Seminar on Rabindranath Tagore: Tradition and Modernity (May 10-11, 2011.)
In a world wrecked by violence and war, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s teachings, continue to be the moorings of life’s sustenance for millions. Tagore--The Humanist, lives like an anchor through his work. On the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev, CSIR-CGCRI organised this National Seminar jointly with Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha. The medium of communication was primarily Hindi. Dr D K Bhattacharya, Advisor Technology Management, Chief Scientist cum Head, Analytical Facility Division, CSIR-CGCRI gave the welcome address. The Foundation Lecture on this occasion was delivered by Mrs Jaya Mitra, noted Bengali writer cum social activist who spoke on a vibrant topic entitled “Tagore and Our Times”. Famous novelist and Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha, Mr Vibhuti Narayan Rai presided over the inaugural function. Several scholars & researchers addressed on the relevance of Tagore’s work in the contemporary world. The major speakers were Poet Nabarun Bhattacharya Prof Indranath Choudhury, Prof Swapan Majumdar, Prof Gangaprasad Vimal, Prof Ranjit Saha, Prof Shambhunath and many others. Some of the lectures were made in Bengali to cater the local audience. The concluding session was presided over by Prof Indranil Manna, Director, CSIR-CGCRI.