GK: TAGORE AWARD FOR CULTURAL HARMONY
The Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for the years 2014, 2015 & 2016 is being conferred
1.Thee doyen of Manipuri dance Sh. Rajkumar Singhajit Singh
2.Chhayanaut (a cultural organization of Bangladesh) and
3.One of India’s greatest sculptors, Sh. Ram Vanji Sutar, respectively.
The Jury under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister, Sh Narendra Modi and comprising of the Chief Justice of India, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Shri N. Gopalaswami & Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe
Shri Rajkumar Singhajit Singh
- A doyen of Manipuri dance
- The award recognizes his contribution in keeping the tradition of Manipuri dance alive and vibrant, promoting harmony through dance and also pays tribute to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, who, deeply influenced by Manipuri dance, made it an integral part of the education curriculum at Visva Bharati.
- It was established in 1961, has played a leading role in promoting Tagore’s works and Bengali culture, music and literature not only within Bangladesh, but all across the world.
- It has built a close bridge of understanding and cultural exchange between Bangladesh and India, especially West Bengal.
- Chhayanaut was part of the movement for an independent Bangladesh and provided a platform for cultural expression and assertion of Bengali identity.
Sh. Ram Vanji Sutar
- He is one of the greatest living sculptors of India.
- He has created more than fifty monumental sculptures in the last forty years of his career.
- At the beginning of his career, he was involved in restoring several ancient sculptures found in the caves of Ellora and Ajanta.
- His first notable work was the 45 feet Chambal monument at the Gandhi Sagar Dam, in Madhya Pradesh.
- The annual award was instituted by the Government of India during the commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
- The first Tagore Award was conferred on Pt. Ravi Shankar, the Indian Sitar Maestro in 2012 and second was conferred on Shri Zubin Mehta in 2013.
- The award carries an amount of 1 crore, a citation in a scroll, a plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft/ handloom item.
- The award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, language, caste, creed or sex.