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Amidst the widespread festivities of the internationally celebrated 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the Indian Institute of Planning & Management (IIPM) added another exceptional feather. On May 16, 2010, IIPM announced a landmark movement in the area of literature, culture and fine arts – the inaugural ceremony of Rabindra Smriti Puraskar (Rabindranath Memorial Awards) was organized at the IIPM Kolkata campus at Salt Lake, Kolkata, where awards were handed over to the legendary personalities in the socio-cultural arena.

Explaining the philosophy behind the ceremony, Dr. Malay Chaudhuri, Founder Director of IIPM and Chairperson, IIPM-Rabindra Smriti Puraskar Selection Committee said, “IIPM has always believed in creating an enhanced consciousness in its students in the areas of art, culture and literature. This helps in creating not only a very different perspective in the young minds but also adds to one’s personality and helps in creating a more intellectual breed of new-age managers. Additionally, IIPM wants to touch the life of every individual around us and extend this consciousness for appreciation of art, culture and literature, which will definitely help in strengthening our social bonds and creating a more evolved society.” Famous Bengali writer and the Chief Guest at the award ceremony, Surajit Das Gupta said, “This award ceremony and the societal contribution of this initiative is highly praiseworthy and truly exceptional. Inspirations like these act as catalysts to spread Tagore’s philosophy amongst the newer generations.”
 
While the evening started with a beautiful song and dance composition performed by IIPM Kolkata students, the most memorable part of the event was of course the actual award ceremony. The awardees included the most respected Dr. Tushar Kanjilal, who was awarded for his exemplary contribution for uplifting the economically downtrodden people of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa, banking on Tagore’s philosophy of rural development. While receiving his award, Dr. Kanjilal said, “Tagore’s heart bled for the poor; his rural philosophy is extremely practical and unique even in today’s scenario.” Another award recipient, the esteemed Selina Hossain, was awarded for her immortal portrayal of the influence of Tagore’s philosophy in the freedom struggle of East-Pakistan in her novel Gayatree Sandhya. She said, “I’m thankful to the IIPM for this rare honour and I’ll donate the entire sum of this prize money to the charitable works that I’ve started after the unfortunate demise of my lovely daughter.” Legendary Rabindra-sangeet artist Suchitra Mitra was awarded for her contribution to make Tagore’s songs a way of life for the common Bengalis. Although she couldn’t attend the ceremony herself, her message was conveyed by a representative: “I would’ve loved to come personally to receive this honour, if health would have permitted me to. But I must not miss this opportunity to thank IIPM for acknowledging my work. This prize ceremony is an exceptional initiative in itself.”

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13/08/2011 4:46am

Tagore was the first Indian to bring an element of psychological realism to his novels. Among his early major prose works are CHOCHER BALI (1903, Eyesore) and NASHTANIR (1901, The Broken Nest), published first serially. Between 1891 and 1895 he published forty-four short stories in Bengali periodical, most of them in the monthly journal Sadhana.

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