The Indian Council of World Affairs organized an International Conference on “Rabindranath Tagore – Envoy of India: His Vision of India and the World”. The Conference was held on 9-10 May, 2013 at Sapru House, New Delhi. The outline of this conference was a commemorative volume on Tagore’s travels and his vision of India and the World.
The Conference provided a forum to scholars from the 34 countries that Tagore visited for discussion on his global legacy as an envoy of India, highlighting his vision of independent India in a peaceful and unified world free from strife and conflict.
2 scholars and members of ELINEPA attended the Conference from Greece, Dr. Dimirios Vassiliadis, who spoke on “Tagore’s historical journey to Greece” and Dr. Andreas Katonis who spoke on “Tagore and the Delphic Idea”.
The Conference offered the opportunity to improve our understanding of Tagore’s contemporary relevance. This included an exploration of his travels to countries ranging from Japan to Argentina and the extent to which he succeeded in creating an enduring legacy. It also demonstrated the extent to which Tagore’s journeys influenced his own views of the universal Man and the world as a whole. How was he influenced by the culture and traditions of the countries he visited? How did his thoughts impact the overseas audience? How did these voyages contributed to his philosophy of internationalism, humanism and spiritual unity and religion of man?
The Conference’s programme was as follows:
On Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The delegates proceeded to ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan’ where they attended the release of the book “Contemporarising Tagore and the World” by H.E. the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee
On Thursday, May 9, 2013
Sessions Venue: Sapru House
1000 to1030 hrs. Inaugural Session
- Welcome Remarks: Ambassador Rajiv K Bhatia,Director General, Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi
- Inaugural address: Mr Pinak R. Chakravarty, Secretary(PD & ER), Ministry of External Affairs
- Keynote Address: Ambassador Muchkund Dubey, President, Council for Social Development & former Foreign Secretary of India
1045 to1315 hrs. Session I: Tagore’s Travel to Europe and America-1
1315 to 1400 hrs. Lunch
1400 to 1630 hrs. Session II: Tagore’s Travel to Europe and America-2
1930 hrs onwards Dinner hosted by, DG, ICWA (Venue: Longchamp, The Taj Mahal Hotel, Man Singh Road, N. Delhi)
Friday, May 10, 2013
Sessions Venue: Sapru House
1000 to 1130 hrs. Session IV: Tagore’s Travel to South Asia and East Asia
1130 to 1145 hrs. Tea/Coffee Break
1145 to 1315 hrs. Session V: Tagore’s Travel to West Asia and Africa
1315 to 1415 hrs. Lunch
1415 to 1615 hrs. Session VI: Tagore’s influence on the Ethos of Indian Foreign Policy
1615 to 1630 hrs. Tea/Coffee break
1630 to 1730 hrs. Valedictory Session
The event got much attention of the press and was covered by major indian newspapers.