Events

7. After detailed discussions on the other proposals in the ‘Digest’, the following decisions were arrived at :

Serial No. Agenda Item Decision
I.A Tagore Centres Financial Assistance for construction of new Tagore Centres in the State Capitals where no such Complex exists NIC fully supported all the 3 proposals (i.e. for State capitals that were uncovered; for non-capital towns and for upgradation of existing facilities). NIC advised the Ministry to write to the State Governments and to revert to the NIC.

Member-Secretary mentioned that the Ministry’s proposal initiated earlier for reintroducing (on larger scale) its scheme for the Multi-Purpose Cultural Complexes has since found favour with the Planning Commission. This could be used to finance the non-Capital Tagore Complexes Projects during this and the next Plan period.

NIC also favoured proposals for integrated cultural complexes, that covered both tangible and intangible aspects, rather than stand-alone auditoria.
I.B Financial Assistance for construction of new Tagore Centres in other cities/towns which were not covered under the Tagore Centenary Celebrations in 1961.
I.C Financial assistance for restoration/ renovation/ upgradation of the existing Tagore Auditoria set up during and after Tagore Centenary Celebrations in 1961.
I.D Creation of Rabindra Parisars, Multi-purpose Studio and temporary Residency Complexes
I.E Institution of National Awards for Excellence in Literature, Dance, Theatre, Vocal Music, Visual Arts, etc.
NIC approved the proposal. It recommended higher amounts for the Awards. It advised the Ministry to work-out the operational details, including selection process, which should be transparent and involve an eminent jury.
I.F National Exhibitions of Tagore Paintings Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and other major 6 – 10 cities through the Lalit Kala Academy and NGMA. NIC approved the proposal and advised the Ministry to work-out the schedules, costs and other details.
I.G International Exhibitions of Tagore’s paintings in Paris, London, Berlin, Rome and New York.
NIC fully agreed with this, but deliberated over relevant issues, like the selection of the Curator(s) for the proposed Exhibitions. It decided that these may be submitted with requisite details to the Committee. Exhibitions were to be based mainly on Tagore’s paintings, available in Visva-Bharati. The Chairman suggested the possible inclusion of those in the custody of the Rabindra Bharati Society in Kolkata, as well. The first exhibition to be held in May 2011 in Paris, was approved to mark the only exhibition of Tagore’s paintings that took place during his life time. The NIC advised that two parallel series of exhibitions could be taken up, in view of the Rules of ‘cooling off’ of Exhibits sent abroad from Indian Museums.
I.H Publication of Tagore biographies and literature
NIC agreed with the proposal and directed that such publications (including CDs) be brought out in as many languages as possible, for different levels of readership.
I.I Publishing Tagore in UN languages under the Ministry of Culture’s proposed scheme of “Indian Literature Abroad (ILA)”. The Member-Secretary mentioned that this scheme was at its initial formulation stage. However, the Committee approved the proposal for translation of Tagore’s literature and biographies into the UN languages, for a befitting start of the ILA scheme. Writings in other Indian languages of iconic writers and authors, like Munshi Premchand, could also be taken up under the ILA.
I.J Publication of Books, CDs, in collaboration of Public Diplomacy Division of Ministry of External Affairs for distribution in Tagore related countries. NIC approved the proposal and advised that the matter be taken up with the MEA by the Culture Ministry. Foreign translation in the languages other than the 6 UN languages could be worked out with MEA and Indian Missions.
I.K Programmes suggested by the Sahitya Akademi, the Lalit Kala Akademi, the Sangeet Natak Akademi, and those to be submitted by other autonomous bodies like the National School of Drama, etc. The Committee agreed that the Ministry would finance such projects through additional bulk grants, after details were duly worked out and assessed.

II.A Visva-Bharati’s proposal including those suggested by the Team of Experts from National-level Cultural Institutions in 2009, including
  1. museum upgradation,
  2. construction of 1000 capacity auditorium,
  3. bronze casts of sculptures,
  4. publication of Rabindra Rachanabali,
  5. construction of Rabindra Patha Kaksha
  6. Publication of Chitra-vali
NIC approved the projects proposed, in-principle, subject to more detailed ‘due-diligence’ by the Ministry, in collaboration with Ministry of HRD and Visva-Bharati and other concerned organizations/experts, so as to firm up the estimates and other working details. NIC also took note of the progress made in II.A(a) and II.A(d). NIC advised that an auditorium (II.A(b) should get primacy among the proposals. NIC noted with satisfaction that Culture Ministry had given grants to Visva-Bharati for the Chitravali [II.A(f)] and that progress has been made.
II.B Rabindra Bharati Society’s two projects on Rabindra Sangeet (a) Centres for Teaching Rabindra Sangeet & Dance (b) Distance Learning Programme for Rabindra Sangeet
The NIC advised the Ministry to focus on the Rabindra Bharati Society’s collections of Tagore and related paintings that were in the Society’s custody and required immediate attention, so that they were integrated with the national art treasures at the NGMA. The Chairman expressed concern on the encroachments, which pose hazards (like fire) in the vicinity of Rabindra Bharati University and advised Member-Secretary to take it up.

The specific proposals would be considered after further details were received from the Rabindra Bharati University and the Society, in the same manner as mentioned at II.A above.

III.A Support to State Governments: Proposal of the Chief Minister of West Bengal made to the Prime Minister, for assistance for the following projects :
  1. Rebuilding of Nimtala Ghat, cremation place of Tagore.
  2. Renovation of Jorasanko Thakurbari, the ancestral house of Tagore, that now houses Rabindra Bharati University
  3. Cultural Programmes
  4. Exhibitions
  5. Seminars
NIC wanted the Ministry to examine the requisite details, after obtaining them from the State Government and place them before the Committee, for a view. NIC also advised the Ministry to check up whether the Nimtala Ghat project had been taken up by the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
III.B Proposals from other State Governments. The Ministry reported that no proposal has been received from other State Governments, so far.

NIC requested Member-Secretary to write to the Chief Secretaries of all the State Governments to send in their proposals with sufficient details, so that they could be considered appropriately. NIC also felt that other eminent personalities on the National Committee, etc., may be consulted in this exercise.
III.C Proposals received from State level and other non Governmental Organizations/ Institutions, etc. for this Commemoration. The NIC noted that not all proposals for Commemoration may emanate from the State Governments and this sector would require to be dealt with directly through Central assistance, by setting up suitable mechanisms. Later, this was firmed up under VI.B
 
IV. Proposals of other Ministries and CPSUs
IV.A The Ministry of Railways’ proposal to introduce a Commemorative trains and to consider establishment of Cultural Centres/ Museums at major places along the Railway network, where Tagore stayed, such as Ghazipur, Dehradun, Mumbai, etc.
The NIC desired that this may be ascertained by the Ministry for being incorporated under the overall Programme of the Government of India Commemorations.

Chairman, NIC, stated that the historic coaches associated with Tagore, especially the one that was used by him for his last journey to Kolkata from Bolpur, be refurbished and preserved with due respect.
IV.B Department of Posts to release a Commemorative Stamp.
NIC approved and advised the Ministry to take up the matter with the Department.
IV.C Ministry of HRD may establish Tagore Centres or Institutes, through UGC and establish Tagore Chairs in Universities in Indian and abroad, and support programmes proposed by academic institutions. The Member-Secretary informed that the Ministry of HRD has already taken up a major Programme with UNESCO in Paris and NIC endorsed it. Ministry of HRD may consider other worthy proposals for the Commemoration within their budget. Minister for HRD specifically mentioned that, instead of concentrating only on the preservation of Tagore’s heritage, the perpetuation of his heritage was also essential. This could be done by setting up a ‘Liberal Arts University’ in areas associated with Tagore and this could be of international stature. The proposal for UNESCO Category-I institute, like the one under execution, for Mahatma Gandhi, could be considered for setting up an adjunct centre on Tagore Studies. NIC agreed and suggested that (perhaps) hill stations, like Mussorie, Dalhousie or Almora, could be considered as venues.
IV.D Several suggestions for making documentary films on other visual media had been received by the Ministry, and one of them by Award-winning Director (Rituparno Ghosh) had been forwarded by the Minister for Railways. There were other equally interesting projects from eminent personalities like Promita Mallick (details at pg.19-20 of Agenda Notice). NIC felt that the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting may evaluate these proposals and other suitable programmes and help make a film. Additional funding would have to be made available to it, for supporting those that were found suitable for the Commemoration.
IV.E The proposal for retrieving all the available Tagore related items from FTTI, AIR, Doordarshan, NFDC, Films Division archive, etc, for making Documentaries and CDs for easy availability and public distribution were flagged for support. NIC approved and additional funds could be considered.
IV.F Ministry of Rural Development may undertake new programmes in view of Tagore’s special interest in villages and rural enterprise.
The NIC fully supported this and the Chairman intervened to mention the very special and pioneering efforts made by Tagore for rural industries/crafts, rural development, the cooperative movement, and for eradication of untouchability. He recalled Tagore’s relations with Elmhirst and other eminent stalwarts in the field. The path-breaking role and plans of Tagore and his followers from Sriniketan, near Shantiniketan requires to be assessed, evaluated and acknowledged, as part of the commemorations.

NIC directed the Member Secretary to take this up with his counterparts in the Ministries of Rural Development, Agriculture and Social Justice & Empowerment for chalking out suitable Programmes.
IV.G Encouraging Banks and other CPSU’s to also undertake suitable commemorative Programmes. For example, Coal India Limited may supplement the proposals of Ministry of Culture or academic institutions. NIC supported the idea. Chairman mentioned that the Banking Secretary would be in touch with Member-Secretary. CPSUs may be requested to participate, as part of the overall celebrations by the Government of India and inform Ministry of Culture & NIC about their calendar of activities.
 
V. The proposals of Jadavpur University, IDS (Kolkata) and Rabindranath Tagore Centre for Human Development were noted. NIC advised that necessary details be obtained and examined in consultation with MHRD and then placed to the Committe.
 
VI. Programmes proposed by voluntary organizations and individuals. The Ministry of Culture has received many proposals from voluntary organizations and individuals for financial support to undertake programmes to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Tagore. Member-Secretary mentioned that he required expert advice to appraise many of the proposals that came to the Government of India for this celebration. NIC decided that these would be examined and the eligible ones supported through the Zonal-level Tagore Commemoration Committees (ZTCCs). They would be administered by the existing Zonal Cultural Centres of the Ministry of Culture and the CFGS procedure would be adopted for the purpose. Beyond Rs.5 lakhs, the Ministry’s approval would be mandatory and a committee may decide on them. For administrative convenience, redelineating the ZCCs, with metros as the hubs would be done, wherever necessary. For membership of the ZTCC(s), suggestions of some eminent Members of the National Committee and others would be obtained by the Ministry.
 
VII.A Commemorative Programmes abroad. In this connection, Member-Secretary pointed out that proposals in particular, on pages 30-31 of the Agenda Notes, had not been evaluated.
NIC directed that either the Member-Secretary could ascertain from the Indian Missions abroad the position and the capabilities of the concerned Organizations or these could be submitted to the NIC with the views of the Committee under Foreign Secretary, referred to above, for a decision.

NIC approved the Ministry’s proposal for the Tagore Paintings Exhibitions abroad subject to clauses mentioned at I.G above.

It also supported the efforts under its International Cultural Relations Programmes to hold Tagore-specific programmes in countries that were not covered by ICCR Centres, through the concerned Embassies/High Commissions and other Organizations.
VII.B ICCR ICCR’s proposals were approved. NIC observed, however, that these could be stepped up substantially to leverage the occasion, as part of India’s Cultural Diplomacy.
VII.C Indo - Bangladesh Joint Commemorations Member-Secretary reported that this has not made substantial progress. NIC advised him to contact MEA and the Indian Mission suggesting, inter-alia, suitable programmes be taken up at Tagore related sites, in both countries and for joint celebrations.
VII.D UNESCO’s Celebrations. Member-Secretary mentioned that programmes have been planned by the Ministry of HRD and the PRI, at UNESCO, in consultation with Visva-Bharati and the Ministry of Culture. A detailed Report may be obtained from the PRI/Ministry of HRD and be placed to the NIC.
 
VIII. Others: Administration and servicing of NIC and ZTCCs. NIC approved the setting up of the Implementation and Over-seeing Organizations with very limited budgets as mentioned on pages 3-5 of the Agenda Notes.