• Global meet in China to mark 150th birth anniversary of Tagore

        


  • Peking University, Oct 31, 2011: India and China will jointly hold an international conference this week here to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore and discuss his life, work and achievements.

    Noted Indian and Chinese scholars would take part in the conference on November 3, which will be organized by the Indian embassy here in collaboration with Peking University (PKU).

    Tagore, one of the most revered Indian literary figures by Chinese readers, visited Shanghai three times between 1924 to 1929 besides Beijing, Nanjing and Hangzhou.

    Through his visits, the Nobel laureate made extensive contacts with many influential figures of China's literary circles and delivered a number of speeches and exercising far reaching influence on China's literary horizon.

    His works are widely translated into Chinese, with many scholars learning Bengali to study his works.

    Tagore, who became Asia's first Nobel laureate, had much admiration for China. One can find numerous references to China in his work, signs of his curiosity for the Middle Kingdom.

    In 2006, the People's Daily elected Tagore as one of the 50 foreign personalities who have influenced modern Chinese thinking.

    S. Jaishankar, the Indian Ambassador to China, would speak on relevance of Tagore in China, a press release from the Indian Embassy said.

    The meeting would be addressed by PKU President, Professor Zhou Qifeng, noted Chinese Sanskrit scholar, Professor Huang Baosheng, Prof. Anita Sharma, Department of East Asian Studies, Delhi University, Professor Wang Bangwei, PKU Center for India Studies and Research Centre for Eastern Literature.

    Born on May 7, 1861, Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his poetry anthology Gitanjali.

     

    Edited by: Arthars

    Source: MSN News