Opening Ceremony

A three-day cultural carnival was set into motion on 7th May, 2011 to celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of the iconic poet and playwright Rabindranath Tagore.

The ceremony started with the lighting of the lamp followed by Rabindra Sangeet at Vigyan Bhawan. Honouring the life and works of the multifaceted genius; a number of items were released at the function by distinguished dignitaries. Among those present were the Planning Minister of Bangladesh, Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) A K Khandker, Chairperson UPA Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Minister of Finance Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Culture Kumari Selja, Minister of External Affairs Shri SM Krishna, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smt. Ambika Soni, President of ICCR Dr. Karan Singh and Chief Ministers of many states.

The ceremony marked the announcement of a prestigious International Award, in the name of Rabindranath Tagore, to “recognize very distinguished contributions towards the promotion of international brotherhood and fraternity”. The award, the Hon’ble Prime Minister said, will hopefully be presented by the end of the commemorative year. With a foresight of making Visva Bharati a crown jewel of India’s academic world, the Prime Minister announced a special grant of Rs 95 crores to the university to bring back the glory the institute deserves.

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh addressing at the inauguration of National Commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore

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Opening Program Details

The Opening Ceremony of Commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore was held on 7th May, 2011 at Plenary Hall, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Hon’ble Prime Minister inaugurated the Ceremony.

An international Seminar on “Tagore’s Universalism” was organised by Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation. Plenary speakers and participants included eminent academicians, historians and Tagore experts from India and abroad.

Screening of restored films on Tagore, sourced from Ministries of Culture and Information & Broadcasting’s collections, organised by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

International Seminar on “Tagore’s Universalism” continues.

'Bhartiya Kavita Utsav' organised by Sahitya Akademi with focus on Tagore’s poetry. Around 30 eminent poets from various Indian languages recited their poems.

Screening of restored films on Tagore continued.

Screening of restored films on Tagore continue.

Sahitya Akadevmi, jointly with Lalit Kala Akademi and Sangeet Natak Akademi, organised an exhibition of books, music and portfolios on Tagore in the designated Exhibition space.



Rabindra Chitravali

Commemorative volume on Tagore’s painting - ‘Rabindra Chitravali’

released by
Smt. Sonia Gandhi,
Chairperson, UPA.

Tagore stories on film

Commemorative Audio-Visual Archival album of ‘Tagore stories on film’

released by
Smt. Ambika Soni,
Minister of Information &
Broadcasting.

India Perspectives

Special issue on Tagore of ‘India Perspectives’

released by
Shri. SM Krishna,
Minister of External Affairs.

India Horizons

Special issue of ‘India Horizons’

released by
Dr. Karan Singh, President ICCR.

Commemorative Stamps

Commemorative Stamp
on Rabindranath Tagore

released by
Shri Kapil Sibal,
Minister of Human Resource Development.

  • Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India

  • Pranab Mukherjee, Minister of Finance

  • Air Vice Marshal (Retd) A.K. Khandker Planning Minister, Bangladesh

  • Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson UPA

  • Kumari Selja, Minister of Culture