, the Ministry of Culture and other organizations.
  • k). Special emphasis be given on the Joint Indo-Bangladesh Celebrations.

36. The National Committee took note of the very valuable suggestions made by the members and decided to authorize the National Implementation Committee to examine them in detail and decide on their implementation subject to the overall availability of financial resources.

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37. The National Committee was informed of the need for appropriate administrative structure so that the programmes and projects approved by the National Committee and National Implementation Committee could be carried out properly. The National Committee took note of the issue and decided to authorize the Chairman, National Implementation Committee to decide It was agreed that the Culture Ministry’s Special Cell had to continue, for this Commemoration.

38. Regarding budgetary allocation, it was decided that the same will be looked into by the National Implementation Committee for appropriate decisions.

The Meeting ended with a vote of thanks.