Rabindranath Tagore Day

The Bengali poet, playwright, writer, philosopher and social & political thinker Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) is still one of the most influential Indian personalities in all the fields that he was active in. In 1913 he was the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. His music, known as Rabindrasangeet, is still immensely popular. To honour his living legacy, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has gifted a bronze bust of the artist to the India House Leuven. This bust will be inaugurated on 7 May 2015 in the Poetry Garden of the Erasmushuis where an academic session will highlight the different aspects of this monument of Indian Culture.


15.00    Registration

15.15    Welcome by Prof. Dr. Luc Draye, Dean Faculty of Letters KU Leuven

          Lecture by Prof. Dr.  Tapati Mukerjee, Director Rabindra Bhavan, Visvabharati University (Shantiniketan,  India)

          Poetry cum music (three interventions : English/Bengali/Dutch)

17.00    Inauguration Tagore Buste in the Erasmushuis Poetry Garden by

  • E.H. Mr. Manjeev Singh Puri, Ambassador of India to Belgium, Luxemburg and EU
  • Mr. Mohamed Ridouani, Deputy Mayor, City of Leuven
  • Mr. Luc Draye, Dean Faculty of Letters, KU Leuven

17.30    Bengali Reception (tea and snacks)

18.30    Tagore Screening

  • The Story of Gitanjali : Song Offerings (Malay Bhattacharya, 2008)
  • Charulata (Satyajit Ray, 1964)


Where? Erasmushuis, 8th floor, , Leuven
When? 7 May 2015, 3 PM - 8.30 PM
Registration? Required through the online form