Celebrating the Legacy of Rabindranath Tagore

The Vancouver Tagore Society is happy to announce that the Third Annual West Coast Tagore Festival will get underway amid beautiful displays and engaging cultural programs on Friday September 13, 2013 and Saturday September 14, 2013 at the Performance Hall of the Richmond Cultural Center, Richmond, BC in Canada. The main event of the Festival will be inaugurated by the Mayor of the City of Richmond, Malcolm Brodie, on Saturday September 14, 2013.

You are most cordially invited along with your families, friends and acquaintances. 

Admission is free. Donations are happily and gratefully accepted.

A myriad-minded man, Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941), was a poet, novelist, musician, painter and playwright who reshaped Bengali literature and music. At the same time he was a social reformer, educator, the ultimate humanist, environmentalist, champion of women’s rights, internationalist and an idealist philosopher considered among the great living men of his age whose voice was heard and listened to all over the world. Tagore’s ideals and guiding principles remain equally relevant in today’s world.

The West Coast Tagore Festival 2013 is a 2-day celebration of life and work of Nobel-laureate poet and World cultural icon, Rabindranath Tagore. Reputed scholars, multicultural poets and talented performing artists will present works of Tagore, through music, dance, poetry, mini-play, lectures, exhibits, etc. 

The Festival is generously supported by the City of Richmond, and the esteemed partners include World Poetry Reading Series, Writers

 International Network Canada, Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society and Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast. While the media sponsors include Vancouver Coop Radio CFRO and Shaw Multicultural Channel. 

West Coast Tagore Festival 2013

Richmond Cultural Center, 

7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC, V6Y 1R9

Friday September 13, 2013. 6:30PM - 8:30PM

  • Slide Presentation of Tagore's paintings with Tagore music in the background
  • Presentation of poems on Tagore by World Poetry poets
  • Presentation of poems by Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast
  • Presentation of Tagore's poems and readings from his works

Saturday September 14, 2013. 10:30AM - 4:30PM

  • Inauguration by Malcolm Brodie, the Mayor of the City of Richmond
  • Presentation of Tagore's poems, music and dance by the child artists from the community
  • Poetry by Dr. Jan Walls, World Poetry Reading Series, Renee Saklikar, Bernice Lever, Bong Ja Ahn, Anika Mahmud, Deb Mukerji, Sanzida Habib, Alan Hill and others
  • Keynote speech by Ashok Bhargava
  • Punishment, a short play based on Tagore's story
  • Tagore music and songs by Sabuj Mazumder, Shankhanaad Mallick, Amlan Das Gupta, Aparajita Chowdhury, Avik Dey, Avinanda Mukerji, Rafia Mahzabin, Duke Ashrafuzzaman, Monish Chakraborti and others
  • Dances by Shaily Gupta, Soumyee Gupta, Keya Ghosh, Fayeza Islam, Maisha Haque, Anuradha Mitra, Selene Bertelsen and others
  • Refreshments

For more information, stay tuned, look up West Coast Tagore Festival 2013 on the Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/172270719619378/) or contact the Vancouver Tagore Society.