Monday, April 19, 2010

China gets ready to declare love for Tagore

The Chinese seem to be falling in love with Rabindranath Tagore all over again. The Indian Nobel laureate is to be feted through busts, books and films in the country which he visited twice in the 1920s and, amid controversy, left an influence on the literature of the time.

While a statue of the poet is being put up in Shanghai, a major project of translating his complete works in 28 volumes has been undertaken by a government-run publishing house. Besides, Tagore's birth anniversary will be celebrated in the presence of an international audience at the Indian pavilion during the World Expo in Shanghai on May 10.

The programme includes the screening of a documentary film on Tagore's 1924 tour of China and distribution of a booklet on his impact in this country. In 2006, China's Communist Party signalled its favourable view of the Indian poet when the party organ, the People's Daily, elected him as one of the 50 foreign personalities who have influenced modern Chinese thinking.

Full report here Times of India 

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