Events

5.13 JOINT INDO BANGLADESH CELEBRATIONS

  • 5.13 A The Member Secretary placed the brief of the proposal received from the Ministry of External Affairs on the table (Annex II). NIC directed Member Secretary to talk to the Foreign Secretary and the High Commissioner, and work out the details of these programmes.
  • 5.13 B As a first major step of the Joint Indo Bangladesh commemoration, the Committee accepted the initiative for a special train, which Km. Mamata Banerjee informed had been worked out in consultation with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. As mentioned this special train named “Sonar Tari” would reach Dhaka on 8th August 2010 and would carry the cultural personalities and performing artistes and Km. Banerjee invited Chairman and Members to join.
  • 5.13 C NIC approved Rs.5 crore budget from MOC’s Annual Plan as suggested in the relevant Agenda Note (Item P.3.4) for the Indo-Bangla Joint Celebrations.

5.14 COMMEMORATION ACTIVITIES IN THE COUNTRIES NOT COVERED UNDER ICCR PROGRAMMES

  • 5.14 A NIC noted that Tagore had visited a large number of countries and was still admired in most of these.
  • Smt. Ambika Soni felt that the Hungary - specific programme mentioned earlier needed to be worked out. Chairman mentioned that Ministry of External Affairs ‘Country Notes often covered Tagore’s association with these countries, but MOC could also supply country-wise Biographical Notes of Tagore’ visits abroad to Indian Ambassadors to help them plan the celebration.
  • 5.14 B The Committee approved a tentative budget of Rs.10 crores from MOC’s budget for all non-ICCR foreign programmes which would be vetted by the Committee under Foreign Secretary.

5.15 EXHIBITIONS IN INDIA AND OVERSEAS

NIC approved the proposal for holding exhibitions of Tagore’s Paintings (in 3 circuits) in India and Europe/ America and also the estimated budget of Rs.7.5 crores for these.

5.16 HAMPSTEAD HEATH, LONDON

NIC directed that MEA take up this proposal of the Railway Minister with the our HCI in London.


5.17 PUBLICATIONS (PRINT AND ELECTRONIC)

  • 5.17 A Prof. Namwar Singh suggested that publication proposal should involve Sahitya Akademi as Sahitya Akademi had brought out the translations of Tagore’s works in all the Indian languages.
  • 5.17 B Other Members also felt that more translations were required in Indian and foreign languages, for which MOC and Public Diplomacy Division of MEA should work out a larger plan.
  • 5.17 C NIC approved the proposal received from Prof. Sukanta Chaudhuri for creating an ‘Online Electronic Variorum Edition’ of Rabindranath Tagore’s Literary works in Bengali and English at project cost of Rs.2.82 crores.
  • 5.17 D Committee also approved the proposal to support the Special Issue of ‘Marg’.
  • 5.17 E For other proposals of a similar nature, in print or electronic formats, the NIC approved that these be considered by a Committee headed by Secretary, Culture, with Members from Sahitya Akademi, Tagore Experts and eminent publishers.
  • 5.17 F NIC approved a budget of Rs.5 crores for the purpose from Ministry of Culture’s budget.

5.18 COMMUNICATION STRATEGY

  • 5.18 A Member Secretary informed the Committee about the need to build up public awareness in various ways specially through, the Ministry of I&B, who may also engage a professional agency for media management and other requirements of the main commemorations
  • 5.18 B Km. Mamata Banerjee suggested the distribution of different levels of books on or by Tagore in schools and colleges. Thousands of copies of the Gitanjali in different languages (may be even a lakh) could be distributed to make the children and the new generation aware of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
  • 5.18 C Km. Banerjee further suggested support to the Youth Clubs and Competitions, etc., to spread awareness of Tagore, by organizing various events, like essays, preferably through specialized agencies.

5.19 WEBSITE/PORTAL

  • 5.19 A Member Secretary briefed the Committee about the proposal of National Informatics Centre (NIC) for launching a Website. He also said that National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) of the MOC had another proposal under formulation.
  • 5.19 B NIC approved a budget provision of Rs.2 crore for the website, as well as for the public awareness communications campaign.

5.20 MISCELLANEOUS

NIC did not consider any of these proposals.

5.21 BUDGET/ADMINISTRATIVE SET UP IN MINISTRY OF CULTURE

  • 5.21 A Member Secretary informed NIC that the budget for the commemoration would be met from the normal Budget allocation of the Ministry of Culture by making re-appropriations wherever required. In case of additional requirement of funds, matter will be taken up with the Ministry of Finance when such situation arises.
  • 5.21 B Smt. Sushma Nath, Secretary (Expenditure) mentioned that the Ministry of Culture, in consultation with Additional Secretary and FA (who was also present in the meeting), could engage Consultants and supporting staff for the work connected with the commemoration. Some Tagore Experts may also have to consulted (on payment of Honorarium) to ensure the veracity of Notes and Publications issued directly by the Government of India, as any error may become a public issue. Other infrastructure may also be decided in consultation with the Ministry of Finance.