Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore at the Indian Consulate

May 12

Consulate of India celebrated the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize, way back in 1913. He was a poet, philosopher, playwright, painter, and educationists who went on to set up a unique university Vishwabharti at Shantiniketan in Kolkata which is one of the favoured universities by students in Chiang Mai wishing to pursue higher studies in India. During the event Consul Krishna Chaitanya spoke about Tagore’s contribution to India’s freedom struggle and his visit to Bangkok. Swan from Swan Bay Rock accompanied by Vinimay rendered some soulful Rabindra Sangeet, a genre of music pioneer by Tagore. A Shantiniketan alumni Dr Amnuyapond from CMU talked about Tagore’s humanism. Another Shantiniketan alumni Robert James talked about Tagore’s paintings. Shyam Arora recited two poems – ‘To Siam’ and ‘Farewell to Siam’ written by Tagore during his weeklong visit to Bangkok in 1927. Ammu from Calicut in India sang the National Anthem of India. Catering was by Achcha Authentic Indian Restaurant.

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