President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate a study centre-cum-museum dedicated to the life and works of Rabindranath Tagore at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) here on the poet’s 152nd birth anniversary.
The president is scheduled to open the Tagore Centre for the Study of Culture and Civilisation on May 24, which will not only promote research on the works and philosophy of the Nobel laureate but also throw light on his life. Mukherjee, will also deliver the first Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Lecture at the IIAS on same day.
The centre, being set up by the central government, would also encourage translations of his works into other Indian languages. Apart from seminars and lectures, the Tagore centre would offer four fellowships to scholars working on the poet’s ideas and philosophy.
“An eight-foot high portrait of Tagore, provided by the union ministry of human resource development, apart from two other pictures, one with Mahatma Gandhi and the other with Albert Einstein will be showcased,” according to officials in the IIAS. The IIAS has a collection of photos, ranging from his childhood to the conferring of the Nobel prize on him.