As part of the 161st Birth Anniversary of Tagore, a range of activities were conducted in Spain to commemorate Gurudev´s contribution to world literature and to celebrate the deep friendship shared between Tagore, Zenobia and Jiménez.

On May 5th, a Round Table Conference was organized at the Cervantes Institute Headquarters in Madrid, which discussed the influence of Tagore in Spanish literature, particularly in the later works of the poet Juan Ramón Jiménez and the “Generation of ´27”. The panel included Dr Bashabi Fraser, Director of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies, Prof Amrit Sen from Visva Bharati University, Javier Blasco Pascual from University of Valladolid, and Guillermo Rodriguez, Director of Casa de la India (CDLI). Besides the panelists, Ambassador of India to Spain, Shri Dinesh K. Patnaik, Ambassador of Spain to India H.E. José María Ridao (online), DG ICCR, Shri Kumar Tuhin and Director of Cervantes Institute, Mr. Luis García Montero spoke at the event, followed by classical music performance by Shri Somjit Dasgupta.

 

 

The event also included the ceremony of placing Tagore works, a set of 11 books, in the famous vaults of Cervantes, or La Caja de las Letras (The box of letters) by DG ICCR, Ambassador, Director Cervantes Institute and Director CDLI..

On May 6th and 7th an International Conference on Tagore as an Educator was held at the University of Valladolid. The two day conference had multiple sessions and cultural workshops on the Tagorean model of education as practiced in Shantiniketan which merges arts, science, nature and innovation and what the western educational system can learn from it.

The ground breaking ceremony of the Tagore Center for Asian Studies at the University of Valladolid was held on 6th May 2022. The Center hosts the largest collection of Tagore works outside India (over 20,000) in its library.

The exhibition “Under the Shadow of the Banyan Tree : The School of Rabindranath Tagore” was held from 4th to 6th May in the Indian cultural center Casa de la India in Valladolid, with the aim of recreating the environment and philosophy of Tagore´s Shantiniketan through archival audio-video footage, original publications of Tagore, Rabindra Sangeet and other exhibits.